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List of famous young adult literature books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular young adult literature books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best young adult literature novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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The Terrorist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Caroline B. Cooney The Terrorist is a young adult novel by Caroline B. Cooney, published in 1997. It deals with Laura Williams, a sixteen-year-old American who attends an international school in London. When her ...more

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2 Young 2 Go 4 Boys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Linda Lewis

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3 NBs of Julian Drew is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Young Adult Literature Books

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3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grow... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows is a young adult novel by Ann Brashares published on January 13, 2009. It is a spin-off to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series as main characters Polly, ...more

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33 Snowfish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Adam Rapp 33 Snowfish is a 2003 novel by Adam Rapp. The American Library Association made the book one of their 2004 book picks. In an article with Horn Book Magazine, Candlewick Press's editorial ...more

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48 Shades of Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Nick Earls 48 Shades of Brown is the title of a young-adult novel by Australian author Nick Earls, published by Penguin Books in 1999. The novel was awarded Children's Book of the Year: Older Readers by ...more

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Twilight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Stephenie Meyer Twilight is a young-adult vampire-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer. It is the first book in the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old Isabella "Bella" Swan, who ...more

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A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
James Moloney A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove is a novel by Australian author James Moloney. The novel features the life of a 15-year-old boy, Carl Matt, and his dysfunctional family.

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A Cage of Butterflies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Brian Caswell A Cage of Butterflies is a 1992 young adult novel by Australian author, Brian Caswell.

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A Company of Swans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Eva Ibbotson A Company of Swans is a historical romance novel published in 1985 by Eva Ibbotson. The book is dedicated to Patricia Veryan. Critically well received, the young adult novel is starting to be ...more

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A Conspiracy of Kings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Megan Whalen Turner A Conspiracy of Kings is a young adult fantasy novel by Megan Whalen Turner and published by Greenwillow Books in 2010. A Conspiracy of Kings is the sequel to The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and ...more

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Twisted Summer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Willo Davis Roberts Twisted Summer is a book by Willo Davis Roberts.

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A Dark Victory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Dave Luckett A Dark Victory is a 1999 young-adult fantasy novel by Dave Luckett and is the last book in the Tenabran Trilogy. It follows the story of how Will is preparing for his final battle as Prince ...more

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True North is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Kathryn Lasky True North is a 1996 historical novel for young adults by Kathryn Lasky, and published by Scholastic Corporation Set in 1850s America, it is a story about the Underground Railroad. Afrika, a ...more

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A Darkling Plain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Philip Reeve A Darkling Plain is the fourth and final novel in the Mortal Engines Quartet series written by author Philip Reeve. The novel won the 2006 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the 2007 Los ...more

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A Day No Pigs Would Die is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Robert Newton Peck A Day No Pigs Would Die is a 1972 coming-of-age, autobiographical novel by Robert Newton Peck about a 13-year-old boy named Robert. It is Peck's first novel; the sequel, A Part of the Sky, was ...more

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A Figure in Hiding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Franklin W. Dixon A Figure in Hiding is Volume 16 in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap. This book was written for the Stratemeyer Syndicate by Leslie McFarlane in 1937. ...more

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A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a San... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Alice Childress A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich is a 1973 young adult novel by Alice Childress.

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A House Like a Lotus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Madeleine L'Engle A House Like a Lotus is a 1984 young adult novel by Madeleine L'Engle. Its protagonist is sixteen-year-old Polly O'Keefe, whose friend and mentor, Maximiliana Horne, has sent her on a trip to ...more

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A Light in the Black is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Chris Westwood A Light in the Black is the first novel by Chris Westwood, a British author of children's and young adult fiction. It was first published in the UK in 1989 by Viking Kestrel and in the US in ...more

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A Little Bit Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Chap Reaver A Little Bit Dead is an Edgar Award winning book by Chap Reaver.

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A Little Piece of Ground is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Sonia Nimr, Elizabeth Laird A Little Piece of Ground is a young adult novel by Elizabeth Laird. The book is about a twelve-year-old boy and his family struggling under the oppression of occupation in Israel/Palestine. It ...more

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A Little Raw on Monday Morning... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Robert Cormier A Little Raw on Monday Mornings is an adult novel published by popular young adult author Robert Cormier in 1963.

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The River is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Gary Paulsen The River, also known as The Return and Hatchet: The Return, is a 1991 young adult novel by Gary Paulsen. It is the second installment in the Hatchet series, but chronologically the third with ...more

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A Long Hard Journey: The Story... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Patricia McKissack, Fredrick McKissack A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter is a book written by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack.

