Must-Read YA Fiction

A Listmania! list by Katrina K.
The list author says: "These works, from a variety of genres (mostly fantasy) are excellent YA books for readers young and not-so-young. I've only included the first book from series."
Artemis Fowl
1.  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The list author says:
  "I've been reading this series for years and haven't outgrown it yet. Colfer's mix of action, fantasy, and humor make the series (and his other YA novels) a hit."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,319 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Golden Compass
2.  Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The list author says:
  "This is one of the best-written series I've ever read. The ending of the final book of the trilogy blew my mind. The struggles of the characters are relatistic and relatable - and the magic and action make it a fun read as well."
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The Giver
3.  The Giver by Lois Lowry
The list author says:
  "Although the final book in Lois Lowry's trilogy isn't as good as the first two, this is an unforgettable series - often a young reader's first introduction to a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future. I also highly recommend Lowry's other fiction, especially Number the Stars."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,131 customer reviews) | 9 customer discussions

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First Test: Book 1 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
4.  First Test: Book 1 of the Protector of the Small Quartet by Tamora Pierce
The list author says:
  "Protector of the Small is the story of Tortall's second-ever female knight, the first girl to be formally trained as a female rather than in disguise as a male. All of Tamora Pierce's YA series are amazing."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)

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The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)
5.  The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket
The list author says:
  "I first started reading ASoUE years ago, and was pleased that as I aged, the books increased in complexity and subject matter (as well as length!) Somewhat depressing but always a compelling read."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,608 customer reviews)

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
6.  A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) by Madeleine L'Engle
The list author says:
  "Although the last two books in the quartet are nowhere near as good as the first two, the series is expertly written by Madeleine L'Engle, who has the gift of making her magical scifi perfectly plausible in a way that does not patronize young readers."
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 10th Anniversary Edition
7.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 10th Anniversary Edition by J. K. Rowling
The list author says:
  "It seems like Harry Potter has been around forever, but I remember getting the first book for Christmas when I was 11. J.K. Rowling's series changed literature forever."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9,641 customer reviews) | 24 customer discussions

Crown Duel (Crown Duel / Court Duel)
8.  Crown Duel (Crown Duel / Court Duel) by Sherwood Smith
The list author says:
  "Crown Duel is the story of a young woman thrust into a rebellion against a tyrannical ruler and later thrown into court, where deception reigns. It's like a more concise, more appealing version of Eragon, without dragons."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Abarat (Abarat)
9.  Abarat (Abarat) by Clive Barker
The list author says:
  "Abarat is Clive Barker's saga about a girl who is swept into a world where there is an island for each hour of the day (and one extra) and an evil madman hunting her down. The illustrations alone would make this series worth buying; Barker is a master of dark fiction."
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The Hunger Games (Book 1)
10.  The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
The list author says:
  "I've only read the first book so far, but I'm already amazed by Suzanne Collins's abilities. Katniss, a young woman living on the edge of poverty, volunteers to take her sister's place in a government-mandated competition to the death. It's a brutal, raw, and enthralling book."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22,561 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Sabriel
11.  Sabriel by Garth Nix
The list author says:
  "Garth Nix's trilogy is epic in the best sense. The country is divided between magic and modern regions, and Sabriel must take up the necromancer's bells, which allow her to travel between life and death and control the dead, in order to fight an ancient evil. The language is gorgeous, the imagery lush, and the emotion powerful. A must-read series."
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The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)
12.  The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1) by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "James Patterson's YA series is action-packed, focusing on the struggle of bird-children to find their place in a world which wants them dead or imprisoned."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (950 customer reviews) | 13 customer discussions

Hawksong: The Kiesha'ra: Volume One (The Keisha'ra)
13.  Hawksong: The Kiesha'ra: Volume One (The Keisha'ra) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
The list author says:
  "I am a big fan of Atwater-Rhodes's vampire novels, but Hawksong is her best work; a hawk woman and snake man must find a way to end the centuries-old war between their people, but at what price?"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1)
14.  The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1) by Michael Buckley
The list author says:
  "Two sisters, the descendants of the Brothers Grimm, join the family business in a town holding the world's fairy-tale characters after their parents disappear. Full of action and dry humor."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
15.  Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
The list author says:
  "A raw, gritty teen fantasy about a girl who stumbled onto the faerie world and must find a way to survive the danger there. A beautifully crafted work where Courtney Love meets the Brothers Grimm. Also read the Curse Workers series and the Poison Eaters, her short stories."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Speak (Platinum Edition)
16.  Speak (Platinum Edition) by Laurie Halse Anderson
The list author says:
  "Anderson's work is a gripping book about being an outcast with an awful secret. I highly recommend all of Anderson's novels."
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Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1)
17.  Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1) by Garth Nix
The list author says:
  "Another Garth Nix hit. Arthur's near-death experience plunges him into battle against the seven Trustees of the Will in the House, an alternate world."
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The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1)
18.  The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud
The list author says:
  "With the dry wit of Terry Pratchett, but less raunchy. A tale of magicians, djinn, and the fight against evil set in Victorian England."
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Fablehaven
19.  Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
The list author says:
  "Two young girls discover a world of magic at their grandparents' house and join the fight against an unknown enemy determined on freeing the world's magic. Funny and lighthearted but also serious and compelling at times."
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The Princess Diaries
20.  The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
The list author says:
  "Meg Cabot's story of a girl who suddenly finds out she is heir to the throne of a small European country is witty and hilarious."
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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Book 1)
21.  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Book 1) by Louise Rennison
The list author says:
  "No book series has ever made me laugh out loud more than this one about an English girl who just wants a normal family and a boyfriend...if only life would cooperate!"
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The Mysterious Benedict Society
22.  The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The list author says:
  "A good, thick read for a rainy day about a group of children recruited into a secret society because of their puzzle-solving skills."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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