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63 Best Young Adult Books of All Time


Our goal: Build the most accurate list of best Young Adult books.

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

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 1

    The Outsiders

    S. E. Hinton

    Appears in 4 articles
  2. 2

    The Hate U Give

    Angie Thomas

    Appears in 4 articles
  3. 3
    Appears in 4 articles
  4. 4
    Appears in 4 articles
  5. 5

    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

    Appears in 4 articles
  6. 6

    Speak

    Laurie Halse Anderson

    Appears in 4 articles
  7. 7

    The Hunger Games

    Suzanne Collins

    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 8
    Appears in 3 articles
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    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 10

    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

    Appears in 3 articles
  11. 11
    Appears in 3 articles
  12. 12

    The Princess Bride

    William Goldman

    Appears in 3 articles
  13. 13
    Appears in 3 articles
  14. 14
    Appears in 3 articles
  15. 15
    Appears in 3 articles
  16. 16

    Little Women

    Louisa May Alcott

    Appears in 3 articles
  17. 18

    Six of Crows

    Leigh Bardugo

    Appears in 3 articles
  18. 19
    Appears in 3 articles
  19. 20
    Appears in 3 articles
  20. 21
    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 22

    Wonder

    R. J. Palacio

    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 23

    Twilight

    Stephenie Meyer

    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 24

    One of Us Is Lying

    Karen M. McManus

    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 25

    Hatchet

    Gary Paulsen

    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 26
    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 27
    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 28

    Five Feet Apart

    Rachael Lippincott

    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 29
    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 30

    A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'Engle

    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 31

    Esperanza Rising

    Pam Muñoz Ryan

    Appears in 2 articles
  31. 32
    Appears in 2 articles
  32. 33
    Appears in 2 articles
  33. 34

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Katherine Paterson

    Appears in 2 articles
  34. 35
    Appears in 2 articles
  35. 36
    Appears in 2 articles
  36. 37
    Appears in 2 articles
  37. 38

    Stargirl

    Jerry Spinelli

    Appears in 2 articles
  38. 39

    Little House on the Prairie

    Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Appears in 2 articles
  39. 41
    Appears in 2 articles
  40. 42

    A Separate Peace

    John Knowles

    Appears in 2 articles
  41. 43

    Every Day

    David Levithan

    Appears in 2 articles
  42. 44

    Radio Silence

    Alice Oseman

    Appears in 2 articles
  43. 45
    Appears in 2 articles
  44. 46
    Appears in 2 articles
  45. 49
    Appears in 2 articles
  46. 50

    Holes

    Louis Sachar

    Appears in 2 articles
  47. 51
    Appears in 2 articles
  48. 52
    Appears in 2 articles
  49. 53

    Tuck Everlasting

    Natalie Babbitt

    Appears in 2 articles
  50. 54

    Long Way Down

    Jason Reynolds

    Appears in 2 articles
  51. 55
    Appears in 2 articles
  52. 56

    The Witch of Blackbird Pond

    Elizabeth George Speare

    Appears in 2 articles
  53. 57

    With the Fire on High

    Elizabeth Acevedo

    Appears in 2 articles
  54. 58

    Monster

    Walter Dean Myers

    Appears in 2 articles
  55. 59

    When You Reach Me

    Rebecca Stead

    Appears in 2 articles
  56. 60

    Anne of Green Gables

    L. M. Montgomery

    Appears in 2 articles
  57. 61

    Sadie

    A Novel

    Courtney Summers

    Appears in 2 articles
  58. 62

    Autoboyography

    Christina Lauren

    Appears in 2 articles
  59. 63
    Appears in 2 articles

FAQ

  • How was this 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 books are in this list?

    There are 63 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this list?

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

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