Top 10 Best Young Adult Books

From coming-of-age tales to heart-pounding dystopian thrillers, check out the list below for the best YA books. Filled with adventure, romance, peril and poignancy, they're sure to keep readers engrossed...

1. The Lie Tree

Frances Hardinge

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award 2015, this powerful novel stars Faith, whose curiosity is piqued when she stumbles upon her disgraced father's journals and the disorderly scribbles and theories within. Amongst the notes, she finds tales of a strange tree which can uncover a truth if it is told a lie. On her quest to locate the tree, she finds herself in deep trouble, and quickly realises these lies could shatter the truths her world has been built around...

2. The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

This world-famous trilogy follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen and her adrenaline-fuelled adventures. The post-apocalyptic nation of Panem consists of twelve 'districts', most of them oppressed and gloomy places. But Katniss has the chance to change everything once she ends up participating in the brutal 'Hunger Games' - a televised fight to the death between a group of teenagers. Be taken in by the intense action and gritty atmosphere of this riveting saga.

3. The Mortal Instruments

Cassandra Clare

This dark series follows the adventures of Clary Fray, who, on her 18th birthday, discovers that she is a 'Shadowhunter', a person born with angelic blood who must protect humans from demons. Alongside the enigmatic and attractive Shadowhunter Jace and her geeky but dependable friend Simon, she finds herself in a dangerous world of faeries, vampires, warlocks and werewolves, and embarks on an epic quest filled with peril, romance, conflict and self-discovery.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

This inspiring and engrossing story is told from the perspective of six-year-old Scout, a little girl who lives in the American Deep South. Her father, lawyer Atticus Finch, is determined to defend a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Animosity and prejudice against Scout's family inevitably follow, and Scout comes to truly comprehend the magnitude of the injustice present in her own hometown. Powerful and thought-provoking, this classic is simply a must-read.

5. The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

Full of poignant observations about life, love, death and illness, this book follows Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two young cancer sufferers who meet at a cancer support group. The two develop a friendship that 'slowly, and then all at once' becomes love, peaking with an eventful trip to Amsterdam together. Both heart-breaking and humorous, this beautiful tale will make you laugh, cry, reflect and ruminate.

6. Noughts and Crosses

Malorie Blackman

This thought-provoking young adult book is set in an alternate historical timeline where being black puts you in the Cross ruling class. But, when Sephy, a Cross, and Callum, a Nought, develop a bond that goes beyond their childhood friendship, can they find a way to overcome the race and class boundaries and be with one another? This is the first in Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series and is a must-read for teen and adults alike.

7. Every Day

David Levithan

This original and gripping tale features A, who wakes up in a different body every day, completely unpredictably. He knows not to interfere or get too attached. However, when he wakes up in Justin's body and meets Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon, everything changes, because he knows he's finally found the person he wants to spend eternity with. Witty and honest, this novel will open readers' eyes to a new perspective on life.

8. All the Bright Places

Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and is constantly coming up with ways he might kill himself. Violet lives for the future, counting the days until graduation when she can escape her Indiana hometown. What will happen when this unlikely pair meets on the ledge of the bell tower at school - and how far will Violet go to save the boy she comes to love? This gripping book is soon to be adapted for the big screen, so be sure to read it before it comes out.

9. His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman

Featuring three books - Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - this thrilling fantasy trilogy follows Lyra and her 'daemon', the animal embodiment of her inner self. Travel with Lyra to amazing fantastical settings, through snowy hills, to an otherworldly city, and even to the Land of the Dead, on all sorts of daring and dangerous quests.

10. Everything, Everything

Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. In fact, she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door and wants to talk to her, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. But will Maddie dare to step outside of her comfort zone? Enthralling and heart-breaking, this novel reveals what happens when we want to break out of our shell, and the lengths we'll go to for love.

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  • The Hunger Games Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407130361 - Suzanne Collins
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    Suzanne Collins' bestselling YA book series, The Hunger Games trilogy, transports readers to a dystopian future run by the evil President Snow, where children are forced to take part in a deadly game to win favour for themselves and their village.

    When Katniss Everdeen becomes a contestant, she is convinced she won't return, but as she enters the life-or-death world of the televised game, she finds she's stronger than she thought... Will the odds be ever in her favour? She'll need the help of fellow contestant Peeta Mellark, previous winner Haymitch Abernathy and other rebels to help overthrow the sinister government.

