World Book Day poll reveals top teen reads

World Book Day poll reveals top teen reads

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic) has topped a poll to find the most life-changing books for teenagers.

The Writes of Passage poll was undertaken by the organisers of today's World Book Day (6th March), to find the books that most inspired and changed the lives of teenaged readers.

Coming in second in the film adaptation-dominated list is John Green's The Fault in our Stars (Penguin), before classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Arrow). The rest of the top ten is made up of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series (Bloomsbury), Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (Penguin), The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank (Penguin), A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen (Hodder), The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (HarperCollins), The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Simon & Schuster), and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Malorie Blackman, the award-winning author of bestselling teenage series Noughts and Crosses, which also makes the top 50, said: “This is a brilliant and varied list proving there is no one genre or definition which exactly describes an ultimate story which may inspire and fire the imagination of teenagers."

The poll was voted on by thousands of adults and teenagers, who selected books across different categories, including books that will change the way you think, books that will make you cry, and books that will transport you.

World Book Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world, with school children in the UK and Ireland receiving a £1 or €1.50 book token  which can be exchanged for one of 11 specially printed World Book Day titles.

Bookseller around the country are celebrating World Book Day with a series of special events and promotions.

The complete Writes of Passage list can be found here.