young adult The Best Young Adult Adventure Books  

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Good books can be escapes from everyday life. These young adult adventure novels are the perfect examples of just that escape, thanks to their thrilling plots, unforgettable characters, and touching emotions. But these stories aren't just for young adults – readers of all ages have been swept up in these narratives. Whether you're looking for YA adventure books set in dystopian futures or tales of real-life survival, there's a novel on this list for you.

What stories will you find on this list of the best adventure books for young adults? The Hunger Games series is one of the most popular young adult series of recent years. Katniss Everdeen brought readers along with her on her mission to save the nation of Panem – finding her true love in the process. The Maze Runner series is another popular young adult adventure franchise. Perhaps the most successful young adult adventure series of all time is the magical Harry Potter Series. Other good fiction featured on this readable roundup includes the Twilight series, the Divergent books, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Which young adult adventure novel is the best of the best? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorite books a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and add any exciting reads that are missing.

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Harry Potter J. K. Rowling

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Percy Jackson and the Olympian... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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Divergent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Divergent Veronica Roth

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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
The Giver Lois Lowry

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The Mortal Instruments Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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The Neverending Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
The Neverending Story Michael Ende

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City of Bones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
City of Bones Cassandra Clare

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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
The Book Thief Markus Zusak

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The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
The Maze Runner James Dashner

The Best Young Adult Fiction Series

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I Am Number Four is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
I Am Number Four Pittacus Lore

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Uglies series is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Uglies Scott Westerfeld

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Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer

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Eragon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Eragon Christopher Paolini

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My Side of the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
My Side of the Mountain Jean Craighead George

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
carlybobarly added Coraline Neil Gaiman

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of A... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

The Best Crime Authors

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Inheritance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Inheritance Christopher Paolini

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Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Hatchet Gary Paulsen

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His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
His Dark Materials Philip Pullman

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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The Ruins of Gorlan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Ranger's Apprentice John Flanagan

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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Sabriel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Sabriel Garth Nix

The Best Recent Young Adult Books

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Alanna: The First Adventure is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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The 5th Wave is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
The 5th Wave Rick Yancey

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Heist Society is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Heist Society Ally Carter

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Twilight Stephenie Meyer

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The Hound of Rowan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
David Grasch added The Hound of Rowan Henry H. Neff

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The Second Siege is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
David Grasch added The Second Siege Henry H. Neff

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The Fiend and the Forge is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
David Grasch added The Fiend and the Forge Henry H. Neff

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The Running Dream is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
carlybobarly added The Running Dream Wendelin Van Draanen

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The Maelstrom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
David Grasch added The Maelstrom Henry H. Neff

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The Red Winter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
David Grasch added The Red Winter Henry H. Neff

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Bloody Jack is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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All Our Yesterdays is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
carlybobarly added All Our Yesterdays Harry Warner^! Jr., H. M. Tomlinson