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

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    J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series

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    John Green is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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

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    Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors


    Rick Riordan Percy Jackson & the Olympians

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    Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors


    Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games series, The Underland Chronicles

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    Divergent series

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    The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

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    Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 7 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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    C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors


    C. S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia

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    The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire series

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    The Giver, Number the Stars, Gooney Bird Greene

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    Fangirl, Eleanor & Park

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    Markus Zusak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors


    Markus Zusak The Book Thief

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    Kiera Cass Selection series, The Heir

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    Lunar Chronicles series

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    The Princess Diaries

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    S. E. Hinton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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    S. E. Hinton The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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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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    Vampire Academy

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    Beezus and Ramona

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    Little Women

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    Louis Sachar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors


    Louis Sachar Holes

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night, This Side of Paradise

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    Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 24 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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    Boy Meets Boy, The Full Spectrum, Wide Awake

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    Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 26 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 ...

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    Thirteen Reasons Why, The Future of Us

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    I Am Number Four series

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    Christopher Paolini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors


    Christopher Paolini Inheritance Cycle

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    The Raven Cycle, Wolves of Mercy Falls series

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

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    The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy

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    Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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    Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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    Delirium series

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    Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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    Orson Scott Card Ender's Game

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    Speak, Catalyst, Wintergirls

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    Ally Condie Matched series

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    Eoin Colfer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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    Eoin Colfer Artemis Foul series, And Another Thing...

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    The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle

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

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

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    Sara Shepard Pretty Little Liars series, The Heiresses series, The Perfectionists ...

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    Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

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

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    Laini Taylor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors

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    Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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    Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French Kiss, Island and the Happily Ever After, Lola and the ...

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    Jennifer L. Armentrout The Dark Elements series

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    Uglies series

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    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

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