What are the best science fiction and fantasy books for young adults?

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    #1The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    #2Artemis Fowl

    Artemis Fowl
    When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
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    Carmen Mercado
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is how you get your young male tween to read! It is a bit of science fiction and a lot of fantasy. There are many books in the series, so the reading enjoyment can continue for quite a while! "
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    #3Graceling (Graceling Realm)

    Graceling (Graceling Realm)
    Graceling is a book by Kristin Cashore that tells a story about Katsa. She is smart and beautiful who lives in the Seven Kingdoms where people are born with Grace. She was blessed with killing grace but thing changed when she met Po.
     
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    Joe Hart
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Science fiction is alive and well. Graceling is a dabbling attempt in the genre."
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    #4Fablehaven

    Fablehaven

    Fablehaven is the first book in Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series. Published by Shadow Mountain on June 14, 2006, Fablehaven is about Kendra and her brother Seth and their quest to save Fablehaven.

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    Luis Alberto Galván
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A fun fantasy world story. Delightful and excellent, action-packed end to the series."
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    #5Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

    Mockingjay is the third installment in The Hunger Games Trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is the final chapter of Katniss Everdeen in her revolution against the capitol as she serves to be the rebels' Mockingjay.

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    Guadalupe Morales
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I love The Hunger Games series of books. I found the final chapter in the series very engaging and hard to put down. This book is a great read and a fitting end to the series."
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    #6Eragon (Inheritance)

    Eragon (Inheritance)
    Eragon is the first book in the best selling tetralogy, Inheritance Cycle. The book tells the story of the 15-year-old farm boy Eragon, and how his discovery of a dragon's egg led to a world of action and adventure.  
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    Brenda Barnes
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Loved this book. It's great for anyone that loves dragons and has an imagination."
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    #7The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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    Lauren Turner
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The story is quite good. I love the themes and the characters; it's really fun fantasy storytelling and made me go back to read the entire series in publication order. Really glad I read it. "
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    #8The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)

    The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)
    The Golden Compass is the first book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, and mainly centers on Lyra and her adventures to find her missing friend Roger and her captured uncle, Asriel.
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    Richard Fernandez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this one. It was intriguing all the way through. I can't wait for the next one."
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    #9Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The story revolves around Harry Potter's sixth year in Hogwarts. Their class learned to apparate and Harry found a book that helped him in his potions class. More adventures and mysteries await him.
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    Sandra Valenzuela
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "If you're looking for a classic science fiction/fantasy book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a must read. The Harry Potter series in general is very well written and this one does not disappoint. The plot and readability are perfect!"
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    #10The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 
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    Cynthia Berry
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief is a great choice if you are into science fiction and fantasy. Percy is immersed in the realization that he's part of the God family and everything depends on him!"
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    #11The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    The Fellowship of the Ring is the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic series, The Lord of the Rings. It was originally published in Great Britain in 1954 and has been adapted into a world-famous film.
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    Angela Stanley
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love to read about lord of the rings! This would be nice!"
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    #12The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    Battle of the Labyrinth, the fourth book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, is centered on how Percy and his demigod friends braved a vast and dangerous maze to save Camp Half-Blood from an expected attack from the Titan Kronos. 

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    Daniel Cruz
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "If you're a fan of Harry Potter or Pan's Labyrinth, I think you will enjoy the Percy Jackson series. The story in my opinion is top notch and the characters have a lot of development. Every reader will have a great time with this one."
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    #13World of Warcraft: Stormrage

    World of Warcraft: Stormrage

    World of Warcraft: Stormrage story plot is about how the titans made Azeroth a magnificent place that it is today. The Emerald Dream is like the duplicate of Azeroth with the same perfectly shaped land and seas.

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    Julie Palmer
    Written on April 5, 2018
    " World of Warcraft: Stormrage was one of the best sci-fi/fantasy books for young adults and I had picked it up for my cousin who is in love with those kinds of books. He adores the series and the game so it was right up his alley. He liked it, but said the writing was a little bad for the series."
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    #14Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is a humor and fantasy fiction novel first published in 1964. This book tells the story of Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and five lucky children who got an entry ticket for a tour.

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    Emma Howell
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "A true classic. The depth of story and characters is truly one of a kind. The author brings the chocolate factory to life for the reader. "
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    #15Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry potter series. The story revolves around how Harry get past through Lord Voldemort once again. The quidditch cup is also happening and Harry will make sure he will see it. 
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    Wayne Morgan
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The fourth entry into JK Rowlings classic wizardry tale, Harry Potter has endured various trials and tribulations at Hogwarts, but this year is special because an unlikely forgotten family member has written Harry and wants to meet him for the first time. The book is imaginative, fantastical and lively in bringing to life the characters and settings and the continuation of this saga leaves much more to be expected."
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    #16Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The third installment in Harry Potter book series. The story revolves around the adventures of Harry Potter. He also discovered all about Sirius Balck and his parents. 

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    Frank Rice
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I think this is one of the best Harry Potter books. It's a fun read and I love how his story is developing. I think the series really hit its stride in this one."
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    #17The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride)

    The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride)

    The Angel Experiment is the first book in the science fiction series Maximum Ride written by James Patterson which follows Max Ride and her best friends gifted with amazing powers running for their lives.

