Top Teen Tome list announced for World Book Day


The nation has voted for the books that help shape and inspire teenage lives the most, with the results announced to mark World Book Day today (6th March).

The results of the Writes of Passage initiative, run by the organisers of World Book Day, create the ultimate list of 50 recommended reads for teens.  It includes a plethora of genres from the critically acclaimed to unworldly fantasy.

Thousands of adults and teenagers in the UK voted for different categories.  From the awkwardness of the first time (Judy Blume’s Forever) to the brutality of war (Joseph Heller’s Catch 22), the tender (Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper), the terrifying (Stephen King’s The Shining) and fantastical (J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series) the list shows how books can inspire and entertain young adults at a time of transition and, more importantly, keep them reading.

The Top 10, led by Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, includes nine recommendations that have also been adapted for the big screen:

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

1984, George Orwell

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

A Streetcat Named Bob, James Bowen

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Malorie Blackman, the award-winning author of bestselling teenage series Noughts and Crosses, which also makes the top 50, helped launch the initiative back in November.  Speaking of the results, Blackman says, “This is a brilliant and varied list proving there is no one genre or definition which exactly describes an ultimate story which may inspire and fire the imagination of teenagers – we have everything, from established classics to modern blockbusters to genuine surprises.  This exciting list provides inspiration for great reads.”

The full list of 50 is split into the following categories:

Books that will change the way you think

Books that will help you understand you

Books that will make you cry

Books that will make you laugh

Books that will scare you

Books that will teach you about love

Books that will thrill you

Books that will transport you

World Book Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide with a main aim in UK and Ireland to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.

All children in full-time education are entitled to receive a £1 World Book Day Book Token (or equivalent €1.50 Book Token in Ireland) which can be exchanged for one of eleven specially published £1 World Book Day books. In 2014 these include two young adult titles: Rock War: The Audition by author of number one smash CHERUB, Robert Muchamore, and The Boy in the Smoke, by New York Times bestselling ‘Queen of Teen’ Maureen Johnson.

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