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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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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series

The Best Recent Young Adult Books The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

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Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games series, The Underland Chronicles

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John Green is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
John Green The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns

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Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Rick Riordan Percy Jackson & the Olympians

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Veronica Roth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Veronica Roth Divergent series

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
J. R. R. Tolkien The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
C. S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia

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Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda

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Cassandra Clare is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire series

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Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Lois Lowry The Giver, Number the Stars, Gooney Bird Greene

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Markus Zusak is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Markus Zusak The Book Thief

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Rainbow Rowell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Rainbow Rowell Fangirl, Eleanor & Park

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Marissa Meyer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Marissa Meyer Lunar Chronicles series

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S. E. Hinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
S. E. Hinton The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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Kiera Cass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Kiera Cass Selection series, The Heir

The Best Young Adult Books About Bullying The Best Movies Based on Short Stories

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Rick Yancey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Rick Yancey The 5th Wave

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night, This Side of Paradise

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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Neil Gaiman Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust

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Frances Hodgson Burnett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy

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Louisa May Alcott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Louisa May Alcott Little Women

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Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Orson Scott Card Ender's Game

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Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Beverly Cleary Beezus and Ramona

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Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet

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Meg Cabot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Meg Cabot The Princess Diaries

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Richelle Mead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Richelle Mead Vampire Academy

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R. L. Stine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
R. L. Stine Goosebumps, The Barking Ghost, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb

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Louis Sachar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Louis Sachar Holes

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Karen Lynch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Karen Lynch The Relentless series

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Ednah Walters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Ednah Walters Runes series, Guardian Legacy series

The Best Young Adult Adventure Books The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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Pittacus Lore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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Christopher Paolini is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Christopher Paolini Inheritance Cycle

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Eoin Colfer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Eoin Colfer Artemis Foul series, And Another Thing...

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Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man

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David Levithan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
David Levithan Boy Meets Boy, The Full Spectrum, Wide Awake

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Kami Garcia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Kami Garcia Beautiful Creatures, Dangerous Dream, Unbreakable - Beautiful Creatures Co-Author!

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Maggie Stiefvater is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Cycle, Wolves of Mercy Falls series

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Laini Taylor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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Jay Asher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Jay Asher Thirteen Reasons Why, The Future of Us

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Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Judy Blume Are You There God? It's Me Margarent, Then Again Maybe I Won't, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

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Anthony Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Anthony Horowitz Alex Rider series, The Power of Five series, The Diamond Brothers

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Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights

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Lauren Oliver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Lauren Oliver Delirium series

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Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Philip Pullman His Dark Materials, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

The Best Young Adult Romance Series The Best Bars and Pubs in London

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Jennifer L. Armentrout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Jennifer L. Armentrout The Dark Elements series

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Stephen Chbosky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Jeff Kinney is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

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Tamora Pierce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Tamora Pierce The Song of the Lioness series

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Ally Condie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Ally Condie Matched series

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L. J. Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
L. J. Smith The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle

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Scott Westerfeld is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Scott Westerfeld Uglies series