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Subject: Who are your favorite YA authors of all time?
Date Posted: 9/21/2007 9:20 PM ET
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I love reading YA books even though I can no longer be considered one (haha) and wanted to know who are your favorite YA authors of all time?

Mine would be:

L.J. Smith

Dawn Cook

Stephenie Meyer



Date Posted: 9/23/2007 10:39 PM ET
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I like reading some YA also, even though I'm not of that age, either. lol. But some of my favorites are Meg Cabot, Kate Brian, Stephenie Meyer, and Michele Jaffe.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 11:29 PM ET
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I liked Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series and her Mediator series. I am currently reading Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty for the second time so that it will be fresh in my mind when I read her next one in that series--Rebel Angels.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 9:36 PM ET
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I like Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Scott Westerfeld (Uglies Trilogy), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight trilogy), Louise Rennison (Georgia Nicholson books), Lois Lowry.......I know I'll think of some more!

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 10:20 PM ET
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I liked Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series & Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 10:28 PM ET
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I also like Lauren Barnholdt. I can't believe I forgot her. She wrote Reality Chick and Two-Way Street and they are both GREAT books (in my opinion).

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 10:53 PM ET
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Besides J.K. Rowling,  I would say my favorites are Diana Wynne Jones and Megan Whalen Turner.

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 11:01 AM ET
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My absoulute favorite is Francesca Lia Block (good thing my sisters are into her books as well).  I also grab everything I see by S. E. Hinton.  Also, we love Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain.  I too love reading YA, my sister's tend to get angry at me because I spend too much time in their bookcase and am always reading the books which I buy 'just for them'.

Date Posted: 10/2/2007 7:53 PM ET
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Tamora Pierce

Stephanie Meyer

Cornelia Funke

Meg Cabot


Date Posted: 10/4/2007 1:03 AM ET
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Tamora Pierce

Diane Duane

Patricia C. Wrede

Philip Pullman

Meredith Ann Pierce

Sherwood Smith

Jenny Nimmo

Stuart Hill

Rick Riordan

I read alot of YA although I am not of that age group anymore.

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 8:33 AM ET
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Tamora Pierce is the greatest fiction writer ever in my opinion! (And I'll bet Amanda S. above me found Meredith Ann Pierce by accident looking at Tamora Pierce, same as me, lol)

Philip Pullman is amazing too.

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 8:14 PM ET
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Jaclyn Moriarty-she's funny, and I think she really understands tennagers and how they interact, I always enjoy her books

Laurie Stolarz- very creative author,wonderful storytelling

L.J Smith-I discovered this author when I was in middle school and though I'm 22 now I still pick up her books every now and then and enjoy them

Tamora Pierce-love her! Her Song of the Lioness series is a must have

Stephenie Meyer-I cannot praise her enough she has a beautiful writing style



Date Posted: 11/24/2007 9:32 AM ET
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Susan Juby, Louise Rennison, Laurie Halse Anderson

I used to say Sarah Dessen but all of her books are exactly the same.

Date Posted: 11/25/2007 1:06 PM ET
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I'm 24, and I still love Sarah Dessen, Scott Westerfeld (okay, so I read the Uglies trilogy last year, hehe), Ann Brashares (except her newest, "adult" fiction--blech), Judy Blume (don't forget about the old-school stuff!  Summer Sisters is amazing, although maybe not YA).

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 12:12 AM ET
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No contest, S. E. Hinton. I gave my teen son my 30 year old copy of The Outsiders  to read and he knocked it out in a day. I had to go buy every other S. E. Hinton book I could find (4 more) and he read every one within the week.

He also likes Eoin Colfer and Rick Riordan's YA series. Harry Potter goes without saying.......

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 10:28 AM ET
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This is hard!

William Sleator is my all time favorite.  But I love:

Tamora Pierce ~ Lloyd Alexander ~ Phillip Pullman ~ Laurie Halse Anderson ~ Ann Rinaldi

I just finished Ann Turnbull's books No fear, no shame and the sequel Forged in the fire.  I thought they were excellent! 

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Date Posted: 1/4/2008 8:39 AM ET
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I just read a book by Rachel Hawthorne called Snowed In.  It was a great book.  Good enough for me to order whatever else she has written that was available here.  :)


Date Posted: 1/5/2008 10:21 AM ET
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I am a woman of "a certain age" and I still collect and read YA literature. From childhood my favorite authors are Madeleine L'Engle, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Judy Blume, and L.M.Montgomery. As an adult I have been reading and collecting all of the American Girl books, Lemony Snicket, The Edge Chronicles, Farflung Adventures, Charlie Bone and J.K. Rowling. It helps to have a son who has inherited my love of books!
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Date Posted: 1/10/2008 4:43 PM ET
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 I loved Lois Duncan, I thought she was terrific, and still have some of her books that I re-read :)

 Also, SE Hinton was a big favorite of mine.

Date Posted: 1/12/2008 10:36 PM ET
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I loved Lois Duncan, too. To this day I still think of "Stranger with my Face" when I catch a glimpse of a mirror out of the corner of my eye. That book scarred me for life, I think!

In addition to the ones already mentioned, I like Harry Turtledove's new YA series. I think he does a much better job with that than his adult series--less convoluted and messy.

Date Posted: 1/13/2008 11:10 AM ET
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Ann Rinaldi!

She is the only author I know who makes historical fiction so interesting. I have two of her books on my shelf, if anyone wants to check them out. Every one of her books combines american historical figures with a spunky young woman and a slight romantical interest. Love them!

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 12:28 PM ET
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Christopher Pike and Stephanie Meyer

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 12:12 AM ET
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Stephenie Meyer,  is #1 for me!

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 6:34 PM ET
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I would have to say the list goes like this:

J.K. Rowling

JRR Tolkien

Gale Carson Levine

Shannon Hale

L.M Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables Series)