Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels

It's almost a cliche at this point to say that teen fiction isn't just for teens anymore. Just last year, the Association of American Publishers ranked Children's/Young Adult books as the single fastest-growing publishing category.

Which is why we were only a little surprised to see the tremendous response that came in for this summer's Best-Ever Teen Fiction poll. A whopping 75,220 of you voted for your favorite young adult novels, blasting past the total for last year's science fiction and fantasy poll at, dare we say it, warp speed.

And now, the final results are in. While it's no surprise to see Harry Potter and the Hunger Games trilogy on top, this year's list also highlights some writers we weren't as familiar with. For example, John Green, author of the 2012 hit The Fault in Our Stars, appears five times in the top 100.

Selecting a manageable voting roster from among the more than 1,200 nominations that came in from readers wasn't easy, and we were happy to be able to rely on such an experienced panel of judges. But deciding what does and doesn't count as a young-adult novel isn't an exact science. If you're surprised not to see some of your favorite books among the winners, you might want to look at this blog post, which describes the thinking behind the tough calls.

Summer, like youth, is fleeting. But the books we read when we're young can stay with us for a lifetime. Here's hoping that when the school bell rings in a few short weeks, it will find you engrossed in just such a memorable read, selected by the NPR audience. Enjoy. (For your convenience, here's a printable version of the top-100 list, and here's a list of the 235 finalists.)

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Harry Potter series

The Hunger Games series

The Fault in Our Stars

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Lord of the Rings

Fahrenheit 451

Looking for Alaska

The Giver series

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

The Outsiders

Anne of Green Gables series

His Dark Materials series

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Princess Bride

Lord of the Flies

Divergent series

Paper Towns

The Mortal Instruments series

An Abundance of Katherines

Flowers For Algernon

Thirteen Reasons Why

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


Twilight series

Uglies series

The Infernal Devices series

Tuck Everlasting

The Hobbit

The Catcher in the Rye

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

The Call of the Wild

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Go Ask Alice

Howl's Moving Castle


A Separate Peace

Vampire Academy series

Abhorsen Trilogy

Discworld / Tiffany Aching series

My Sister's Keeper

The Dark is Rising Sequence

Graceling series


Earthsea series

The Inheritance Cycle

The Princess Diaries series

Song of the Lioness series

Treasure Island

Delirium series

Anna and the French Kiss

Hush, Hush Saga

13 Little Blue Envelopes

It's Kind of a Funny Story

The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

The House on Mango Street

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Chocolate War

Just Listen

A Ring of Endless Light

The Truth About Forever

The Bartimaeus Trilogy

Bloodlines series

Fallen series

House of Night series

I Capture the Castle

Daughter of the Lioness / Tricksters series

I Am the Messenger

The Immortals series

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

Chaos Walking series

Circle of Magic series

Daughter of Smoke & Bone


Weetzie Bat series

Along for the Ride

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series

Leviathan series

The House of the Scorpion

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci

This Lullaby

Gone series

Shiver Trilogy

The Hero and the Crown


Betsy-Tacy Books

Before I Fall


The Last Unicorn

The Maze Runner series

If I Stay

The Blue Sword

Crank series

Matched series

Gallagher Girls series

The Goose Girl

The Book Thief


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