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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    Shades of London series, Suite Scarlett series

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    The Song of the Lioness series

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

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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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    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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    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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    Holes

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    Thirteen Reasons Why, The Future of Us

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    The Raven Cycle, Wolves of Mercy Falls series

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    Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man

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

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    Jennifer L. Armentrout The Dark Elements series

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

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    Beezus and Ramona

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

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    Artemis Foul series, And Another Thing...

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

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    The Princess Diaries

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    Little Women

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    The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy

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    Inheritance Cycle

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    Boy Meets Boy, The Full Spectrum, Wide Awake

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    Vampire Academy

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    Ender's Game

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    I Am Number Four series

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

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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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    Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust

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    The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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    The 5th Wave

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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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    Lunar Chronicles series

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    Kiera Cass Selection series, The Heir

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    Fangirl, Eleanor & Park

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    The Book Thief

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    The Giver, Number the Stars, Gooney Bird Greene

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    The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire series

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

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    The Chronicles of Narnia

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    The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

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    Percy Jackson & the Olympians

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    Divergent series

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    The Hunger Games series, The Underland Chronicles

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

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    Harry Potter series

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