- The first "golden age" of young adult fiction in the '70s featured drama and realism
- The second peak in the genre happened about 2000 and coincided with "Harry Potter"
- From "Sweet Valley" to "Hunger Games," teens drawn to emotion and shared experience
This story was originally published in 2013.
(CNN)Back in 1998, just as Harry, Bella and Katniss were on the verge of owning the front shelves of bookstores everywhere, the Young Adult Library Services Association launched Teen Read Week in an effort to mold adolescent bookworms.