Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Teen Reads

As part of Library Week, Thursday is ‘Support Teen Literature Day’.

More than half of YA books are bought by those over 18. The 30-44 group accounts for over 25% of sales. 78% of that age group said they bought the books for themselves. Surprised? Maybe not when you realise that Hollywood is cashing in on YA fiction with movies such as "The Hunger Games", "Twilight" series, "Life of Pi", "The Perks of Being a Wallflower", and "The Chronicles of Narnia". Adult fiction authors James Patterson, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, and Harlan Coben are among those who’ve taken on teen market.

The following websites are worth a look. The readergirlz blog promotes teen literacy and like social services (Operation Teen Book Drop). Guys Lit Wire dispels the notion that boys don’t read. The site posts lit news and reviews for guys by guys. For those concerned about content, teenlitreviewblog. offers Christian based reviews for tweens and teens written by moms, educators, and teens. Teen Reads and The Hub feature a bit of everything including polls and contests.