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Announcing the Customer Selected Essential Books for Young Adults List!


Back in June when we launched our editorially-curated Essential Books for Young Adults Store we asked you, our customers, to write in your favorite teen titles. Well, we’re pleased to announce that after weeks of furious nominating and data tallying, we have the final list! It was really fun to narrow down these top ten, which feature obvious crowd pleasers (The Hunger Games), other books by authors featured on the editorial list (John Green and Markus Zusak), newer releases (Divergent), and even a tried-and-true classic (To Kill a Mockingbird)! See below for the full listing:

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  6. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  7. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  9. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Is your favorite missing? Don’t worry (for too long). We’ll be reviewing this list annually so stay tuned for another chance to vote in the coming year. In the meantime, tell us what you think about these customer selections… and of course, happy reading!


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