After an unexpected hiatus, I’m happy to continue our Spotlight feature.  Our Young Adult selection is one of our growing sections in the store, and its new location has been well received.  It was once in the kid’s room, but that wasn’t the greatest place for it.  We then pulled it into the middle room behind the Great Wall, effectively hiding it from view.  We’ve done all we can to redeem our wrongs in the past, and I think it’s getting the attention and care it has deserved all along.  What has sold well from here, you ask?

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
2. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
3. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
4. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
5. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
6. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
8. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
9. Riding Invisible by Sandra Alonzo
10. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

The Twilight Saga’s dominance was predictable, I think.  I’m pleased to see Riding Invisible and The Golden Compass on the list, as both are great books.  Our former employee David was a big fan of Pratchett, so he recommended A Hat Full of Sky and its sequels quite often.

This summer, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Catching Fire have been big draws.  The Percy Jackson books have also been gaining popularity (and the movie wasn’t bad, either!), and we’ve constantly been reordering those.  Swordbird by Nancy Yi Fan has also become a big seller.  I think the premise of birds fighting with swords is intriguing, and the cover represents that concept quite well.  And I would be neglect in my duties if I did not mention Meyer’s latest novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, which has also been moving with her fans.

Alas, we don’t have a wide selection of used stock for young adults, but we are working hard on expanding the section with new books.  Collins’ books were a recent addition, as was Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman, several books from Laurie Halse Anderson, including Wintergirls, Rick Riordan’s new series The Kane Chronicles (which begins with The Red Pyramid), and Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely.

This is a section that we look forward to expanding over the next few months, and if any of our local teens have any suggestions, we’re all ears.  We want this store to reflect what our community reads as much as the nation’s, and your comments will only help us improve.

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