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GirlReading-HelenaCavalheiro2Only because I’d decided to start reading a book I’ve had for a while on my “to-read” list by Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven, did I go on to check out his website and blog, and come across this list compiled by NPR, (National Public Radio.)

Alexie linked to the list because his terrific YA novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was ranked #31. I do enjoy lists, and figured why not check it out. So what are teens reading? The list, a result of 75,220 votes in NPR’s Best-Ever Teen Fiction poll and compiled in August 2012, has ranked J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series number 1, followed by Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.

It’s a list of classics such as The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, and more recent offerings by Laurie Halse Anderson, Lauren Oliver and John Green plus many other popular current authors. I’m surprised to see how many classics actually make it in the top portion of this list.

Want to see what NPR says are the Top 100 Teen Reads? Check it out here as well as the 235 other finalists. Descriptions of all books are also on the site. Have some summer reading time? You may want to start here!

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Did you know that J. K. Rowling has written her first novel for adults? The Casual Vacancy, published by Little Brown and Co. is making it’s debut tomorrow, September 27.

A member of the town council of Pagford, Barry Fairbrother, dies unexpectedly in his early forties. The competition for his seat is fierce, and further exemplifies that the quaint town with cobbled streets is not at all what it seems. In fact, everyone is at war with one another and nothing is as it seems.

Want to read more? Here’s J. K. Rowling’s web site with more detail.

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