My Favorite Young Adult Novels

Most definitions of young adult literature do little more than identify the genre’s intended audience and its major characters as ranging anywhere from ten to twenty-five years old, which is a little like defining a short story as a story that is short. With that simplistic understanding in mind, I thought I’d make a list of my ten favorite young adult novels of all time.

10. R.A. Nelson’s Days of Little Texas

9.   Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Grey

8.   Thomas Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons

7.   Melissa Bank’s The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing

6.   Yann Martel’s Life of Pi

5.  Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

4.  Harper Lee’s  To Kill a Mockingbird

3.  Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

2.  J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

1.  Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine

I have an obvious preference for the classics but a growing interest and respect for more contemporary works. For what it’s worth, I’d highly recommend each of the above titles for readers of all ages.