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Best-ever UKYA novels? Nominate your favourite now!

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Have you seen NPR’s list of the 100 Best-Ever Teen novels?

It’s an interesting list – fairly well-balanced genre-wise, if a little weighted toward books released in the last few years – and there’s even some UKYA on there.

But since celebrating teen fiction by UK authors is what we do, we thought it might be nice if we compiled a list of the 100 best-ever British teen novels… and we’d like you to nominate your favourites.  

Because we run a regular Top 10 favourites features, we’d like you to limit your nominations to 10, but that’s the maximum – there’s no minimum, so if you want to rave about just one book, that’s fine. 

Simply leave a comment with your name and your choices.

(NB: the author needs to be British or have been based in the UK for a long time. And the book should be YA. I assume that, as with the NPR list, we’ll end up debating what makes a book YA…)

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Author: K

YA writer. Voracious reader. Feminist. Home educator. Addicted to tea and Twitter.

91 thoughts on “Best-ever UKYA novels? Nominate your favourite now!

  1. Let’s get the ball rolling! It’s hard because so many UKYA authors are my friends, so I shall simply nominate the book that got me into YA, and that is Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman. I thank you xxx

  2. I adore Hollow Pike by James Dawson, because it is terrifyingly captivating and the author has an inimitable and talented eye for detail, as he describes every scene in his book in unnerving depth. The plot is unique and modern, yet, he somehow adds in a historic twist. For all these reasons and more, I think Hollow Pike by James Dawson should be in the top 100.

  3. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

  4. My nom would be: “A Little Love Song” by Michelle Magorian (who is a total heroine of mine). Beautiful poetic, heartbreaking and one that gets me every time.

  5. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling and Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt

  6. I love Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis. It’s set in the Australian Outback which I have no experience of but it touched my heart. I believed in those characters, shared in their joys and felt for them when life seemed unfair. It has a style of writing that perfectly suits it’s setting: frank sparse text and hardened yet humourous characterisation. It takes armchair travelling to a new extreme. I was lucky enough to get hold of a signed copy recently and I’m never giving it away!

  7. Night School by CJ Daugherty. Probably my favourite YA debut of 2012 so far. I love how it captures the feel of paranormal without actually being paranormal. An awesome book.

  8. Definitely Diary of a Crush by Sarra Manning for me! Oh, Dylan ❤

  9. Looking for JJ – Anne Cassidy
    His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

  10. A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge- beautiful writing, challenges ideas and perceptions. I second James’s vote for Noughts and Crosses, too.

  11. I second Diary of a Crush by Sarra Manning and Night School by CJ Daugherty. I’d also include the His Dark Materials series (OBVIOUSLY), Hollow Pike by James Dawson.

    • Another Keris! I’ve never met one with the same spelling.

      (I tried to reply to this before, but it didn’t work I don’t think…)

      • I was thinking the same thing! nice to meet another one…

        Of course I thought of a dozen more I could nominate after these, but in addition to Night School, Hollow Pike & Diary of a Crush, could I also add Torn by Cat Clarke and Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman? I love them all.

        Keep up the good work, etc.

        Kxx

  12. Firebrand Gillian Philip, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and Exposure by Mal Peet.

  13. His Dark Materials- Philip Pullman
    Noughts and Crosses – Marolie Blackman
    torn – cat clarke
    My sword hand is singing – marcus sedgwick
    Shadows on the moon – zoe marriott
    ash mistry – sarwat chadda
    Adrian Mole, Aged 13 and 3/4 by Sue Townsend
    rockoholic – c.j.skuse
    geekhood – andy robb (yer yer shut up you lot.)
    Della Says OMG: Keris Stainton

  14. ‘When I was Joe’ and ‘Almost True’ by Keren David, wonderful debut novels by a fabulous writer.

