The Best Young Adult Authors

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Best young adult authors include some very recognizable names like C.S. Lewis and Louisa May Alcott, along with some newer authors who are becoming extremely popular among young readers (Amanda Hocking, for example). This list of young adult writers includes paranormal authors, fantasy authors, mystery authors, and more. Be sure to vote for your favorite YA authors here, and add your fave writer here if they aren't on the list!

Young adult books are crazy hot right now. One only has to look at the enormous popularity of Stephenie Meyer's 'Twilight' series or Rick Riordan's 'Percy Jackson' novels to realize that YA novels are flying off of bookshelves and being devoured on Kindles all over the world.

But really, some of the best young adult writers made their mark decades ago. Authors like Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary became household names years before Suzanne Collins even thought about creating Katniss Everdeen and 'The Hunger Games' or J.K. Rowling created the 'Harry Potter' fantasy series. If you're looking for some classic YA fantasy writers, for example, J.R.R. Tolkien can't be beat! Top young adult authors are emerging every day, so keep your eye out for new talent as well!

Some authors primarily wrote adult novels before they crossed over into YA books. Carl Hiaasen, for example, was already an established adult fiction writer before he penned the children's novel 'Hoot' (and won himself a Newbery Honor Award). Many of the writers on this list are Newbery Medal literary award winners, including Neil Gaiman, Beverly Cleary and Madeleine L'Engle. They are considered some of the famous young adult authors in fiction.

Who are the best young adult authors? This list will give you an idea of who the best authors for adults are.

Whether you're looking for the best young adult fantasy book writers or current, super-hot YA authors, this list represents some of the best talent out there when it comes to young adult writing. Enjoy, and happy reading!
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    Harry Potter series

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    The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns

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    The Hunger Games series, The Underland Chronicles

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    The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda

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    The Giver, Number the Stars, Gooney Bird Greene

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    Lunar Chronicles series

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    Karen Lynch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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    Karen Lynch The Relentless series

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    Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust

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    Ednah Walters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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    Ednah Walters Runes series, Guardian Legacy series

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    The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night, This Side of Paradise

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    I Am Number Four series

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    Boy Meets Boy, The Full Spectrum, Wide Awake

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    Inheritance Cycle

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    The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy

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    Little Women

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    The Princess Diaries

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    Beautiful Creatures, Dangerous Dream, Unbreakable Beautiful Creatures Co-Author!

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    Artemis Foul series, And Another Thing...

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    Goosebumps, The Barking Ghost, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb

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    Beezus and Ramona

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    A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet

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    Jennifer L. Armentrout The Dark Elements series

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    Alex Rider series, The Power of Five series, The Diamond Brothers

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    Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man

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    The Raven Cycle, Wolves of Mercy Falls series

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    Thirteen Reasons Why, The Future of Us

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    Laini Taylor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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    Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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    Melissa Haag is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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    Melissa Haag Judgement of Six

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    Delirium series

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    Are You There God? It's Me Margarent, Then Again Maybe I Won't, Tales of a ...

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    His Dark Materials, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

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    The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle

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    Shades of London series, Suite Scarlett series

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    Wuthering Heights

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