The Harry Potter series conjured its way to the No. 1 spot in an online poll of best teen novels of all time conducted by NPR. J. K. Rowling’s series edged out The Hunger Games in second place and Harper Lee’s 1960s classic To Kill a Mockingbird in third. Other required-reading titles in the top 10 include The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
The top 10 also includes some deserving, non-franchise contemporary best-sellers. John Green, who has one of the most fervent followings of any YA author out there, had two titles in the top 10 — The Fault in Our Stars at No. 4 and Looking For Alaska at No. 9 — and five total in the top 100. Marcus Zusak’s inventive 2006 Holocaust novel The Book Thief came in at No. 10.
It looks like the Twihards didn’t mobilize for this particular poll. Stephenie Meyers’ vampire series came in at No. 27 between Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.
Check out the entire list of 100 books. Where does your favorite stand? Does Harry Potter belong at the top?