I do find it interesting that the newest book on the list seems to be the most-read. Yet it is also the longest book! It just shows what a great book talk can do for a book. Kids who would never choose a long book on their own chose it based on the summary I gave. Summer reading lists need to be booktalked!
We have found the same thing to be true. Students will jump all over books with a simple and engaging introduction by an enthusiastic reader.