  15. Can I just link you to my top ten on this site or is that cheating?! haha, actually I want to change a couple so in no particular order…

    1. Harry Potter – JK Rowling
    2. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
    3. Looking for JJ – Anne Cassidy
    4. The Opposite of Chocolate – Julie Bertagna
    5. Adorkable – Sarra Manning
    6. Heart Shaped Bruise – Tanya Byrne
    7. Forbidden – Tabatha Suzuma
    8. Shadows on the Moon – Zoe Marriott
    9. Emma <3's LA – Keris Stainton
    10. Entangle – Cat Clarke

  16. You against me by Jenny Downham or Diary of a Snob by Grace Dent. Both very different but great for hooking teenage readers(I work in a library).

  17. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
    Entangled by Cat Clarke
    Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson
    One Seriously Messed Up Week in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson
    Geekhood by Andy Robb
    The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
    Screwed by Joanna Kenrick
    Slam by Nick Hornby
    Doing It by Melvin Burgess
    Before I Die by Jenny Downham

  18. Beads, Boys and Bangles by Sophia Bennett
    Torn by Cat Clarke
    Almost True by Keren David
    The Twice-Lived Summer of Bluebell Jones by Susie Day
    Kiss Date Love Hate by Luisa Plaja
    Adorkable by Sarra Manning
    Nearly Departed by Rook Hastings
    Slam by Nick Hornby
    Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
    Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

  19. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
    You Against Me by Jenny Downham
    Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
    Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
    Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
    Being Billy by Phil Earle
    Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
    When I Was Joe by Keren David
    Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

  20. The first 2 Adrian Mole books. Do they come as a pair? If not, Growing Pains just has the edge

  21. Hollow Pike by James Dawson
    Department 19 by Will Hill
    Entangled by Cat Clarke
    Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
    Shift by Kim Curran
    The Declaration by Gemma Malley
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    (and from the first few chapters of it) Geekhood by Andy Robb

  22. Jane Gardam’s “Bilgewater”

  23. and Diana Wynne Jones “Fire and Hemlock”

  24. Total agony trying to choose 10. I could do at least three lists of ten. But after much self-negotiation, this is what I’ve got:

    Harry Potter (duh)
    Discworld series Terry Pratchett
    CHAOS WALKING trilogy by Patrick Ness
    Skellig by David Almond
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
    Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (this book does not get enough love in the UK)
    How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
    The Wind Singer series by William Nicholson
    Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
    Pirates by Celia Rees

  25. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness) and Looking for JJ (Anne Cassidy).

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  27. Harry Potter Series – J K Rowling
    The Knife of never letting go – Patrick Ness

    I’ve just come to a horrible realisation that I don’t read nearly enough British YA (Don’t worry I will put this horrible injustice right)

  28. DARK PARTIES – Sara Grant
    THE GLIMPSE – Claire Merle
    SLATED – Teri Terry

    HARRY POTTER – J.K. Rowling (of course)

  29. Lots of my favourites are already here – Jenny Downham, Cat Clarke, Sarra Manning, Meg Rosoff, Patrick Ness, Gemma Malley, Andy Robb – but will throw in the following:

    Abby McDonald – Life Swap
    Jacqueline Wilson – Girls Under Pressure
    Adele Geras – Watching the Roses (or any of the other Egerton Hall books)
    Mary Hooper – Megan

  30. You Against me by Jenny Downham
    Before I Die by Jenny Downham
    The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
    His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

  31. Had a quick look through the comments and some of my favourites have already been nominated, so I’ll only add one more, as my mind has gone a bit embarrassingly blank:-

    The Owl Service by Alan Garner – the only one of his books I’ve read that I’d actually fight to say is YA rather than children’s.

  32. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (amazing. The second two, less so, but this one was perfection)
    The Day of the Triffids (sod it, I know it’s not technically YA, but it’s what I read when YA didn’t exist as a formal category, so I’m counting it, so there!) by John Wyndham
    The Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher (not sure if this is YA or not but see above)
    The Knife of Never Letting go by Patrick Ness (the first book to make me physically cry in about ten years)
    Good Omens by Neil Gaiman (again, potential category error, but that book shaped my early teenagerhood like no other)

    Basically, I only really think stuff published recently can count as YA, as I didn’t read/experience books as that when I was a teenager. But I wanted to give props to the books that really spoke to me as a teenager.

  33. I’m probably going to leave off some very obvious ones which have already had several mentions. And I’m including series as one. In no particular order . . .

    Flour Babies – Anne Fine
    Diary of a Crush series – Sarra Manning
    Georgia Nicholson series – Louise Rennison
    Lottie Biggs series – Hayley Long
    Diary of a Chav series – Grace Dent
    Junk – Melvin Burgess
    Candy – Kevin Brooks
    Broken Soup – Jenny Valentine
    Sugar Rush – Julie Burchill
    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and 3/4 – Sue Townsend

  34. My 10 choices are based on UK books that I read between the ages 12-18 and marked as Excellent. I didn’t add many more comments than that at the time so I can’t really expand on the criteria that I used back then. Also, my teen reading was heavily weighted to the USA:

    1. Sadlers Wells series – Lorna Hill
    2. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
    3. Voices on the Wind – Evelyn Anthony
    4. The Triple Echo – HE Bates
    5. The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth
    6. The Last Frontier – Alistair Maclean
    7. Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer
    8. Adam Bede – George Eliot
    9. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    10. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

  35. The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
    Chocolate S.O.S by Sue Limb
    Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
    Kiss, Date, Love, Hate by Luisa Plaja
    Jessie ❤ NYC by Keris Stainton
    Almost True by Keren David
    Megan by Mary Hooper
    Summer's Dream by Cathy Cassidy
    Million Dollar Mates by Cathy Hopkins

  36. Diary of a Crush, Sarra Manning
    Junk, Melvin Burgess
    How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
    Lucas, Kevin Brooks
    The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Louise Rennison
    Stolen, Lucy Christopher
    Forbidden, Tabitha Suzuma
    David, Mary Hoffman
    Skin Deep, Laura Jarratt
    Blood Red Road, Moira Young

  37. Snow White, Blood Red by Marcus Sedgewick
    For anyone who loved Swallows and Amazons as a child, it is enriching to get a view of the back story behind Ransombe’s ‘other’ life.

  38. Can I add Flambards and Pennington’s Seventeenth Summer both by K M Peyton?

  39. My choices are:
    Skellig- David Almond
    Let’s Get Lost- Sarra Manning
    Heart-Shaped Bruise-Tanya Byrne
    Torn-Cat Clarke
    Hollow Pike-James Dawson
    Noughts and Crosses-Malorie Blackman
    Tag-Michael Coleman (to be honest this may be more high MG/early YA, not sure, but I loved it when I read it when I was younger)
    You Against Me-Jenny Downham
    The Knife Of Never Letting Go-Patrick Ness
    A Little Love Song- Michelle Magorian (Arguably one of her more YA novels and wonderful. I would also say A Spoonful of Jam, but that may be younger than YA.)

  40. Oh I’ve just remembered another one – Bloodtide by Melvin Burgess. Genius reinterpretation of the Volsung saga as dystopian sci fi.

    And I give a second nom to Adrian Mole, had forgotten that!

  41. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
    Hollow Pike by James Dawson
    Dreams by Dani Sacerdoti
    Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton
    15 Days Without A Head by Dave Cousins
    Unrest by Michelle Harrison
    Shadows On The Moon by Zoe Marriott
    Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
    The Glimpse by Clare Merle
    The Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

  42. OMG! I just realised I completely forgot Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson! This book must be on the list.

  43. Harry Potter series – J K Rowling
    His Dark Materials trilogy – Phillip Pullman
    Across the Nightingale Floor – Lian Hearne (born British though I think now lives in Australia?)
    Geekhood – Andy Robb
    The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
    Shadows on the Moon – Zoe Marriott
    The Girl in the Mask – Marie-Louise Jensen

  44. My ones are:
    Slated by Teri Terry
    Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
    The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
    A Witch In Love by Ruth Warburton
    The Harry Potter series – J K Rowling

  45. Brand new talent C.J. Daugherty, author of NIGHT SCHOOL – the first in an epic five book YA thriller series where the talented students of Cimmeria Academy are trained to become the next generations of leaders in the political, corporate and legal worlds. Also, S.B. Hayes’ POISON HEART, a psyhological suspense novel where a girl’s life is literally torn apart by a new student at college, which leads to an investigation into the perpetrator’s past.

  46. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    My Name is Mina by David Almond
    The Glimpse by Claire Merle
    Dear Dylan by Siobhan Curham
    The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen
    The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant
    The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith
    How to Keep a Boy as a Pet by Diane Messidoro
    Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind by Andy Robb

  47. Set in Stone by Linda Newbery
    Life ane xploded diagram by Mal Peet
    A Gathering LIght by Jennifer Donnelly
    Flambards/Pennington’s 17th summer by KM Peyton
    The house in Norham Gardens by Penelope Lively
    They do things differently there by Jan Mark
    Wheels of War by Sally Prue
    and lots of others I could add of course, but will stop at these.

  48. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling,
    His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
    The Kingdom of Gems by Jasper Cooper (not sure if it’s YA or younger)

  49. Dirty Work – Julia Bell
    Kiss Date Love Hate – Luisa Plaja
    Hexwood – Diana Wynne Jones
    Waves – Sharon Dogar
    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 – Sue Townsend
    Adorkable – Sarra Manning
    Threads – Sophia Bennett
    Finding Violet Park – Jenny Valentine
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
    A Midsummer Night’s Death – KM Peyton

    (This is so hard!)

  50. Pennington’s Seventeenth Summer by K M Peyton was the book I remember most from my own teen reading
    The Sally Lockhart series by Philip Pullman – even better than His Dark materials in my opinion
    Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
    When I Was Joe by Keren David
    Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
    Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve
    Casson Family series by Hilary McKay

    So many great books I could go on and on …

  51. Only 10? Argh, how to choose…? OK then, here goes:

    The Witness by James Jauncey
    Rockaholic by CJ Skuse
    The Shell House by Linda Newbery
    VIII by HM Castor
    Saving Daisy by Phil Earle
    My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
    Slated by Teri Terry
    At Yellow Lake by JB McLoughlin
    Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
    Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

  52. Some of my big faves (Patrick Ness, Philip Reeve, Philip Pullman) are already nominated, so here are some more:

    Watchers at the Shrine ~ Jean Ure
    Children of the Dust ~ Louise Lawrence
    Incarceron ~ Catherine Fisher
    Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging ~ Louise Rennison
    Blood Red Road ~ Moira Young (born in Canada, but based in the UK…can we have this one?)
    Troy ~ Adele Geras
    The Sterkarm Handshake ~ Susan Price (bit of a weird one. No teenage characters per se but it’s definitely not a children’s book, nor an adults’ book…)

  53. Being Billy and Saving Daisy by Phil Earle
    Advent – James Treadwell
    Black Heart Blue – Louisa Reid
    Heart Shaped Bruise – Tanya Byrne
    Flip – Martyn Bedford
    Velvet – Mary Hooper

  54. I pick
    – The Choas Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
    -Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    -Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson
    -Fated by Sarah Alderson
    – Emma <3's LA by Keris Stainton
    -You Against Me by Jenny Downham
    – Torn by Cat Clarke
    -His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
    – Night School by CJ Daugherty
    -Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

  55. I forgot to put Finding Sky & Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling! 🙂

  56. I hope it’s OK if I nominate some of my old favourites as well as more recent books I’ve enjoyed. In no particular order:
    The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard (the whole Kevin and Sadie series is good, but I’m nominating this one because it’s the first.)
    Drawing with Light by Julia Green
    You Against Me by Jenny Downham
    Not Dressed Like That You Don’t! by Yvonne Coppard
    Falling Apart by Jacqueline Wilson (I don’t much care for Jacqueline WIlson’s current books for younger readers but years ago she wrote several much darker books for teens, now all out of print, which I loved.)
    Apples by Richard Milward
    Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
    Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
    A Little Love Song by Michelle Magorian

  57. My favourite UK YA author is Patrick Ness because his books are always amazing. Following closely behind would have to be Meg Rosoff because her stories are so unique and interesting.

  58. This is so hard! And there are books waiting for me to read them that probably deserve to be here too! Anyway, from those I’ve actually read, here’s a top 10 (in no particular order):

    Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman
    The Owl Service by Alan Garner
    Della Says OMG! by Keris Stainton
    Hollow Pike by James Dawson
    The Wee Free Men (and whole Tiffany Aching series) by Terry Pratchett
    Firebrand by Gillian Philip
    When I Was Joe by Keren David
    Fifteen Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins
    This Is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees
    Velvet by Mary Hooper

  59. 1) Kiss, Date, Love, Hate – Luisa Plaja (anything by Luisa really)
    2) Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling.
    3) Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma
    4) Noughts and Crosses series – Malorie Blackman
    5) Junk – Melvin Burgess
    6) Eddie Savage series – Peter Cocks
    7) Candy – Kevin Brooks
    8) Jessie <3's NYC – Keris Stainton
    9) The Wardstone Chronicles – Joseph Delaney
    10) The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

  60. Midshipman Hornblower, still one of the best. C.S. Forester
    The Ruby in the Smoke, Philip Pullman
    The Owl Service, Alan Garner
    The Silver Sword, Ian Serraillier
    The Coot Club, Arthur Ransome
    Biggles Learns to Fly, W.E. Johns
    The 39 Steps, John Buchan
    Bulldog Drummond, Sapper
    Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
    Treasure Island R.L. Stevenson

  61. Finding Sky by Joss Stirling
    And
    Firebrand by Gillian Philip

  62. 1. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman are amazing and changed my life forever.
    2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness/Siobhan Dowd is so beautiful it makes me cry.
    3. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher.
    4. The GONE series by Michael Grant are superb.
    5. Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough is one of the scariest books I know.
    6. Harry Potter, whilst not really YA, is still shiny as ever.
    7. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkein
    8. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
    9. The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner
    10. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

    Glad to see so much love for Pullman’s trilogy. Best books I’ve ever read.

  63. When I was Joe’ and ‘Almost True’ by Keren David amazing characters, fast paced and believable.

  64. Keren David’s exciting When I was Joe trilogy is compulsive reading and cracking fun. Love it.

  65. Harry Potter series is a no-brainer, really.

    When I Was Joe – Keren David

    Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery – Keren David

    C.H.E.R.U.B. Series – Robert Muchamore

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

    Grow Up – Ben Brooks (probably my favourite UK YA book)

    Blood Ties – Sophie McKenzie

    I’m going to hope that the next one is UK, if not, then ignore it!
    The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

    And even though I dislike the author because he can be rude, but:
    The Enemy – Charlie Higson

    I just wish John Green and Stephen Chbosky were UKYA, but these are top-class authors with top-class books out!

  66. Mine are ( in no particular order):
    A Gathering Light – Jennifer Donnelly
    Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman
    I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
    The Greengage Summer – Rumer Godden
    Pirates – Celia Rees
    The Hunger Games trilogy – Suzanne Collins
    His Dark Materials trilogy – Philip Pullman
    Skellig – David Almond
    Between Shades of Grey – Ruta Sepetys
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

    Very hard to choose!

  67. The Owl Service by Alan Garner
    The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
    Life – an Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
    A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

  68. You Against Me by Jenny Downham
    Before I Die by Jenny Downham
    The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
    Incarceron trilogy by Catherine Fischer
    Blood Red Road by Moira Young
    Numbers trilogy by Rachel Ward
    Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
    The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan

  69. 13th Horseman – Barry Hutchison
    Rowan the Strange – Julie Hearn
    The Angel Collector – Bali Rai
    Wereworld: Rise of the Wold – Curtis Jobling
    Hattori Hachi: Revenge of Praying Mantis – Jane Prowse
    Hero.com / Villain.net – Andy Briggs
    Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
    Peace Weavers – Julia Jarman
    Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide – William Hussey
    Ways to Live Forever – Sally Nicholls

  70. The dark is rising – Susan Cooper
    101 Dalmatians – Dodie Smith
    Grinny – Nicholas Fisk
    Harry’s Mad – Dick King-Smith
    Jennie – Paul Gallico
    The Weirdstone of Bresingamen(?sp) – Alan Garner
    Swallows and Amazons series – Arthur Ransome
    The Hobbit – JRR Tolkein
    The Greengage Summer – Rumer Godden
    The Children of Green Knowe – Lucy Boston

  71. Have just realised I’ve had a total blonde moment and missed the Union Jacks all over the blog. I’ve only gone and included 3 non UK authors in my top ten! So to replace Ruta Sepetys, Suzanne Collins and Jennifer Donnelly (who are all mighty fine) can I have Susan Cooper – The Dark Is Rising, Kevin Brooks – Lucas and and Catherine McPhail – Roxy’s Baby. Ta!

  72. I am assuming that YA books which are also classics can be included in the list 🙂 These are my favourite UK YA books.

    (1) Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
    (2) Treasure Island by R.L.Stevenson
    (3) The Amulet of Samarkhand by Jonathan Stroud
    (4) Walkabout by James Vance Marshall
    (5) The Gates by John Connolly
    (6) The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
    (7) The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

  73. I can’t believe I missed these! They should also go into the list.

    (8) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
    (9) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis

  74. Yes, Night School by CJ Daugherty for me too. That book ROCKED MY WORLD.

  75. For me it would definately have to be:
    Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
    Clash by Colin Mulhern ( I just finished this one and it was amazing, literally could not put it down)
    Pirates by Celia Rees (had almost forgotten this one)
    Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (a classic!)

  76. Cherub series by Robert Muchamore

  77. 1. The Sterkarm Handshake by Susan Price
    2. Corbenic by Catherine Fisher
    3. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
    4. Firebrand by Gillian Philip
    5. Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty
    6. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
    7. The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
    8. Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay
    9. Lucas by Kevin Brooks
    10. Follow Me Down by Julie Hearn

  78. 1. Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks
    2. Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
    3. Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie
    4. The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
    5. What I Was by Meg Rossoff
    6. Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie
    7. Lucas by Kevin Brooks
    8. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
    9. Adrian Mole Ages 13 & 3/4 by Sue Townsend
    10. Skelling by David Almond

  79. In alphabetical order:

    Deerskin by Robin McKinley
    Della Says OMG! by Keris Stainton
    Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper
    Frostfire by Zoe Marriott
    Harry Potter by J K Rowling
    Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Bryne
    Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
    Stardust by Neil Gaiman
    Sunshine by Robin McKinley
    The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-time by Mark Haddon

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  81. SO HARD TO PICK JUST TEN! I’m gonna go with…
    Nobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning
    Rain by Kate Le Vann
    Before I Die by Jenny Downham
    Falling by Sharon Dogar
    Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
    Threads by Sophia Bennett
    Entangled by Cat Clarke
    Lucas by Kevin Brooks
    Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton
    Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

    I left out the obvious ones like (Mates, Dates series, The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Noughts and Crosses & Harry Potter series).

  82. My picks are…

    His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
    Guitar Girl – Sarra Manning
    Night School – CJ Daugherty

    Thanks!

  83. How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff

    Favourite YA book of all time.

  84. We love
    How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
    The Declaration by Gemma Malley
    The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
    Threads by Sophia Bennett

  85. Alright, I tried to leave a comment weeks ago but I don’t think it worked. ARGH!

    Hopefully this will go through.

    Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings by Sophia Bennett
    The Big Woo by Susie Day (serafina67 in the US… at least I think Big Woo is the UK title)
    How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff