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
J. K. Rowling

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103 23
Percy Jackson and the Olympian... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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96 27
The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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87 24
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
J. R. R. Tolkien

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98 32
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Suzanne Collins

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72 34
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Veronica Roth

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51 19
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Madeleine L'Engle

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44 15
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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60 29
The Mortal Instruments Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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53 26
City of Bones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Cassandra Clare

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42 18
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Lois Lowry

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51 28
The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
James Dashner

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40 20
The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Markus Zusak

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38 19
The Neverending Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Michael Ende

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40 22
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Christopher Paolini

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32 16
I Am Number Four is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Pittacus Lore

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35 20
Magnus Chase and the Gods of A... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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31 18
Uglies series is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Scott Westerfeld

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33 20
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Eoin Colfer

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24 15
My Side of the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Jean Craighead George

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30 22
Inheritance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Christopher Paolini

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25 19
Coraline is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
carlybobarly added Neil Gaiman

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23 17
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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24 20
The Ruins of Gorlan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
John Flanagan

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22 18
His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Philip Pullman

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21 17
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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23 20
Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Gary Paulsen

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27 25
The 5th Wave is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Rick Yancey

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17 15
Sabriel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Garth Nix

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41 48
Twilight is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Stephenie Meyer

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13 15
Heist Society is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Ally Carter

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11 15
Alanna: The First Adventure is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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7 17
The Hound of Rowan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
David Grasch added Henry H. Neff

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7 17
The Second Siege is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
David Grasch added Henry H. Neff

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6 17
The Fiend and the Forge is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
David Grasch added Henry H. Neff

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6 18
The Maelstrom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
David Grasch added Henry H. Neff

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6 18
The Running Dream is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
carlybobarly added Wendelin Van Draanen

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5 17
The Red Winter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
David Grasch added Henry H. Neff

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4 17
Bloody Jack is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books

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3 17
All Our Yesterdays is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
carlybobarly added Harry Warner, Jr., H. M. Tomlinson