Best Young Adult Authors

by BatBanks | created - 17 Sep 2013 | updated - 07 Aug 2015 | Public

1. J.R.R. Tolkien

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

English writer, scholar and philologist, Tolkien's father was a bank manager in South Africa. Shortly before his father died (1896) his mother took him and his younger brother to his father's native village of Sarehole, near Birmingham, England. The landscapes and Nordic mythology of the Midlands ...

The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

2. J.K. Rowling

Writer | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, near Bristol, a few miles south of a town called Dursley ("Harry Potter"'s Muggle-family). Her father Peter Rowling was an engineer for Rolls Royce in Bristol at this time. Her mother, Anne, was half-French and half-Scottish. They met on a train as it left King's ...

Harry Potter

Percy Jackson, The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus

4. C.S. Lewis

Writer | The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis was born in 1898 and brought up in a very strict, religious household. While he was quite young, his mother died of cancer but the "stiff upper lip" in favour at the time meant he wasn't allowed to grieve. He became an Oxford don and led a sheltered life. He seriously questioned his ...

The Chronicles of Narnia

5. Louisa May Alcott

Writer | Little Women

Worked as a nurse in a union hospital in Georgetown during the American Civil War.

Little Women

6. Roald Dahl

Writer | The Witches

Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. He made a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. As a result, he spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. Dahl is known for how he ...

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr. Fox, BFG

7. Philip Pullman

Writer | The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman was born on October 19, 1946 in Norwich, Norfolk, England as Philip Nicholas Outram Pullman. He is a writer and producer, known for The Golden Compass (2007), The Adventures of John Blake and His Dark Materials (2019). He has been married to Judith Speller since April 15, 1970.

His Dark Materials Trilogy, The Ruby in the Smoke, The Tin Princess

8. Suzanne Collins

Writer | The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins is an American television writer and novelist, author of the bestselling series The Underland Chronicles and the wildly successful Hunger Games trilogy that spawned the Lionsgate film The Hunger Games (2012) and the three subsequently announced sequels, The Hunger Games: Catching ...

The Hunger Game Trilogy

9. Christopher Pike

Writer | Spooksville

In his book The Eternal Dawn the lead character Alisa is a vampire who can only forge friendships for ten years before dropping out of sight; in Death Becomes Her (1992) Meryl Streep's character must do the same with her career after drinking a potion that grants eternal youth and beauty before ...

Thirst Series/The Last Vampire, Weekend, Slumber Party, Final Friends Trilogy, Remember Me Trilogy

10. Lois Lowry

Writer | The Giver

Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Lois Ann Hammersberg. She is a writer, known for The Giver (2014), The Willoughbys and Alien Tales (1995). She was previously married to Donald Lowry.

The Giver, Number the Star

Walk Two Moons, Bloomabity, The Wanderer, Ruby Holler, Heartbeat, Replay

12. S.E. Hinton

Writer | The Outsiders

S.E. Hinton was born on July 22, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Susan Eloise Hinton. She is a writer and actress, known for The Outsiders (1983), Rumble Fish (1983) and Tex (1982). She has been married to David E. Inhofe since September 26, 1970. They have one child.

The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Tex

13. Eoin Colfer

Writer | Half Moon Investigations

Eoin Colfer was born on May 14, 1965 in Wexford, County Wexford, Ireland. He is a writer and actor, known for Half Moon Investigations (2009), Artemis Fowl (2020) and Poison Pen (2014). He has been married to Jackie Colfer since 1991. They have two children.

Artemis Fowl, The Wish List

14. Diana Wynne Jones

Writer | Hauru no ugoku shiro

While studying for her bachelor's degree at St. Anne's College at Oxford, she attended lectures by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Chrestomanci Series, Howl's Moving Castle



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