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A Mango-Shaped Space is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Wendy Mass A Mango-Shaped Space is a young adult novel by Wendy Mass. The plot centers around Mia Winchell, a thirteen-year-old girl living with synesthesia, a jumbling of the senses: Words and sounds have ...more

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A Northern Light is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Jennifer Donnelly A Gathering Light is a book written by Jennifer Donnelly.

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A Question of Guilt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Carolyn Keene A Question of Guilt is a novel in the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew super mystery series.

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Thunderhead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Mary O'Hara Thunderhead is a novel written by Mary O'Hara.

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A Ring of Endless Light is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Madeleine L'Engle A Ring of Endless Light is a 1980 novel by Madeleine L'Engle. The book tells of teenager Vicky Austin and her struggle to understand life and significance in the universe as she deals with her ...more

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A Sea So Far is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Jean Thesman A Sea So Far is a historical young-adult novel by Jean Thesman. Its sequel is Rising Tide.

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A Separate Peace is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
John Knowles A Separate Peace is a coming-of-age novel by John Knowles. Based on his earlier short story, "Phineas," it was Knowles' first published novel and became his best-known work. Set ...more

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The Ruling Class is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Francine Pascal The Ruling Class is a teen novel by Francine Pascal, released in 2004.

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A Severed Wasp is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Madeleine L'Engle A Severed Wasp 1982, is a novel by Madeleine L'Engle. It continues the story of a pianist, Katherine Forrester, who was first seen in The Small Rain. Now a widow in her seventies, Katherine ...more

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A Step From Heaven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
An Na A Step From Heaven is the first novel by An Na, published in 2001 by Front Street Press. It won the 2002 Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association.

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A Stranger Came Ashore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Mollie Hunter A Stranger Came Ashore is a 1975 young adult novel written by Scottish author Mollie Hunter. The plot revolves around a boy called Robbie Henderson, a resident on the island of Black Ness, where ...more

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The Princess Diaries, Volume V... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Meg Cabot The Princess Diaries, Volume VI and 1/2: The Princess Present is a young adult book in the critically acclaimed Princess Diaries series. Written by Meg Cabot, it was released in 2005 by ...more

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A Struggle for Rome is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Felix Dahn Struggle for Rome is an historical novel written by Felix Dahn.

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A Swift Pure Cry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Siobhan Dowd A Swift Pure Cry is a 2006 novel by Siobhan Dowd about a teenager named Shell who lives in County Cork, Ireland. It won the 2007 Branford Boase Award and the Eilís Dillon Award.

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The Princess Diaries, Volume V... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Meg Cabot Princess in Training is the sixth volume of the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. It was first published in 2005. In the United Kingdom, it was released under the title Sixational.

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Madeleine L'Engle A Swiftly Tilting Planet is a science fiction novel by Madeleine L'Engle, the third book in the Time Quintet. The book's title is an allusion to the poem "Morning Song of Senlin" by

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A Troubled Peace is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
'A Troubled Peace' is the sequel to the historical fiction novel Under a War-Torn Sky, written by Virginia author L.M. Elliott.

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A Watcher in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Florence Engel Randall A Watcher in the Woods is a 1976 mystery novel by Florence Engel Randall that was published by Atheneum Books. It was re-released by Scholastic Book Services in 1980 a new title, The Watcher in ...more

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A Will to Survive is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
A Will to Survive is the 156th title of the Hardy Boys series, written by Franklin W. Dixon. The book was first published by Pocket Books in 1999, and reprinted by Scholastic in 2004.

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A Wind in the Door is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Madeleine L'Engle A Wind in the Door is a young adult science fantasy novel by Madeleine L'Engle. It is a companion book to A Wrinkle in Time, and part of the Time Quintet.

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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel by American writer Madeleine L'Engle, first published in 1962. The story revolves around a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone ...more

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Abarat is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Clive Barker Abarat is a fantasy novel written and illustrated by Clive Barker, the first in Barker's The Books of Abarat series. It is aimed primarily at young adults. The eponymous Abarat is a fictional ...more

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The Séance is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Joan Lowery Nixon The Séance is a book by Joan Lowery Nixon.

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Abbey Girls is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Elsie J. Oxenham The Abbey Series of British novels by Elsie J. Oxenham comprises 38 titles which were published between 1914 and 1959. The first title, Girls of the Hamlet Club set the scene for the school ...more

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Absolute Midnight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Young Adult Literature Books
Clive Barker Absolute Midnight is the third book in the New York Times best-selling Abarat series by Clive Barker. It is a dystopian fantasy-adventure which follows the story of Candy Quackenbush and her ...more