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Friday, 8 April 2011

The Bookette's Guide to ... Popular Books This Term #2

So this term the Wimpy Kid continued to reign supreme at school. Boys and girls from 7 to 13 all want to read it. Otherwise there wasn't a particular author or genre that the children were asking for. I guess if I had to pick one if would be adventure. One thing that stood out for me was a nine year old boy asking for recommendations of stories told in the first person. They don't usually ask for such specific things. I asked him why he liked first person narratives and he said because he felt like he was actually living the story. Now that is what I'm talking about!

Anyway, no more waffle...

The most popular books for boys aged 8 - 12 this term were:
(#1 being the most popular and so on)

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – all five books top the chart (so I decided to just put the series as #1)

2. South by South East by Anthony Horowitz

3. Dark Summer by Ali Sparkes

4. There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar

5. Percy Jackson: The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

6. Mr Stink by David Walliams

7. Finding the Fox by Ali Sparkes

8. Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

9. Farticus Maximus by Felice Arena

10. Striker Boy by Johnny Zucker

The most popular books for girls aged 8 - 12 were:

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (interesting that the girls are keen to get their hands on the most recent book but noe necessarily the earlier titles)

2. The Elephant’s Tale by Lauren St. John

Then all the following titles tie in 3rd Place

3. Avalon High by Meg Cabot

3. Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson

3. First Term at Silver Spires by Ann Bryant

3. First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton

3. Little Darlings by Jacqueline Wilson

3. Flyaway by Lucy Christopher

3. I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Cora Harrison (I’ve been recommending this!)

3. The Belgariad: Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings

Here is a link to the post from last term in case you are interested in a comparison.
The idea for this post came from one of my favourite bloggers - Christina @ Confessions of a Book Addict


Caroline said...

How interesting!
And how wonderful that David Eddings is in the chart!! Queen of Sorcery was published in the 1980s!!
I find these posts really interesting by the way!!

Becky said...

Hello you! I love it when you pop up.

So yeah, how awesome is this... I bought David Eddings series for the library because Jo (Ink and Paper) said she liked it at the first blogger meet up. I knew blogging was making me a better librarian. Whoop!

I Want To Read That said...

Yay for Meg Cabot:)

junipersjungle.com said...

Really interesting post. I'm very pleased to see Enid Blyton still cutting it.

Cliona said...

OMG, your school has an awesome library! I wish we had that : ) Meg Cabot and Lucy Christopher? Your lucky students. I enjoyed reading this post, it's funny how both boys and girls liked the Wimpy Kid books the most!

Christina / Book Addict said...

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is popular in my school as well. The new movie came out and all the kids are talking about it as well! I love that Cabot is on your list. I haven't read any of her books, which is bad. I need to fix that! I also love that you are recommending Jane Austen's Best Friend. That book has been sitting on my shelf for awhile. I need to move that up on my TBR list. It seems so cute. And I agree with Cliona- you guys have a fabulous library! Great post, Becky and thanks so much for the shout out. I will have to do a post like this at the end of the school year and compare it to last year's too---great idea!!

Girl Friday said...

Wow, Malory Towers still up there, pretty surprised by that considering how old-fashioned it is. I guess boarding school is always a draw...

♥Iffath said...

Ooh, what a fab post! I LOVE that Meg Cabot is up there! And I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend, that's such an awesome book! :)

Ebony McKenna. said...

The Belgariad is such an evergreen. I remember reading them in the 1980s. Had me reading very, VERY late into the night.

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

Percy JAckson and anything Meg Cabot are no surprise!