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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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1,172 330
J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Harry Potter series

2
781 336
Suzanne Collins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Hunger Games series, The Underland Chronicles

3
732 271
Rick Riordan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Percy Jackson & the Olympians

4
719 353
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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528 308
Veronica Roth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
TrisPrior added Divergent series

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551 234
J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

7
531 224
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Chronicles of Narnia

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492 204
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

9
459 219
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

10
182 98
Frances Hodgson Burnett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy

11
272 122
Meg Cabot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Princess Diaries

12
283 205
Lois Lowry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added The Giver, Number the Stars, Gooney Bird Greene

13
283 209
Markus Zusak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Book Thief

14
238 169
Marissa Meyer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Lunar Chronicles series

15
134 45
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Karen Metcalf added Cameo Renae The Hidden Wings Series; The After Light Saga

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210 111
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

17
254 156
P. C. Cast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
House of Night series, Goddess Summoning series, Partholon series

18
195 195
S. E. Hinton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
apocalypse now added The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

19
231 185
Rainbow Rowell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Fangirl, Eleanor & Park

20
183 137
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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221 184
Neil Gaiman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust

22
248 179
Kiera Cass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Selection series, The Heir

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254 191
Richelle Mead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Vampire Academy

24
188 165
Madeleine L'Engle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet

25
196 176
Louisa May Alcott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Little Women

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168 175
F. Scott Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night, This Side of Paradise

27
195 192
Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Beezus and Ramona

28
129 164
Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Ender's Game

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144 165
Rick Yancey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
GettyHesse added The 5th Wave

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142 138
Maggie Stiefvater is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Raven Cycle, Wolves of Mercy Falls series

31
186 195
Christopher Paolini is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Inheritance Cycle

32
129 124
Karen Lynch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Anita Dean added Karen Lynch The Relentless series

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197 174
Judy Blume is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
117 140
Laini Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
GettyHesse added Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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119 129
Louis Sachar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Holes

36
178 166
L. J. Smith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle

37
114 151
Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man

38
273 288
Stephenie Meyer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Twilight series, The Host

39
100 137
Kami Garcia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
kselig526 added Beautiful Creatures, Dangerous Dream, Unbreakable - Beautiful Creatures Co-Author!

40
92 126
Eoin Colfer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
emblack7 added Artemis Foul series, And Another Thing...

41
116 138
Jay Asher is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Thirteen Reasons Why, The Future of Us

42
108 127
Emily Brontë is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
NRW2013 added Wuthering Heights

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107 132
Jeff Kinney is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
DanielKontra added Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

44
89 134
David Levithan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
KeironValenzuela added Boy Meets Boy, The Full Spectrum, Wide Awake

45
75 113
Anthony Horowitz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
lalispeter added Alex Rider series, The Power of Five series, The Diamond Brothers

46
90 139
Pittacus Lore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
KeironValenzuela added Lorien Legacies

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110 113
Ednah Walters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
pixie1 added Ednah Walters Runes series, Guardian Legacy series

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108 109
Stephen Chbosky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

49
96 130
Lauren Oliver is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Delirium series

50
104 107
Jennifer Armentrout is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Young Adult Authors
Jennifer L. Armentrout The Dark Elements series