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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.