Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fantasy and Education Top Best-Selling Teen Books

By Sara Gundell; Source: Examiner

Online retailer Amazon.com released its best-selling titles in teen books today, and it was a surprising mix of fantasy-adventure based Young Adult Literature and educational texts. Two classroom reading list books also made the top 8 list. The combination signals the beginning of the school year – and the ever-growing popularity of fantasy literature amongst teens.

The number-one book on the list was Suzanne Collins’ Catching Fire, the second book in her Hunger Games series, which just came out last week. More surprising was the number two book – Stephenie Meyer’s Eclipse, which has been out for a couple years now. It could be fans have a renewed interest in the book, since the movie version is now filming in Vancouver, B.C. A paperback version of Eclipse was also recently released.

The number three book was Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – another supernatural teen romance, this time featuring the next big thing in creature of the night love interests, a werewolf. The book takes an interesting spin on the werewolf storyline, and has storyline appeal to Twilight Saga fans. The author herself even created a haunting trailer for the book:

The next books on the list are standard assigned reading fare – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street. Either teens are finishing some really last-minute summer reading, or these books are big on teachers’ lists for the start of the school year. It’s also possible that teens have discovered that some of their assigned reading books are also just really good reads (like Fahrenheit 451 and The House on Mango street). Or is that just wishful thinking?

Also amongst the top six books for teens are two prep guides for standardized tests – showing that teens (or at least their book-buying parents) are gearing up for this Fall’s round of SATs and ACTs.

New Moon: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion (Twilight Saga) is also one of the best-selling teen books. The book isn’t actually out yet – so it made the list based on presales alone, once again proving the buying power of teens and the fan fervor for anything Twilight Saga-related. The New Moon movie hits theaters November 20th.

Here’s the complete list:

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