NPR wants to know what are the Young Adult novels on the market. And they’re asking their readers for help.
And what better classifies great Young Adult fiction like Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles?
Teen fiction shares the virtues of youth itself: energy, vividness, passion. Like adolescents, teen novels revel in drama and grapple with Life’s Big Questions.
For many of us — including the large adult audience that now follows young-adult (YA) fiction — these books also make perfect vacation reads, which is why NPR Books is focusing this year’s annual summer readers’ poll on YA fiction (here are some past polls). During the coming weeks, your votes will decide the titles that make our top-100 list of the best YA novels ever.
The question is bound to come up: How do we define a YA novel? There are many answers. Some focus on the typically young protagonists in these books, or the themes they take up of self-discovery and the challenges of youth. Librarians typically peg the age range for young-adult readers at 12 to 18 years. In the end, though, a YA book is any book that is either marketed to or claimed by a youth audience — a circular definition, to be sure. We’ll assemble a panel of writers and critics that will make any tough calls we face in the judging.
Meanwhile, tap into your inner adolescent — and memories of the books that moved and inspired you. And then send us your lists!
You can nominate up to five titles. Series, like The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, count as one volume of work.
NPR will first assemble a list of nominees before voting begins.
Head over to NPR’s site and submit your nominations–in the comments section–for The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.