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The Best Books for Teen and Young Adults

Updated on August 28, 2017

History of Teen and YA Fiction

This kind of fiction is written for people aged between 12 and 18, however the Genera often has books that are marketed at people up to 25 years old. These books are often read by older adults, this maybe because of how easy they are to read and get into and the amount of action in them from start to finish.

Although I said in the first paragraph of the article that things changed in the 90's it was over a century earlier that the Genera started to come alive.

Some of the best Teen and YA fiction that is still read today is from the early days of the Genera. Books like Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland still have some relevance in todays society.

Even though there seemed to be Teen and Young adult fiction being published most authors still published for the adult marked, however some of these books are now thought of as great books for Young Adults.

Top Teen and YA fiction of the 1800's

The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss (1812)

Waverley, Sir Walter Scott (1814)

Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens (1838)

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas (1844)

Tom Brown's Schooldays, Thomas Hughes (1857)

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (1860)

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (1865)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (1876)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (1884)

Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)

The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling (1894)

Moonfleet, J. Meade Falkne (1898)

Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll

Books that have become regarded as Teen or YA fiction

Although J.R.R, Tolkien did not originally write his Middle Earth books for the YA market they have become much loved books for teens and young adults over time.

Teen and YA fiction of the 1900's

By the 1960's the genera seemed to be coming into its own with teens actually publishing stories to be read by their peers. But it was not until the 90's that it started to blossom and expand to become what it is today.


1990's to Now

The 90's saw the start of something great in Teen and YA fiction and that was when in 1997 Bloomsbury Published a book by a British Author that was about the life of a young boy who is a wizard. This and the series of books that followed captured the imagination of young and old alike.

The 2000's saw the continuation of the Harry Potter Series and by the mid 00's we saw the start of another great YA series that involved love and Vampires. The Twilight Saga.

Since then more great YA series have been published. These include The Hunger Games Trilogy, Divergent Trilogy and The Maze Runner series among others.

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