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The 100 Best Young-Adult Books Of All Time

America’s “Time” magazine has compiled a list of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. Nearly a third of the books on the list are published by Penguin Random House. They include classics like “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, as well as more recent bestsellers such as “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak and “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.

America’s “Time” magazine has compiled a list of the Best Young Adult Books of All Time. The magazine touts the titles on the list as “the most compelling, enlightening and influential young-adult books” published from the 19th century to the present day. Nearly a third of the selected titles are by authors published by Penguin Random House in the U.S. The books were selected by a panel of celebrated writers including Elizabeth Acevedo, Jason Reynolds, Adam Silvera, Angie Thomas, and Nicola Yoon. “Young people are actually quite philosophical,” Nicola Yoon tells “Time.” “They’re at the age when they’re still becoming who they’re going to be, asking themselves big questions like ‘What’s the meaning of life?’ or ‘How can I make the world a better place?’ or ‘Is there a God?’” “Time” says books can make young people feel less alone during these formative years. Which is why, with the help of a panel of leading YA authors, the magazine has compiled this “definitive list of the 100 Best YA Books of All Time.”

And these are the Penguin Random House titles on the “Time” 100 Best YA Books of All Time list:

  • Louisa May Alcott, LITTLE WOMEN (Penguin Classics/Vintage Classics/Signet Classics)
  • Julia Alvarez, BEFORE WE WERE FREE (Ember)
  • Joseph Bruchac, CODE TALKER (Dial Books for Young Readers)
  • Sandra Cisnero, THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET (Knopf)
  • Akwaeke Emezi, PET (Make Me A World/Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Anne Frank, THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL (Everyman’s Library)
  • William Golding, LORD OF THE FLIES (Penguin Books)
  • John Green, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
  • Adib Khorram, DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY  (Dial Books for Young Readers)
  • Nina LaCour, WE ARE OKAY (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
  • John Lewis, MARCH: Book One and MARCH: Book Two (Top Shelf Productions, a PRHPS client)
  • Marie Lu, LEGEND (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)
  • L. M. Montgomery, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (Penguin Classics)
  • Jandy Nelson, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN (Dial Books for Young Readers)
  • Nnedi Okorafor, AKATA WITCH (Viking Books for Young Readers)
  • Ellen Raskin, THE WESTING GAME (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
  • Meg Rosoff, HOW I LIVE NOW (Ember)
  • Louis Sachar, HOLES (Yearling)
  • Erika L. Sánchez, I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Ruta Sepetys, SALT TO THE SEA (Philomel)
  • Jerry Spinelli, STARGIRL (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Nic Stone, DEAR MARTIN  (Crown Books for Young Readers)
  • Sabaa Tahir, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES (Razorbill)
  • Mildred D. Taylor, ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY (Dial Books for Young Readers)
  • Jacqueline Woodson, BROWN GIRL DREAMING and IF YOU COME SOFTLY (Nancy Paulsen Books)
  • David Yoon, FRANKLY IN LOVE (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)
  • Nicola Yoon, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING and  THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR (Delacorte Press)
  • Markus Zusak, THE BOOK THIEF (Knopf Books for Young Readers)