J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series tops NPR's list of 100 favorite teen novels: That's the entire set of seven books, from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." NPR announced the list Tuesday, voted on by listeners and readers.
The top 10 include fantasies and dramas, science fiction and historical fiction, and most interestingly, contemporary books and classics. Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" and its sequels, popularized by the hit film, came in at No. 2, followed immediately by the Harper Lee classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" (which was also a hit film, way back in 1962).
Positions four through nine are dominated by John Green, a 34-year-old Printz Award winner, and J.R.R. Tolkien, who died in 1973 at the age of 81. Green comes in at No. 4 and No. 9, with "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Looking for Alaska," respectively. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is at No. 5 and "Lord of the Rings" series at No. 7.
Rounding out the top 10 are a mix of classic and contemporary writers. J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" (1951) is at No. 6, Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" (1953) at No. 8, and, from 2005, Markus Zusak's "The Book Thief" at No. 10.