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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
J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series

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

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Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 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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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
C. S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia

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

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

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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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S. E. Hinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
apocalypse now added S. E. Hinton The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

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Rainbow Rowell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Rainbow Rowell Fangirl, Eleanor & Park

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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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Kiera Cass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Kiera Cass Selection series, The Heir

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Sarah J. Maas is listed (or ranked) 18 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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R. L. Stine is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Neil Gaiman Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust

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

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Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Orson Scott Card Ender's Game

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Rick Yancey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
GettyHesse added Rick Yancey The 5th Wave

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Meg Cabot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Meg Cabot The Princess Diaries

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Maggie Stiefvater is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Cycle, Wolves of Mercy Falls series

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Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Beverly Cleary Beezus and Ramona

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Louis Sachar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Louis Sachar Holes

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Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man

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

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Laini Taylor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
GettyHesse added Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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

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Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Eoin Colfer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
emblack7 added Eoin Colfer Artemis Foul series, And Another Thing...

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Jay Asher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Jay Asher Thirteen Reasons Why, The Future of Us

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

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Anthony Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Pittacus Lore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
KeironValenzuela added Pittacus Lore (James Frey and Jobie Hughes) Lorien Legacies

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Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights

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Stephen Chbosky is listed (or ranked) 41 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) 42 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
DanielKontra added Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

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

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Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 44 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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L. J. Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
L. J. Smith The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle

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

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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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Jennifer Armentrout is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Jennifer L. Armentrout The Dark Elements series