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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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186 24
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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137 26
Percy Jackson and the Olympian... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
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131 38
The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Suzanne Collins
4
118 32
The Chronicles of Narnia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
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103 34
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
J. R. R. Tolkien
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95 37
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Veronica Roth
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72 32
The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
James Dashner
8
63 27
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Madeleine L'Engle
9
54 21
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
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56 23
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Lois Lowry
11
73 37
The Mortal Instruments Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
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66 34
City of Bones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Cassandra Clare
13
48 22
The Neverending Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Michael Ende
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50 27
The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Markus Zusak
15
50 30
Eragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Christopher Paolini
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37 23
I Am Number Four is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Pittacus Lore
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42 28
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 20
My Side of the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Jean Craighead George
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41 31
Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Eoin Colfer
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35 25
Uglies series is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Scott Westerfeld
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35 27
Inheritance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Christopher Paolini
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34 27
Coraline is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
carlybobarly added Neil Gaiman
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32 25
Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
Gary Paulsen
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25 22
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
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29 27
The Ruins of Gorlan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Young Adult Adventure Books
John Flanagan