    Totally unputdownable, the Hunger Games books - The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay - are a must for any bookshelf and they will surely generate discussion around the world we live in today. The Hollywood films - starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson - have gained the trilogy a legion of dedicated fans and now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the life-or-death adventures found in The Hunger Games books.
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    John Green, the author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, is one of the most popular voices in contemporary young adult fiction and The Fault in Our Stars became an instant classic.

    You will probably have been in tears watching the big-screen adaptation that starred Shailene Woodley and Ansel Engort as the devoted teenage lovers Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters and the book is just as heart-wrenching and poignant, but keeps a fine line in self-depreciating humour - especially from the wise-beyond-her-years Hazel.

    After meeting at a cancer support group, the cynical sufferer Hazel unexpectedly finds herself falling for the charms of Augustus and the novel follows the two as their relationship develops - taking in a romantic trip to Amsterdam in the process.

    Full of wit, sensitivity and observations about life and illness, this profound book will make readers of any age (especially teens) laugh and cry in equal measure.
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    Perfect for fans of the wonderful Patrick Ness and John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, Every Day will strike a chord with Young Adult readers and grown-ups alike.

    Every day, A wakes up in a different body. There's no rhyme or reason as to who it will be. He's learnt not to interfere and never to get too attached. Then he wakes up in Justin's body and meets Rhiannon, Justin's girlfriend, and all his life's rules up until now are thrown out the window, because A has found the one person he wants to spend every day with from now on...

    Original, imaginative, witty and honest, this novel will make you view the world from a different perspective.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    A modern masterpiece from Philip Pullman, this slipcased collection includes all three books in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

    A bestseller all around the world that tackled a number of important and controversial issues, it also won many awards and has had a remarkable influence on literature since.
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    THE ORIGINAL TEXT. 'Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a Mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel - a black man charged with attacking a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with both compassion and humour. She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, Atticus, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy.
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    The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park. All the Bright Places is a compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love? An intense, gripping YA novel, perfect for fans of John Green, Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, Gayle Forman and Jenny Downham. About the author: Jennifer Niven is the author of two narrative non-fiction books, The Ice Master and Ada Blackjack; a high school memoir, The Aqua Net Diaries; and four historical novels for adults: Velva Jean Learns to Drive (based on her Emmy Award-winning film of the same name), Velva Jean Learns to Fly, Becoming Clementine, and the forthcoming American Blonde. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles. All the Bright Places is her first book for young adults.
  • Mortal Instruments (Shadowhunters) Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781406376296 - Cassandra Clare
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    The inspiration for Netflix's hit show Shadowhunters, Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series combines heart-stopping, action-packed thrills with supernatural elements and forbidden romance. Complete with refreshed artwork, here you'll find all six books in the series for one unbelievable price.

    Featuring mature themes throughout, these books are ideal for teens who love The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner. The series starts with City of Bones, a novel that introduces the heroine, 16-year-old Clary Fray, and explains how she's starting to see things she shouldn't - including vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan.

    After witnessing a horrific incident, Clary finds herself drawn to the Shadowhunters, a secret group who are determined to rid New York's underworld - and the rest of the world - of demons. Full of mystery, intrigue and betrayal, Clary also finds herself falling for someone she shouldn't...

    Please note that this collection contains mature themes.
    This collection contains the entire series (books 1-6) of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments.
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    Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone? "Everything, Everything" is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.
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    Not only winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2015 but also the Costa Book of the Year, The Lie Tree is a brilliantly dark and mesmerising novel from Cuckoo Song author Frances Hardinge.

    Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances. As she searches through his belongings, she discovers a strange tree that only grows fruit if you whisper a lie to it. This fruit will then deliver a hidden truth to whoever eats it...

    The bigger the lie and the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered. Faith realises how good she is at lying and that this tree may just hold the key to her father's murder... As begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community, her tales begin to spiral out of control and she discovers that wherever lies seduce, truths shatter...

    The Lie Tree was shortlisted for 2016's Carnegie Medal.
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    Praised by Benjamin Zephaniah and widely regarded as one of the most inspiring and influential teen series of recent years, former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses is a book that tackles prejudice, racism, distrust and terrorism.

    Sephy and Callum have been friends since they were both very young and despite their feelings for each other indicating they want something more, that's as far as it can go...

    However, romance cannot be stopped even in a world full of anger, division and separation. Their love story ends up leading them both into terrible danger...