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Top 100 Best Young Adult (YA) Novels: From Persnickety Snark’s Poll

Best Young Adult Books

This excellent list is from Persnickety Snark.  She ran a contest to compile this list.  Here’s what she says:At the conclusion of the Top 100 YA Novels poll for this year, I would like to share some information gathered from your votes.

  • Voting took place over five weeks at the end of April and throughout May.
  • 735 people shared their top ten choices of the best YA titles. The participants come from across the globe and many different careers. Students, librarians, teachers, editors and a myriad of other professions took the time to volunteer their thoughts on YA.
  • At least 80% of participants were female.
  • An overwhelming majority of voters identified themselves solely as readers.
  • Sarah Dessen accumalated the most points which is amazing considering she has not written a series. The only title of hers not to make the top 100 was That Summer, her first publication.
  • The top five authors represented on the list in terms of title rankings order were – Sarah Dessen, JK Rowling, Melina Marchetta, Stephenie Meyer and Cassandra Clare. Three represent the strong representation of paranormal series on the list while the other two represent contemporary works with strong female protagonists.
  • Despite having only a single title (The Princess Diaries), Meg Cabot was the author with the most titles voted for – 20.
  • The top five authors in terms of titles voted for were – Meg Cabot, Tamora Pierce, DianaWynne Jones, LJ Smith and Judy Blume.
  • The top five authors represented in terms of point accumalation were – Sarah Dessen, JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer and Philip Pullman.
  • As I am an Australian it is with pride that I point out that five titles were from my homeland.
1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, http://PragmaticMom.com
2.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J. K. Rowling
3.  To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom
4.  Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
controversial YA novel Speak, sexual abuse, http://PragmaticMom.com, Laurie Halse Anderson
5. Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
Northern Lights, Phillip Pullman, http://PragmaticMom, best YA novel
6. The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen
The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen, best YA Novel, http://PragmaticMom.com
7.  The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, http://PragmaticMom.com
8.  The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton, best favorite Young Adult book novel, http://PragmaticMom.com
9.  Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
Twilight, Stephanie Meyer, best young adult novel, top 100 ya novel, http://PragmaticMom.com, more books like Twilight
10. This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen
This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen, best ya novel, http://PragmaticMOm.com, PragmaticMom
11.  Looking for Alaska, John Green
Looking for Alaska, John Green, best young adult books of all times, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom
12.  Just Listen, Sarah Dessen
Just Listen, Sarah Dessen, Top 100 YA novels, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom
13.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter, best YA book, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom
14. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, http://PragmaticMom.com, Young Adult fiction
15.  City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
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16. On the Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta
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17.  The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
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18.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter series, best young adult books novels fantasy, http://Pragmatic Mom.com, Pragmatic Mom
19.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky, best young adult fiction, http://PragmaticMom.com
20. Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen
Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen, http://PragmaticMom.com
21.  Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater, best young adult contemporary fantasy, http://PragmaticMom.com
22.  Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead, http://PragmaticMom.com, best urban fantasy young adult books fiction
23.  Graceling, Kristin Cashore
Graceling, Kirstin Cashore, best young adult novels, http://PragmaticMom.com
24. Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, http://PragmaticMom.com, great young adult books
25. Sloppy Firsts, Megan McCafferty
Sloppy Firsts, Megan McCafferty, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom
26.  The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings, http://PragmaticMom.com, best ya books
27.  Alanna: The First AdventureTamora Pierce
Alanna: The First Adventure, Tamora Pierce, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom
28. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card, http://PragmaticMom.com
29.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowlings
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, http://PragmaticMom.com, best ya book
30. Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
Uglies, Scott Westerfeld, http://PragmaticMom.com, best young adult fiction
31.  A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray, best ya book http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom
32. Tomorrow, When the War Began, John Marsden
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33. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksE. Lockhart
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E Lockhart,http://PragmaticMOm.com, best young adult writing
34. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, http://PragmaticMom.com, classics still relevant today, classics also young adult choice best book
35. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin, http://PragmaticMom.com, best young adult book gift for teenager
36. Paper Towns, John Green
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37. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling
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38.  Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire, the hunger games, suzanne collins, best books for teens, http://PragmaticMom.com
39. A Tree Grows In BrooklynBetty Smith
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, http://PragmaticMom.com, best ya fiction books novels
40. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, best native indian native american young adult book, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom
41. Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen
 Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen, best ya book, http://PragmaticMom.com
42.  The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass, phillip pullman, philip pullman, best young adult book, http://PragmaticMom.com
43. Evernight, Claudia Gray
Evernight, Claudia Gray, http://PragmaticMom.com, best mom blog for children's literature hands down
44. Sabriel, Garth Nix
Sabriel, Garth Nix, best young adult books, http://PragmaticMom.com, buy ya books here, best deals on ya young adult books
