Shakespeare, Gatsby Dominate Shmoop’s List of Most-Searched Books for the 2009-2010 School Year

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Shmoop reveals its ten most frequently searched titles of the 2009-2010 school year. Classics dominate over bestsellers and books-turned-into-movies in this list based on company data from teacher and student searches.

Shmoop (, a publisher of digital resources that make learning fun and relevant for students, today announced its most-searched books for the 2009-2010 school year. William Shakespeare appears most frequently with Hamlet and Macbeth coming in second and third, but neither of his titles could surpass the popularity of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Despite the popularity among teens of books that inspired movies, such as the Twilight and Harry Potter series, students and teachers still most frequently searched for Shmoop’s lively analysis of the classics. The list is based on company data of searches conducted on the Shmoop website by teachers and students.

The ten most searched titles for the 2009-2010 school year on Shmoop are:

1.    The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2.    Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

3.    Macbeth, by William Shakespeare

4.    Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

5.    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

6.    Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens

7.    1984, by George Orwell

8.    Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

9.    Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

10.    Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

About Shmoop
Shmoop publishes digital resources that make learning fun and relevant for students. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning guides and Teacher Resources balance a fun approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 3,000 titles across the Web, iPhone/iPad, Android mobile devices. Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader. Shmoop was an Official Honoree in the 2009 and 2010 Webby Awards and named “Best of the Internet” by PC Magazine. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a Labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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