We are well past the half-way point of Term 1 and it’s time to look at what the boys are borrowing in the library:
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
No surprises here. The imminent movie release has increased interest in this exciting read. I have multiple copies in the collection and still cannot meet the demand. Lots of boys have a reservation on this one too.
2. Once by Morris Gleitzman
This is driven by Year 7 interest. The younger boys have really taken to Gleitzman’s trilogy, and it’s not hard to see why – Felix is such an appealing character which softens the content matter.
3. Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
The latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, these books are always popular.
4. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden.
I don’t think this book is ever out of the Top 10.
5. The Death Cure by James Dashner
The very brilliant final instalment in the Maze Runner trilogy.
6. Department 19 by Will Hill
This book has been hugely popular since its introduction into the collection last year. Jamie Carpenter’s story has huge appeal for teenage boys, no doubt helped by the inclusion of Frankenstein. (Read my review of Department 19 here).The interest in this franchise will only increase with the release of the next instalment The Rising.
7. The Sleepwalker by Robert Muchamore
Part of the ever popular Cherub series. Cherub needs no promotion – it sells itself through word-of-mouth advertising amongst the boys.
8. Then by Morris Gleitzman
The sequel to Once and possibly the saddest book I’ve ever read.
9. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
The first book in the Maximum Ride franchise. This series has always been strong and continues to entice new readers. The eighth book, Nevermore, is due out in August. The boys also like the Graphic Novel adaptation of this series.
10. Artemis Fowl: the Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer
The fourth book in the Artemis Fowl franchise. This series is eternally popular with the boys and it’s no wonder. Artemis Fowl is a brilliant character: intelligent, witty and calculating. It’s a pity he’s a criminal mastermind.
This list has few surprises, but in some ways I find it a little disappointing. I love the fact that the boys are reading and embracing the wonderful series that exist in the world of Young Adult fiction, however I wish there were more new titles on the list. The Maze Runner and Department 19 were the big hits of 2011 so I can only hope that there will be some equally exciting new releases in 2012.