Today Amazon announced Essentials in Young Adult Books, a new way for parents and teenagers to discover interesting new books. The goal here, of course, is to help young readers expand their horizons.
“We’re not sure which statement is truer: that teens can be insatiable readers or that they’re hard to shop for,” said Jessica Schein, Amazon.com Young Adult Books Specialist. “Our goal with Essentials in Young Adult Books is to help adults choose the best editorially curated must-have books for young adult readers. We also know that young adult readers rely on peer recommendations, and so we hope that the Customer Selected Essentials sparks a dialogue with our customers about the best books for that age group.”
The list has been started with a number of excellent titles, including The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. You can find the current Essentials list here. Amazon promises that it will be updated regularly to keep it relevant. Also, Amazon customers will also be able to recommend and vote on titles that should be added to the list.