Saturday, May 28, 2011

Top 25 Library Circulations 2010-2011

What do middle schoolers like to read? The top 25 novels circulated in my library this year are listed below. Popular fiction trends include dystopias, horror, fantasy, and romance. The list reflects checkouts between September 2010-May 2011. We are a 6-8 grade middle school library in the suburbs of Fort Worth, TX. The books are listed in order, with the most frequently checked out book listed first (Beastly).
Beastly (Alex Flinn)
A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death.
Flipped (Wendelin Van Draanen)
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
Katniss Everdeen, having survived the Hunger Games twice, learns she and her family and friends are in danger because the Capitol holds her responsible for the unrest and races against time to protect those she cares about and the people of District 12.
The Maze Runner (James Dashner)
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
Bad Girls Don't Die (Katie Alender)
When fifteen-year-old Lexi's younger sister Kasey begins behaving strangely and their old Victorian house seems to take on a life of its own, Lexi investigates and discovers some frightening facts about previous occupants of the house, leading her to believe that many lives are in danger.
Gone (Michael Grant)
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.
Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
The Hunt for the Seventh (Christine Morton-Shaw)
Jim moves with his dad and sister to Minerva Hall where a ghostly voice urging him to "find the Seventh" draws him into a sort of macabre treasure hunt for clues to an ancient prophecy that threatens them all.
Uglies (Scott Westerfeld)
Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen-year-old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty world that she doesn't like.
The Declaration (Gemma Malley)
Anna, the child of parents who refused to sign the Declaration, which forbids people to have children, must chose between cheating the law or facing certain death.
The Roar (Emma Clayton)
In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been obliterated and a wall has been erected to keep out plague-ridden animals, twelve-year-old Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her in spite of the dangers he faces in doing so.
Dark Life (Kat Falls)
When fifteen-year-old Ty, who has always lived on the ocean floor, joins Topside girl Gemma in the frontier's underworld to seek and stop outlaws who threaten his home, they learn that the government may pose an even greater threat.
The House of the Scorpion (Nancy Farmer)
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Girlfriend Material (Melissa Kantor)
Kate's hopes for a summer romance are dashed when her mother announces plans to stay with wealthy friends in Cape Cod as a ploy to make Kate's father jealous, but when Kate is introduced to Adam things begin to look brighter.
Killer Pizza (Greg Taylor)
While working as summer employees in a local pizza parlor, three teenagers are recruited by an underground organization of monster hunters.
Leviathan (Scott Westerfeld)
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
The Demon King (Cinda Williams China)
Relates the intertwining fates of former street gang leader Han Alister and headstrong Princess Raisa, as Han takes possession of an amulet that once belonged to an evil wizard and Raisa uncovers a conspiracy in the Grey Wolf Court.
The Prophecy of the Sisters (Michelle Zink)
In late nineteenth-century New York state, wealthy sixteen-year-old twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe find that they are on opposite sides of an ancient prophecy that has destroyed their parents and seeks to do even more harm.
Unwind (Neal Shusterman)
Three teens embark upon a cross-country journey in order to escape from a society that salvages body parts from children ages thirteen to eighteen.
The Resistance (Gemma Malley)
In a future England where young people, or "Surpluses," are heavily regulated and everyone takes a drug called Longevity, a member of the Underground infiltrates the Pincent Pharma manufacturing plant and uncovers horrific acts being committed in an attempt to create eternal youth.
A Kiss in Time (Alex Flinn)
Sixteen-year-old Princess Talia persuades Jack, the modern-day American who kissed her awake after a three-hundred-year sleep, to take her to his Miami home, where she hopes to win his love before the witch who cursed her can spirit her away.
The Knife of Never-Letting Go (Patrick Ness)
Todd, one month away from an important birthday, learns all the tough lessons of adulthood when he is forced to flee after discovering a secret near the town where he lives.
North of Beautiful (Justina Chen Headley)
Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of her Goth classmate Jacob.
The Summoning (Kelley Armstrong)
Chloe Saunders is haunted by a particularly violent ghost and is sent to Lyle House, a center for disturbed teens, where she finds herself investigating a series of other paranormal happenings.

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