There are some amazing Young Adult novels out there and Between the Grinds wants to make sure you know about them. Here is a list of our current top ten best young adult fiction.
The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a necromancer? Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series will allow you a glimpse into a primitive yet magical realm pitted against the technologies of the 20th century. Between the Grinds recommends the entire series but you have to start somewhere.
Sabriel is the first book in the Abhorsen series and it’s an amazing ride full of zombies, spirits quelled by bells, a sarcastic demon house cat, and a fearless girl searching for her destiny. Sabriel’s father, the legendary Abhorsen, has gone missing and she must journey into the unruly, magical land of the Old Kingdom to find him. Not quite ready for the demands of a necromancer’s lifestyle, Sabriel must learn quickly or face the end of the world as she knows it.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Have you ever wanted to travel through time? Well, the Murry family quickly learns how to travel through time after their father goes missing while working on a tesseract.
Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe journey through a wrinkle in time with the help of a few supernatural beings who go by Mrs. Whatis, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. Together, the children face great evil, simply called IT, on the strange planet of Camazotz where Meg’s father is trapped. The children encounter many dangers but learn several valuable lessons about family, identity, and conformity along the way.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Have you ever wanted your world to be better or more interesting? Be careful what you wish for.
This blend of horror and fantasy from Neil Gaiman has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. We guarantee this book will enchant your imagination.
Coraline lives in an old house that is divided into several flats. Frustrated by how uninteresting and unfair her world is, Coraline ignores all warnings and unlocks secret door in the house. Through this door, Coraline finds a world that is similar to the one she left but far better. In the Other World Coraline has an Other Mother and an Other Father that are much more accommodating than her real parents. However, something sinister is hiding in this lovely world. As Coraline spends more time in the Other World she begins to feel that she is in danger of never being allowed to leave.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
A Bad Beginning is the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. It all begins with the tragedy of the Baudelaire orphans.
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans. A mysterious fire takes the lives of their parents and they are quickly sent away to a conniving, distant relative named Count Olaf. The children easily see through the greedy motives of Olaf as he assembles an authentic marriages ceremony in a theatrical play between Violet and himself. Count Olaf is hungry for the Baudelaire fortune but every adult is oblivious to his desperate plight for the inheritance. Alone in their misfortune, the orphans must use their creativity, wits, and teeth to thwart Count Olaf’s evil plan.
Feed by M.T. Anderson
We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck – Titus, The Feed
How would you like to have your smart phone permanently implanted in your head at birth? Would you like to be constantly bombarded by ads inside of your head? Would you like our language to be simplified into barely intelligible sentences?
This book is about a group of teens who live in the world of the feed which allows users to mentally access the internet and stream its contents directly to their brain. As a result, these individuals are accustomed to being bombarded by ads which are tailored to their tastes and their resistance to these temptations is practically nil. Can these teens empty their minds of the constant distractions of the feed and remember what it means to be human? It may be difficult to see fault in a high tech world full of ease and consumerism but the terrifying image of a declining modern society can be felt in the pages of The Feed.
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Based on order of publication, the Chronicles of Narnia begin with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. However, C.S. admits that he prefers that the chronicles begin with The Magician’s Nephew.
Digory’s friend Polly vanishes after touching a yellow ring they found in his Uncle Andrew’s study. Digory soon finds out that his uncle is a magician and in order to bring Polly back he must vanish as well. Digory manages to rescue Polly from the Wood between the Worlds but when they return they are not alone. An evil witch named Jadis travels back to London with them and wreaks havoc on their world. To return Jadis to her own world, Digory and Polly will need the help of Aslan, the true king of Narnia.
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Do you love stories about fantastical adventures, evil kings, and an average boy protecting the life of a hatchling dragon?
We recommend beginning with Eragon, the first book in The Inheritance Cycle.
When a lowly farm boy named Eragon stumbles upon a blue stone in the forest he thinks of how much the profits from his discovery will help his family survive the winter. However, when the stone hatches a dragon his soon realizes that his problems have only begun. In order to protect the fledgling dragon and fulfill his destiny, Eragon must leave his simple life behind. A sinister king hungers for the power that comes along with possessing a dragon and employs a horde of dark enemies to pursue Eragon and his precious treasure.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Are you searching for a mystery/thriller about a ruined orphanage that once housed peculiar children? This book may be just for you.
Jacob encounters a strange island off the coast of Wales. It is on this island that he finds the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s orphanage. Jacob finds more chilling evidence of the island’s occupants and comes to understand that the children may have been imprisoned to protect the rest of the world from their dark gifts.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
A legendary classic that will capture your thirst for adventure and the fantastical.
Enduring the recent loss of his mother and the cruelty of bullies, Bastion escapes to a bookstore and leaves with a book that will change his life forever. Once Bastion begins reading, he quickly becomes absorbed in the great plight that has befallen the land of Fantasia. Bastion suddenly sees himself in the brave hero Atreyu as he goes on a quest to save the Childlike Princess from the terrible Nothing.
The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell
Have you ever wondered what birds would say if they could talk?
Clara Dooley lives with a magician’s widow in the large Glendoveer mansion. Within her mysterious home lies a mysterious aviary full of exotic birds. Clara is frightened of the birds that screech at her whenever she is nearby. However, when the birds start speaking to her the mysteries begin to come out.
What is your favorite Young Adult novel or writer?
Well, those are our current top ten young adult novels. We hope you enjoy reading these stories. Let us know about your experiences.