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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 and teenage bookworms (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 and teen novels 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. Some good authors who writes for teens include John Green, Veronica Roth, and Cassandra Clare.

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
Harry Potter series

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661 190
Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Percy Jackson & the Olympians

3
705 250
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Hunger Games series, The Underland Chronicles

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669 263
John Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
thelaurelarwen added The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns

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468 157
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Chronicles of Narnia

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479 164
J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

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472 227
Veronica Roth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
TrisPrior added Divergent series

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401 135
Cassandra Clare is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
jesusismybae22 added The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire series

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419 149
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda

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254 131
Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added The Giver, Number the Stars, Gooney Bird Greene

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207 94
Marissa Meyer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Lunar Chronicles series

12
260 137
Markus Zusak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Book Thief

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212 116
Rainbow Rowell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Fangirl, Eleanor & Park

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171 125
S. E. Hinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
apocalypse now added The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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155 100
F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night, This Side of Paradise

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142 42
Sarah J. Maas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Pooja Wadhwa added Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Throne of Glass

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126 76
Frances Hodgson Burnett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy

18
193 119
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust

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169 98
Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet

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142 73
R. L. Stine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
navaura added Goosebumps, The Barking Ghost, The Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb

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220 108
Kiera Cass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Selection series, The Heir

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175 109
Louisa May Alcott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Little Women

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135 99
Rick Yancey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
GettyHesse added The 5th Wave

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113 95
Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Ender's Game

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126 75
Maggie Stiefvater is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Raven Cycle, Wolves of Mercy Falls series

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177 123
Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Beezus and Ramona

27
195 106
Meg Cabot is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Princess Diaries

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99 72
Laini Taylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
GettyHesse added Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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107 65
Louis Sachar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Holes

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202 123
Richelle Mead is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Vampire Academy

31
104 83
Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man

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160 128
Christopher Paolini is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Inheritance Cycle

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104 73
Jay Asher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Thirteen Reasons Why, The Future of Us

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178 113
Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Are You There God? It's Me Margarent, Then Again Maybe I Won't, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

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79 64
Eoin Colfer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
emblack7 added Artemis Foul series, And Another Thing...

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87 74
Kami Garcia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
kselig526 added Beautiful Creatures, Dangerous Dream, Unbreakable - Beautiful Creatures Co-Author!

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86 76
David Levithan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
KeironValenzuela added Boy Meets Boy, The Full Spectrum, Wide Awake

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67 57
Anthony Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
lalispeter added Alex Rider series, The Power of Five series, The Diamond Brothers

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94 69
Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Wuthering Heights

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82 78
Pittacus Lore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
KeironValenzuela added Lorien Legacies

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101 55
Stephen Chbosky is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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96 76
Jeff Kinney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
DanielKontra added Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

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88 72
Lauren Oliver is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Delirium series

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103 94
Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Desertrat89 added His Dark Materials, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

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135 103
L. J. Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle

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64 57
Karen Lynch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Anita Dean added Karen Lynch The Relentless series

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56 64
Tamora Pierce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
gheder added The Song of the Lioness series

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85 56
Scott Westerfeld is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Uglies series

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73 55
Ednah Walters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
pixie1 added Ednah Walters Runes series, Guardian Legacy series

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46 43
Brandon Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Cameron Cottrell-Tribes added The Way of Kings, Mistborn: The Final Empire, Mistborn: The Hero of Ages