Dec 19, 2012 — Our latest pick for NPR's Backseat Book Club is The Red Pyramid, a tale of two kids who must rescue the world from Egyptian gods. Author Rick Riordan, a former schoolteacher, combined his obsession with books with his passion for mythology to write this book about ordinary kids doing heroic things.
Dec 7, 2012 — Jim Butcher's Cold Days resurrects Harry Dresden into eternal servitude. It debuts at No. 7.
Nov 1, 2012 — Former schoolteacher Rick Riordan delivers a lesson in ancient Egyptian history cleverly disguised as a hair-raising kids adventure. Carter and Sadie Kane have no idea they are descended from age-old sorcerers until their archaeologist father accidentally unleashes ancient gods into modern society.
Oct 4, 2012 — Author Jasper Fforde is well known for his Thursday Next series of literary fantasies. Reviewer Petra Mayer says his first book for young adults may feel familiar to Thursday fans, but it's still an enjoyable mixture of magic, emotion, everyday absurdity, and the occasional illusory moose.
Sep 16, 2012 — Author Maggie Stiefvater's latest young-adult series kicks off with the tale of a young girl from a poor but psychic family, and her star-crossed romance with a rich private-school boy. Stiefvater based the tale on magic and Welsh mythology, but set it in small-town Virginia.
Sep 12, 2012 — Jasper Fforde is known to older readers for his Thursday Next literary fantasies. His first young adult novel follows 15-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange, who runs a wizard management agency in a world that's rapidly losing magic — but business is about to pick up.
Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
Jun 20, 2012 — Michael Ondaatje returns with a seafaring coming-of-age story, while Lev Grossman delivers another literary fantasy and Ernest Cline makes his nerdy fiction debut. Journalist Ron Suskind casts Obama as a brilliant amateur and Amanda Foreman looks at Britain's role in the Civil War.
May 10, 2012 — In Deadlocked, Sookie Stackhouse uses her telepathy to investigate a murder. It debuts at No. 1.
Apr 2, 2012 — So many fantasy classics are written with young readers in mind — books like Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter. But for the adult who loves to escape into new and magical universes, author Lyndsay Faye recommends these three reads. Have a favorite magical novel? Let us know in the comments.