10 Best Young Adult Novels

March 10, 2019

Today I came back across one of my favorite young adult novels after several years. It inspired me to compile a list of the 10 best YA novels (in my opinion). As always, genre, length, author, and a quick synopsis are included!

The Book Thief
  • Author: Markus Zusak
  • Length: 608 Pages
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Synopsis: It’s 1939 in Nazi Germany, Liesel Meminger brings joy to her life by stealing books she cannot purchase. She soon brings joy to those around her, including her neighbors during the bombing of Munich and the Jew that’s hidden in her basement, but at what cost?

*This applies to the entire Eragon series, which consists of four books.

  • Author: Christopher Paolini
  • Length: 528 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction/Fantasy
  • Synopsis: Perfect for people who love Lord of the Rings, Eragon takes the reader to a magical world where 15 year old Eragon believes he is nothing but a farm boy, until he discovers a dragons egg. Swept into a world with powers and a dragon that he does not fully understand, the entire weight of the empire may rest on his shoulders.
The Giver
  • Author: Lois Lowry
  • Length: 240 Pages
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Synopsis: 12 year old Jonas lives in a perfect, colorless world of reform, where all people are given their life assignment. When Jonas receives the life assignment of Receiver of Memories, the rarest assignment of them all, he begins to discover the darkness behind their seemingly perfect world.
Looking for Alaska
  • Author: John Green
  • Length: 234 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Synopsis: Miles Halter lives a boring life where nothing ever happens, until he sends himself to boarding school. There, he meets Alaska Young. She’s gorgeous, funny, smart, and bent on self-destruction. Alaska seems to have made Miles a new person…but will she destroy him?

*Inkheart is a part of a trilogy

  • Author: Cornelia Funke
  • Length: 560 Pages
  • Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • Synopsis: On a spooky dark night, Meggie’s father reads from a mysterious book called Inkheart, and an evil ruler escapes from the pages and ends up in their home. Meggie becomes a part of the story, because the story has come to her, and she may be the only person who can stop it.
13 Reasons Why

*Please do not judge the book from the show, this novel changed my life in 8th grade.

  • Author: Jay Asher
  • Length: 288 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Synopsis: Clay Jensen becomes the recipient of the most life-changing gift: a box of tapes left for him from Hannah Baker, his classmate and friend who had just committed suicide. If he follows her instructions and listens to the tapes, he will discover who all played a role in her decision, however, he will also learn his role in her death.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

*The Chronicles of Narnia is an extensive series, of which The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is only a small part. This link is to a full volume of around 700 pages which includes all 7 books. If you would like to look at only The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, please click here.

  • Author: C.S. Lewis
  • Length: 208 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Synopsis: When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy go to stay with their uncle during World War II. When they arrive, they expect a drab time. That is until Lucy steps into a wardrobe and enters a magical land where animals talk and a curse is over the land that they may be able to help break.
Because of Winn Dixie
  • Author: Kate DeCamillo
  • Length: 208 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Synopsis: Let me start by saying this book is extremely family friendly, I read it for the first time when I was 8 and have read it several times since then. The story revolves around Opal, who one day goes to the store, and comes back with a dog: Winn Dixie. But Winn Dixie is more than just a pet. He changes Opal’s life by bringing her friends, joy, and the truth about the mother she barely knew.
The Hobbit
  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Length: 300 Pages
  • Genre: Fiction/Fantasy
  • Synopsis: I would be surprised if you had not at least heard about The Hobbit. The book follows Bilbo Baggins, a lovable hobbit, as he is pulled along by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves in order to raid the treasure of Smaug, a large dragon. Bilbo joins their quest, unaware of the perils that lie ahead of him. Endearing, whitty, and a classic, The Hobbit will continue captivating audiences for years to come.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  • Author: Avi
  • Length: 240 Pages
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Synopsis: 13 year old Charlotte Doyle is supposed to be traveling home with two families form England to her home in Rhode Island in the summer of 1832. But when the families mysteriously cancel, Charlotte finds herself the sole passenger on a ship with a cruel captain and a crew claiming mutiny. Her long-awaited journey becomes a perilous trip when Charlotte encounters many hardships, including being put on trial for murder.

Those are ten of the best YA novels in my opinion. Have another to share? Do you have a suggestion of a list or review I should do next? Let me know in the comments!

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