To help teen readers find good books even when I am not around to give them ideas, the Middletown Public Library uses a form called Teen Choice Best Books. After teens complete the form, it is posted on the bulletin board with a copy of the book cover. Ideally in just a few words or phrases, they can capture what makes these books great and sell them to other teen readers looking for something new. I like the “don’t take my word for it” aspect of the display because I’m an adult, so I could be wrong, but peers should should have more insight. Here are some of the books our teens are reading along with their personal spin on why you should read them too.
Serena, 17: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Dani, 16: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Cari, 14: The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Julia, 14: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Brittany, 16: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Lexxy, 12 : Sweep series by Cate Tiernan
Rebecca, 12 : The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne
What three words describe a great book you’ve just read?
— Laura C. Perenic is reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (a 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee)