YA books that are actually GOOD
We get it! You really, really love the Twilight books!! They're the best books you've ever read and you can't get enough! But here are some really great books you might not know about....
95 Into That Forest
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 549 ratings
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102 That Was Then, This is Now
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 18,145 ratings
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102 West with the Night
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 12,974 ratings
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102 The Return of the King (The...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 360,037 ratings
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102 Wings (Wings, #1)
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 52,643 ratings
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102 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 182,864 ratings
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102 Sea Hearts
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 2,343 ratings
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108 My Journey to Lhasa: The Cl...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 550 ratings
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108 Enchantress from the Stars ...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 2,077 ratings
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108 Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl,...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 281,662 ratings
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108 The Mysterious Benedict Soc...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 59,586 ratings
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108 Distant Waves
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,799 ratings
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113 The Far Side of Evil
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 327 ratings
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113 Endymion Spring
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 2,823 ratings
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113 Monstrous Beauty
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 2,715 ratings
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116 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 617,785 ratings
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116 The Amulet of Samarkand (Ba...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 73,614 ratings
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118 The Last Watch (Watch, #4)
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 7,699 ratings
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118 Shadow Spinner
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 4,527 ratings
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120 Chasing Vermeer (Chasing Ve...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 17,250 ratings
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121 Ghosts I Have Been (Blossom...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,329 ratings
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121 Cheaper by the Dozen
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 20,471 ratings
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123 Silksinger (Dreamdark, #2)
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 1,329 ratings
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123 Torment (Fallen, #2)
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 136,513 ratings
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123 A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkl...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 435,009 ratings
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126 Blackbringer (Dreamdark, #1)
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 3,262 ratings
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126 Pippi Longstocking
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 92,804 ratings
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128 Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 22,649 ratings
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128 The Adventures of Huckleber...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 832,555 ratings
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130 Jacob Have I Loved
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 19,709 ratings
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131 The Last Picture Show
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 8,062 ratings
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132 Winesburg, Ohio
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 17,157 ratings
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133 The Swiss Family Robinson
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 63,297 ratings
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134 The Book of Lost Things
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 34,534 ratings
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135 His Dark Materials (His Dar...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 79,147 ratings
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135 The Mudhen
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 9 ratings
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137 Michel Strogoff
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 3,218 ratings
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138 The Graveyard Book
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 210,938 ratings
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138 Scaramouche
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 4,321 ratings
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140 The Amber Spyglass (His Dar...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 153,924 ratings
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141 The Foundation Trilogy (Fou...
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 57,306 ratings
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141 Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 8,321 ratings
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143 Vamped
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 930 ratings
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144 Treasure Island
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 216,416 ratings
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145 Masada
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 241 ratings
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146 The Forty Days of Musa Dagh
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 393 ratings
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147 A Certain Slant of Light (L...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 14,762 ratings
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148 This Boy's Life
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 15,510 ratings
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149 Friday Night Lights: A Town...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 25,814 ratings
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150 Day Watch (Watch, #2)
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 12,448 ratings
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151 The Red Pony
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 33,615 ratings
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152 Circle of Friends
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 33,911 ratings
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153 The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 29,869 ratings
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154 A River Runs Through It and...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 15,433 ratings
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155 Something Wicked This Way C...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 51,070 ratings
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156 Cold Sassy Tree
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 62,472 ratings
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157 The Crimson Petal and the W...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 22,007 ratings
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158 A Girl Named Zippy
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 24,796 ratings
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159 Fluke: Or, I Know Why the W...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 27,386 ratings
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160 These Is My Words (Sarah Ag...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 40,531 ratings
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161 Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #3)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 20,760 ratings
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162 Steppenwolf
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 64,884 ratings
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163 A Son of the Circus
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 13,373 ratings
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164 The Tortilla Curtain
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 17,075 ratings
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165 A Separate Peace
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 127,413 ratings
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165 The Milagro Beanfield War
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 6,145 ratings
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167 Soon I Will Be Invincible
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 8,344 ratings
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168 One Thousand White Women: T...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 63,056 ratings
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168 Trutor & the Balloonist
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 14 ratings
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170 Captivity
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 63 ratings
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171 Of Marriageable Age
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 600 ratings
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172 The Speech of Angels
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 103 ratings
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173 An Awfully Big Adventure
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 460 ratings
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174 The Barrytown Trilogy: The ...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 2,078 ratings
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175 The Red Tent
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 344,349 ratings
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175 Cal
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 946 ratings
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177 World War Z: An Oral Histor...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 233,352 ratings
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178 Strawberry and Chocolate
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 61 ratings
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179 The Inhabited Woman
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,113 ratings
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180 The Glass Castle
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 467,810 ratings
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180 Murder Most Royal (Tudor Sa...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 2,703 ratings
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182 Texasville
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 2,910 ratings
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183 Joy in the Morning
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 4,040 ratings
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184 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 233,151 ratings
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185 Cry to Heaven
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 15,243 ratings
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186 American Gods (American God...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 310,945 ratings
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186 Krabat
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 5,065 ratings
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188 Finding Fish
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 2,006 ratings
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189 Emil and the Detectives
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 3,756 ratings
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190 Madita
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,717 ratings
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191 The Little Prince
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 467,641 ratings
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192 Oscar And The Lady In Pink
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 6,792 ratings
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192 books · 36 voters · list created January 17th, 2011 by Charlotte (votes) .
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message 1: by Derya (new)

Derya On the other hand, most of the books on the list are not YA novels. =)


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) But they should be accessible to YA readers, which is the main point it would seem -- and many of them were written in a time when "YA literature" as a genre didn't exist yet! :)


message 3: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Every boook I put on this list is a book I read as a young adult, or that my son read as a young adult. It seems to me that just about every contemporary book on most Goodreads list follow the same theme as the Twilight series - all poorly written romance genre scaled down to a palatably juvenile level. What if you were that age - and just starting to read and had no idea that some really good stuff was out there? What if you were combing through list after list of "great" books that always included Twilight and some other romance/horror combination series.
It just seemed fair to let such readers know there is a world full of good and great reads out there that do not necessarily include vampires.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I think everything I put on there is either stuff that is definitely marketed as YA, or I read myself and loved at that age.


message 5: by Lauren (new)

Lauren *rolls eyes, adds Megan Whalen Turner Books to list*
Seriously. How are these not on the list already?!


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