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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 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, or listened to on audiobook, 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, current Young Adult releases, or 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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Markus Zusak is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Book Thief
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Frances Hodgson Burnett ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy
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Diana Wynne Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Howl's Moving Castle, Chrestomanci series, Dalemark series
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Sarah J. Maas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Pooja Wadhwa added Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Throne of Glass
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Marissa Meyer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Lunar Chronicles series
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Christopher Paolini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Inheritance Cycle
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Karen Metcalf added The Hidden Wings Series; The After Light Saga
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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Harry Potter series
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Kiera Cass is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Selection series, The Heir
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Meg Cabot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Princess Diaries
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Stephen Chbosky is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Chronicles of Narnia
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R. L. Stine is listed (or ranked) 14 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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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
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Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Hunger Games series, The Underland Chronicles
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Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda
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Scott Westerfeld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Uglies series
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Cassandra Clare is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
jesusismybae22 added The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire series
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John Green is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
thelaurelarwen added The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns
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Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added The Giver, Number the Stars, Gooney Bird Greene
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Veronica Roth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
TrisPrior added Divergent series
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Carl Hiaasen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Hoot, Chomp, Skink - No Surrender
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Rainbow Rowell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Fangirl, Eleanor & Park
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Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel