What Are They Reading for Fun?
This post previously appeared in School Library Journal's Extra Helping.
Melissa Rabey, Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick, MD:
It was all about Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” this summer, with many requests for the first three books in the series, thanks to the August release of Breaking Dawn (Little, Brown, 2008). The upcoming movie is also stoking the fire. Just as eagerly anticipated is Brisingr (Knopf, 2008), the third book in Christopher Paolini’s “Inheritance” cycle. Manga moves swiftly, with demand very high for Tite Kubo’s “Bleach” and Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto” series (both Viz Media). Plenty of teens are rereading or discovering series such as J. K. Rowling’s "Harry Potter" (Scholastic), Cecily von Ziegesar’s “It Girl” (Little, Brown), Meg Cabot’s “The Princess Diaries” (HarperCollins), and Mary Hoffman’s “Stravaganza” (Bloomsbury). Finally, the forthcoming movie adaptation of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Knopf, 2006), by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, has led both teens and adults to this edgy novel.