45.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, jk rowling, ya books on sale, cheapest ya books, http://PragmaticMom.com, deals on young adult books
46. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMOm
47. Forever, Judy Blume
Forever, Judy Blume, ya book classic, http://PragmaticMom.com, backlist books still relevant today
48.  I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle, ya book, http://PragmaticMom.com
49. Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine, http://PragmaticMom.com, award winning Young Adult YA book novel fiction
50. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom, YA books
51.  StargirlJerry Spinelli
Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, best ya book
52. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
 Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones, http://PragmaticMom.com, Type A Parenting for the Modern World, best young adult books
53.  The Dark is RisingSusan Cooper
The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper, award winning middle grade and young adult fantasy about king arthur, http://PragmaticMOm.com, Pragmatic Mom
54. Hush, Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick
Hush, Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom, best young adult fiction ever
55.  Saving Francesca, Melina Marchetta
Saving Francesca, Melina Marchetta, http://PragmaticMom.com, best ya books
56. Second HelpingsMegan McCafferty
 Second Helpings, Megan McCafferty, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, best fiction for adults high school
57. Dreamland, Sarah Dessen
Dreamland, Sarah Dessen, best young adult novels, http://PragmaticMom.com
58. Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse, Stephanie Meyer, http://PragmaticMom.com, best books for teenagers
59. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, http://PragmaticMom.com, books made into great movies
60. Fire, Kristin Cashore
Fire, Kristin Cashore, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom, best young adult novels, award winning literature
61. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
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62. Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block
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63. The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank, best book for young adults, http://PragmaticMom.com
64. Looking for AlibrandiMelina Marchetta
 Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta, best young adult books, http://PragmaticMom.com, PragmaticMom
65. How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom
66. City of GlassCassandra Clare
City of Glass, Cassandra Clare, http://PragmaticMom.com, pragmaticmom
67. Keeping the Moon, Sarah Dessen
Keeping the Moon, Sarah Dessen, best young adult author, best young adult books, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom
68. Breaking Dawn, Stephanie Meyer
Breaking Dawn, Stephanie Meyer, best young adult fiction of all time, http://PragmaticMom.com
69. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison
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70. If I StayGayle Forman
 If I Stay, Gail Forman, http://PragmaticMom.com
71.  The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner
The King of Attolia, Megan Whalen Turner, http://PragmaticMom.com, best ya books
72. Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson, best YA author, best young adult author, award winning young adult author book best book
73. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the BeastRobin McKinley
 Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, Robin McKinley, http://PragmaticMom.com
74. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley
The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley, best young adult author book reads, http://PragmaticMom.com
75. FeedM.T. Anderson
http://mt-anderson.com/, Feed, M T Anderson, best young adult ya book author, http://PragmaticMom.com, best mom blog, pragmatic mom, pragmaticmom
76. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Ann Brashares
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Ann Brashares, best family movie with meaning, best young adult book, http://PragmaticMom.com,
77. Go Ask Alice, Anonymous
Go Ask Alice, author anonymous, no author listed mentioned young adult great book, http://PragmaticMom.com
78. Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely, http://PragmaticMom.com
79. Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding
 Lord of the Flies, William golding, http://PragmaticMom.com, young adult book on bullying, pragmatic mom, boys terrorizing each other, boys picking on weakest link
80. Someone Like YouSarah Dessen
Someone Like You, Sarah Dessen best young adult author book http://PragmaticMOm.com, pragmatic mom
81. The Forest of Hands and TeethCarrie Ryan
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan, http://PragmaticMom.com, young adult literature fiction novels books best most popular
82. Jacob Have I LovedKatherine Paterson
Jacob Have I Loved, Katerine Paterson, Katherine Paterson, Catherine Paterson, best young adult books literature fiction author, http://PragmaticMom.com, pragmaticmom.com, pragmatic mom, pragmaticmom
83. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness, http://PragmaticMom.com
84. Poison StudyMaria V. Snyder
Poison Study, Maria V. Snyder, Maria Synder, http://PragmaticMom.com, best young adult mom blog for parents of teenagers
85. Shadow KissRichelle Mead
 Shadow Kiss, Rielle Mead, urban fantasy young adult literature, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom
86. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
 The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, avi, http://Pragmaticmom.com
87. An Abundance of KatherinesJohn Green
An Abundance of Katherines, green
88. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, haddon mark
89. A Ring of Endless LightMadeleine L’Engle
A Ring of Endless Light, L'engle
90. Glass Houses, Rachel Caine
 Glass Houses,, Caine, vampire young adult book best most popular, http://Pragmaticmom.com, Pragmaticmom, award winning best selling
91.  The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party, M.T. Anderson
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party
92. Walk Two MoonsSharon Creech
93. Whale Talk, Chris Crutcher
Whale Talk
94. Perfect ChemistrySimone Elkele
 Perfect Chemistry
95. Going Too FarJennifer Echols
 Going Too Far
96. The Last Song, Nicholas Sparks
The Last Song, sparks, http://Pragmaticmom.com
97. Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver
 Before I Fall oliver
98. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
99. The PigmanPaul Zindel
The Pigman
100. The Hero and the CrownRobin McKinley
The Hero and the Crown

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3 Comments

  1. r keith rytaran

    please consider the true novel Euclid Avenue Our scars mean something. it is the 1st in a series of 3 true life novels. it depicts the discovery, at age 4 of his dead brother’s body floating face down in the bathtub. the childhood years are filled with parental neglect, deceit, theft and manipulation. full time employment begins at age 12. the teenage years are characterized by experimentation to habits to addiction that culminate in a wager that results in a loveless marriage that ends in divorce and nearly in death. an outrageous conversation results in redemption.

  2. hailey

    i love wendy mass books

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