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The Monday Poll: Most Unusual Source of Magical or Supernatural Powers in YA Lit

2014 June 9
by Allison Tran
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photo by flickr user Linus Bohman

photo by flickr user Linus Bohman

Good morning, Hub readers!

Last week, we wanted to know which character’s closet you’d like to raid. The inimitable Lola Nolan from Stephanie Perkins’ Lola and the Boy Next Door and Evie O’Neill from The Diviners by Libba Bray were at the front of the pack, tied with 24% of the vote each. Have fire extinguishers reader, because Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins followed closely with 16%. Cammie Morgan from The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter was a write-in. Good call! You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted and commented!

This week, we’re curious what you think is the most unusual source of magical or supernatural powers in YA lit. There are a lot of unusual powers out there, but characters are usually born with them. In this poll, we’re taking a look at ordinary people stumbling upon powers in the most unexpected of ways. Cast your vote below, or add your suggestions in the comments!

What's the most unusual source of magical or supernatural powers in YA lit?

  • Choking on your dinner (The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson) (49%, 39 Votes)
  • Gemstone in your navel (Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson) (29%, 23 Votes)
  • High energy particles and an electric blanket (Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements) (8%, 6 Votes)
  • Alien “tokens” that implant themselves and release super nanites (Dangerous by Shannon Hale) (8%, 6 Votes)
  • A magical Faberge egg (Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick) (6%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 80

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