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63 Best Young Adult Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Young Adult books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best young adult books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

  4. 4

    The Outsiders

    S. E. Hinton

  5. 5

    Speak

    Laurie Halse Anderson

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    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

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    The Princess Bride

    William Goldman

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    Wonder

    R. J. Palacio

  23. 25
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    Holes

    Louis Sachar

  25. 27

    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle

  26. 28

    Stargirl

    Jerry Spinelli

  27. 29

    A Separate Peace

    John Knowles

  28. 32

    One of Us Is Lying

    Karen M. McManus

  29. 33

    Twilight

    Stephenie Meyer

  30. 34

    Hatchet

    Gary Paulsen

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    Five Feet Apart

    Rachael Lippincott

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    Esperanza Rising

    Pam Muñoz Ryan

  38. 42
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    Bridge to Terabithia

    Katherine Paterson

  40. 46

    Tuck Everlasting

    Natalie Babbitt

  41. 47

    Long Way Down

    Jason Reynolds

  42. 49
  43. 50

    With the Fire on High

    Elizabeth Acevedo

  44. 51

    The Witch of Blackbird Pond

    Elizabeth George Speare

  45. 52

    Monster

    Walter Dean Myers

  46. 53

    Every Day

    David Levithan

  47. 54

    Radio Silence

    Alice Oseman

  48. 55

    When You Reach Me

    Rebecca Stead

  49. 56

    Little House on the Prairie

    Laura Ingalls Wilder

  50. 57

    Anne of Green Gables

    L. M. Montgomery

  51. 59

    Sadie

    A Novel

    Courtney Summers

  52. 60

    Autoboyography

    Christina Lauren

  53. 61

FAQ

  • How was this Young Adult books list created?

    We searched for "best Young Adult books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Young Adult books are in this list?

    There are 63 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Young Adult books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Young Adult books on the internet.

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