Booklist’s 50 Best YA of All Time

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1960s

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The Earthsea trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

 

1970s

The Friends by Rosa Guy

A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich by Alice Childress

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

Forever by Judy Blume

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

Gentlehands by M. E. Kerr

 

1980s

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal

Singularity by William Sleator

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Dangerous Angels series, by Francesca Lia Block

 

1990s

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson

The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp

The Circuit books by Francisco Jiménez

The Facts Speak for Themselves by Brock Cole

Tenderness by Robert Cormier

 

2000s

Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond

Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Black Juice by Margo Lanagan

Looking for Alaska by John Green

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing series by M. T. Anderson

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Nes

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Nation by Terry Pratchett

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

2010s

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell

The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

March series by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

A Volcano beneath the Snow: John Brown’s War against Slavery by Albert Marrin

I Crawl through It by A. S. King

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope

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