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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 Young Adult Adventure Books The Best Novels About World War 2

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526 171
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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461 126
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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504 171
John Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
thelaurelarwen added John Green The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns

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349 140
Veronica Roth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
TrisPrior added Veronica Roth Divergent series

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356 114
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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337 107
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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242 73
Cassandra Clare is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
jesusismybae22 added Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire series

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299 105
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 9 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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180 83
Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Lois Lowry The Giver, Number the Stars, Gooney Bird Greene

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120 47
Marissa Meyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Marissa Meyer Lunar Chronicles series

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184 94
Markus Zusak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Markus Zusak The Book Thief

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135 61
Rainbow Rowell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Rainbow Rowell Fangirl, Eleanor & Park

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116 82
S. E. Hinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
apocalypse now added S. E. Hinton The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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144 58
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 Fiction Series The Most Overrated Books of All Time

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82 46
Frances Hodgson Burnett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy

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139 84
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Neil Gaiman Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust

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91 58
Rick Yancey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
GettyHesse added Rick Yancey The 5th Wave

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80 59
Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Orson Scott Card Ender's Game

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100 67
F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night, This Side of Paradise

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121 72
Louisa May Alcott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Louisa May Alcott Little Women

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74 36
R. L. Stine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
navaura added R. L. Stine Goosebumps, The Barking Ghost, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb

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109 68
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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160 90
Richelle Mead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Richelle Mead Vampire Academy

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133 91
Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Beverly Cleary Beezus and Ramona

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144 79
Meg Cabot is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Meg Cabot The Princess Diaries

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52 31
Eoin Colfer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
emblack7 added Eoin Colfer Artemis Foul series, And Another Thing...

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73 41
Maggie Stiefvater is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Cycle, Wolves of Mercy Falls series

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66 36
Louis Sachar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Louis Sachar Holes

The Best Young Adult Books About Bullying 29 Things Worth Spending a Little Extra On

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61 41
Laini Taylor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
GettyHesse added Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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128 93
Christopher Paolini is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Christopher Paolini Inheritance Cycle

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65 46
Pittacus Lore is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
KeironValenzuela added Pittacus Lore (James Frey and Jobie Hughes I Am Number Four series

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69 52
Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man

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57 30
Karen Lynch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Anita Dean added Karen Lynch The Relentless series

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58 41
David Levithan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
KeironValenzuela added David Levithan Boy Meets Boy, The Full Spectrum, Wide Awake

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58 43
Kami Garcia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
kselig526 added Kami Garcia Beautiful Creatures, Dangerous Dream, Unbreakable - Beautiful Creatures Co-Author!

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Ednah Walters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
pixie1 added Ednah Walters Runes series, Guardian Legacy series

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58 36
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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133 85
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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39 31
Anthony Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
lalispeter added Anthony Horowitz Alex Rider series, The Power of Five series, The Diamond Brothers

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60 29
Jennifer L. Armentrout is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Jennifer L. Armentrout The Dark Elements series

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60 43
Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights

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56 40
Jeff Kinney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
DanielKontra added Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

The Best Young Adult Romance Series The Best and Worst Disney Animated Movies

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58 44
Lauren Oliver is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Lauren Oliver Delirium series

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80 68
Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Desertrat89 added Philip Pullman His Dark Materials, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

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59 32
Stephen Chbosky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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38 38
Tamora Pierce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
gheder added Tamora Pierce The Song of the Lioness series

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100 75
L. J. Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
L. J. Smith The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle

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28 7
Sarah J. Maas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Pooja Wadhwa added Sarah J. Maas Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Throne of Glass

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52 32
Scott Westerfeld is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Scott Westerfeld Uglies series