What You're Buying: Summer Reads

We asked Barnes & Noble in Springfield for its best-selling novels. The overarching trend: Novels for young adults are big sellers in 417-land, dominating the list.

1. Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins, $17.99
As the second book in the popular The Hunger Games trilogy, this novel picks up after Katniss Everdeen has won the Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. And there are rumors of a rebellion.
2.Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins, $17.99
As the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, this novel continues the exciting story of Katniss Everdeen, who agrees to lead the rebellion against the rulers in the capitol of Panem.
3. The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins, $17.99
In the nation of Panem, the capitol city keeps the 12 districts in line by forcing them each to send one boy and one girl to participate in a fight to the death on live TV.
4. Divergent
by Veronica Roth, $17.99
This book is the first of a proposed thriller trilogy for teens. It’s set in a dystopian Chicago, where all 16-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice Prior, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is.
5. Fear
by Michael Grant, $17.99
In the fifth book in Grant’s dystopian Gone series, readers go to a world in which all the adults have disappeared, and the kids are determined to survive. But in this new world, they face the enemy known as the darkness—fear. 
6. The Lost Years
by Mary Higgins Clark, $26.99
In this best-selling novel, biblical scholar Jonathan Lyons believes he has found a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. After Lyons is found shot to death in his study, the hunt for the murderer, and the letter, begins.
7. Calico Joe
by John Grisham, $24.95
This baseball-inspired novel tells a story about a near-fatal beanball thrown in 1973 and its aftermath 30 years later. It’s mostly narrated by Paul Tracey, who in 1973 was an 11-year-old kid who loved baseball and detested his dad, the pitcher who threw that near-fatal pitch.
8.Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
by Seth Grahame-Smith, $14.99
Abraham Lincoln learns that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. With his legendary height, strength and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that leads him to the White House.
9. Taken at Dusk
by C. C. Hunter, $9.99
While at Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers, Kylie Galen searches for the truth about who her real family is and what her powers mean.
10. Lucky One
by Nicholas Sparks, $14.99
U.S. Marine Logan Thibault found a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq. When no one claims the photo, he carries it in his pocket, and he starts to experience a streak of luck.

 

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