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Authors We Like

A List of Some of the Top Classic & Contemporary YA Novelists



This is a handy list of some of the authors we Youth Reads writers like, both classic and contemporary. Before you click below to get to the list, please read the following descriptions and disclaimer.

We asked our contributors to give us names of some of their favorites, and also took some names from the reviews on the Youth Reads site. For each author, we've given a link either to a review of a representative work, or a link to the author's Goodreads page. Where available, we've also provided a link to a Colson Center store page where you can purchase his or her works.

Authors whose names are bolded were selected by more than one contributor (our most recommended authors are at the top of the lists).

NOTE: When there's an asterisk by a name, it means that some of the author's works have elements or themes that may be cause for concern -- such as profanity, heavy violence or other disturbing or frightening elements, sexual themes, or worldview issues. Although we believe these authors' works have enough redeeming value to include them here, we suggest extra caution in these cases.

We realize that every family has different standards, and urge you to use your own discretion when using this list. We also encourage you to leave your thoughts on these authors in the comment section below, and to offer suggestions of your own. We always appreciate hearing from our audience about what works and doesn't work for you!


Classics

C. S. Lewis
(BreakPoint feature review)
(Colson Center Store page)

L. M. Montgomery
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Jane Austen
(BreakPoint Radio commentary)
(Colson Center Store page)

J. R. R. Tolkien
(BreakPoint Radio commentary)
(Colson Center Store page)

Charles Dickens
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Madeleine L’Engle
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Louisa May Alcott
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

George MacDonald
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

P. G. Wodehouse
(Goodreads page)

Edith Wharton
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Charlotte Brontë
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Harper Lee
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Leo Tolstoy
(BreakPoint Radio commentary)
(Colson Center Store page)

Victor Hugo
(BreakPoint Radio commentary)
(Colson Center Store page)

Dorothy L. Sayers*
(Goodreads page)

Orson Scott Card*
(Youth Reads review)

Lloyd Alexander
(Goodreads page)

Mark Twain
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

W. O. Mitchell
(Goodreads page)

Maud Hart Lovelace
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Baroness Emmuska Orczy
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Robert Louis Stevenson
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Alexandre Dumas*
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Elizabeth Enright
(Youth Reads review)

Anthony Trollope
(Goodreads page)

Willa Cather
(Goodreads page)

F. Scott Fitzgerald*
(Youth Reads review)

Edgar Allan Poe*
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Oscar Wilde
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Rudyard Kipling
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Leon Uris*
(Goodreads page)

George Eliot
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Contemporary YA

Suzanne Collins*
(Youth Reads review)

Andrew Klavan
(BreakPoint feature review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Lois Lowry
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Melanie Dickerson
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Nancy Rue*
(Youth Reads Review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Shannon Hale
(Goodreads page)

Penelope Wilcock
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Robin McKinley*
(Lemonade & Lit review)

E. L. Konigsburg*
(Goodreads page)

Beverly Cleary
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Robin Jones Gunn
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Gail Carson Levine
(Goodreads page)

Brian Jacques
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

N. D. Wilson
(Youth Reads review)

Lisa T. Bergren
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Andrew Peterson
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Jonathan Rogers
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Elizabeth Wein*
(Youth Reads review)

Gary D. Schmidt*
(Youth Reads review)

John W. Otte
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

KD McCrite
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Rachel Coker
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store page)

Rick Riordan
(Youth Reads review)

Ally Condie
(Youth Reads review)

Jasper Fforde*
(Youth Reads review)

Veronica Roth
(Youth Reads review)

Marissa Meyer
(Youth Reads review)

Gordon Korman
(Youth Reads review)

Avi*
(Goodreads page)

Anthony Horowitz
(Goodreads page)

Cornelia Funke
(Youth Reads review)

Cinda Williams Chima
(Youth Reads review)

Myra McEntire
(Youth Reads review)

Arthur Slade*
(Goodreads page)

Kenneth Oppel
(Goodreads page)

Derek Landy
(Goodreads page)

Jenny B. Jones
(Goodreads page)
(Colson Center Store page)

Nancy Carpentier Brown
(Youth Reads review)

Jeff Hirsch
(Youth Reads review)

Bill Myers
(Youth Reads review)
(Colson Center Store review)

Richard Paul Evans*
(Youth Reads review)

Pittacus Lore*
(Youth Reads reviews here and here)

Elise Broach
(Youth Reads review)

Stacey Kade*
(Youth Reads review)

Mitali Perkins*
(BreakPoint feature mini-review)

Ann Rinaldi*
(Goodreads page)

Margaret Peterson Haddix
(Goodreads page)
(Amazon page)

Lemony Snicket*
(Goodreads page)

J. K. Rowling*
(BreakPoint articles)

 

Thanks to Sherry Early, Christy McDougall, Annie Provencher, Sarah Maduri Garthwaite, Esther J. Archer, Diane Singer, Ben Taylor, Rachel McMillan, and Kim Moreland for contributing to this list. Thanks to Joe Dalfonzo for helping compile recommendations from Youth Reads reviews.


Articles on the BreakPoint website are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of BreakPoint. Outside links are for informational purposes and do not necessarily imply endorsement of their content.

Comments:

Is there any possibility of adding _The Jane Austen Guide to Life_, by Lori Smith to the Colsen Center Store?

http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Austen-Guide-Life-ebook/dp/B0080K3M5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382725416&sr=8-1&keywords=Jane+Austen%27s+Guide+Lori
other good books
I would recommend the Bethlehem Books website for the best in Historical Fiction available to youth today.
www.bethlehembooks.com
As a family of readers we are always looking for great books--your list is one we all love to check out and see what books we may have missed in our quest to read as many "good reads" as we possibly can. There is nothing quite as satisfying as reading a good book and then getting to talk about it with your children. That is a true gift! Thank you for encouraging the love of reading...and providing a wonderful list anyone can access!
Thanks for commenting, everyone!

Al: This list concentrates on fiction, as does the Youth Reads page in general. There are a few reasons for this -- the main one is that we think fiction, especially fiction for teens, deserves more attention from Christians than it usually gets. There are a lot of people who can tell you "This or that devotional is great for your teen"; there aren't quite so many who can tell you "This or that novel is great for your teen." But fiction tends to be incredibly influential, and we wanted to focus on it. So that's why Eric is not included here; he hasn't written any fiction that targets this age group.

Dawn: Richard Paul Evans is indeed on the list! Look again and you'll see him. :-)

Ellen: Diane Singer reviewed those books for us, and I don't think she considered them particularly steamy, but I will ask her about it.

We truly appreciate all your feedback!
Love the Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans. They are engaging books for teens and adults alike. I'd love to see them added to the list.
Great List...Missed Eric!
WOW...forgot a great author - Eric Metaxas has put together a string of books from "God Made You Special" to "7 Men" as well as "Amazing Grace" and "Bonhoeffer" biographies. These have been excellent for me and my 8 year old son to read and discuss...young daughter and youngest son are next! Thanks for all you do!!!
authors list
Thank you for putting this list together, I am sure this was very time consuming and challenging. I will use this list when looking for books for my kids in the future. I wish you could share this list with Scholastics Books and get them to include these authors in their flyers they send home with the kids from school.
Thanks for the list. I'm glad to see Andrew Peterson's Wingfeather Saga made the list. Next to Narnia, it has been the only set of books we've read as a family that my daughters beg for more at the end of each chapter!
Thanks for this fantastic list!

Personally, I would put an asterisk on Lisa T Bergren. Her Waterfall series was a bit steamy in my opinion. Not that they were explicit in scenes or descriptions, but that the writing led the reader's thoughts toward pondering intimacy and sexuality.I'll be using caution in introducing these books to my daughter.

On the other hand, Melanie Dickerson's books are at the top of my list to give to my daughter when she becomes interested in romance books. I've recently pre-ordered her latest book.
Additional Contemporary YA Author
I'd like to add K.B. Hoyle to the list of contemporary YA fiction. Anyone who enjoys the other YA authors recommended by Youth Reads will love her work! The Gateway Chronicles--check them out!

http://www.goodreads.com/series/76354-the-gateway-chronicles

http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/search

http://nightnark.blogspot.com/?m=1






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