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    George Ford
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is exactly what I was looking for! It was thrilling and exciting from cover to cover. It definitely covered the sci-fi need I was craving. I can't wait to check out more from this author!"
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    #18The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus )

    The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus )

    The Amulet of Samarkand is a fantasy young adult fiction written by Jonathan Stroud as the first book in the Bartimaeus series. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Hyperion Books for Children.

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    Ronald Mendez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a really fun book, supported but all the great reviews and high ranking. And the best part is if you like this book there are 3 more in the series to keep you entertained."
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    #19Sky in the Deep

    Sky in the Deep

    Sky in the Deep is a young adult fantasy novel written by Adrienne Young. It will be published in April 2018 by Wednesday Books. 

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    Angel Pillai
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I want to get my nephew a science fiction or fantasy novel for his birthday, and was looking for some choices of the best titles out there. This book has an intriguing ploy, but I notice that it is a new release so I'm wondering if it's really been out there long enough to have been read by enough people to achieve a rating like "best." On the other hand, those that have read it liked it pretty well so overall I think this has strong possibilities. "
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    #20Fearful Symmetry (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Fearful Symmetry (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Fearful Symmetry by Olivia Woods is a science fiction and adventure novel originally published in 2008. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. This book follows the story of the Cardassian agent - Iliana Ghemor.

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    Jorge Luis Núñez
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The whole sleeper agent plot just seems like it's been done to death at this point. While DS9 is my favorite of the Treks, because of how dark it got, this just doesn't bring anything new to the table. Though, for surgical alterations, Discovery really picked up from where DS9 left off!"
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    #21Ultraviolet

    Ultraviolet

    Ultraviolet is a paranormal science fiction book written by R. J. Anderson. This young adult novel is the first book in Ultraviolet series published in 2011 by Orchard. 

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    Susana Arreola
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I found this book to be interesting and one that you want to finish before you put it down. Alison is a great character you will come to love. It is a great science fiction and fantasy book for young adults and older adults who likes psychological interesting stories. "
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    #22The Never Ending Sacrifice (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Never Ending Sacrifice (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Never Ending Sacrifice by Una McCormack is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2009. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. It follows the story of Rugal Pa'Dar.

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    Gregory Hunter
    Written on April 12, 2018
    " The Never Ending Sacrifice is perfect for those who want to dive in scifi and fantasy. Star Trek is already a very popular series and the series will be popular among adults. The series is based on the principles of Star Trek and is off shoot into many stories that have been officially approved. The writer does a good job of painting a strong setting of space while displaying meaningful struggles among the characters without losing track of scifi. "
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    #23Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe)

    Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe)

    Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman is a science fiction novel originally published in January 2018. This young adult book belongs to Shusterman's Arc of a Scythe series. It is preceded by Scythe in 2016.

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    Bryan Brewer
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Arc of a Scythe is an incredible series I've spent some time reading in the past. The newest entry is definitely worth checking out, whether you know the series or if you're looking to get into a new fantasy groove. Aimed at young adults, it's great for readers of any age!"
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    #24Sacraments of Fire (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Sacraments of Fire (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Sacraments of Fire by David R. George III is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2015. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. 

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    Linda Sanchez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Sacramets of Fire is familiar because it is part of the Star Trek world, but by no means is it among the best sci-fi fantasy books for young adults. With so many excellent options in the genre, this comes up more underwhelming and somewhat outdated than you would hope."
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    #25The Left Hand of Destiny 1 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Left Hand of Destiny 1 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Left Hand of Destiny by J.G Hertzler and Jeffrey Lang is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2003. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Adam Curtis
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book should only be considered by serious young Star Trek Deep Space Nine fans. The problem is , I'm not sure that they exist because DS9 is such an old show at this point. As a stand alone science fiction novel , this book is not great."
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    #26The November Girl

    The November Girl

    The November Girl is a romantic fantasy and adventure novel written for young adults written by Lydia Kang. It was originally published in November 2017. It is about a magical teenage girl who fell in love with a runaway boy.

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    Brandon Mills
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "good but no where near the best"
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    #27The Shrinking Man

    The Shrinking Man

    The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson is a speculative science fiction novel originally published in 1956 by the Gold Medal Books. This book has two film adaptations released in 1957 and 1981 by the Universal Pictures.

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    Frances Perez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Shrinking Man is a really great sci-fi/fantasy book for young adult readers. The book stood the test of time thanks to a medley of just the right fantasy/reality combos as to be enjoyable to generations both young and old. I read this book as a youngster myself and now share its gift of delight with my much younger grandchildren."
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    #28Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove)

    Practical Demonkeeping (Pine Cove)

    Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore is a humor comic fantasy and horror fiction novel originally published in 1992. This book belongs to Moore's Pine Cove series. It is followed by The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove.

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    Jeffrey Watkins
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I loved this book when I was younger. While I am a big fan of the classics, I am also a big lover of books that just go off the rails in terms of characters and their motivations. If you want a kid who wants to appeal to a more darker side of writing, this is 100% the book for them!!"
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    #29Rising Son (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Rising Son (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Rising Son by S.D Perry is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2002. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Rose Day
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This book ruined my perception of Star Trek! It started of great, but they twisted the story line and took it in a strange direction. Personally I would not recommend this to anyone!"
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    #30Unity (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Unity (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    Unity by S.D Perry is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2004. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Howard Peters
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "As a fan of the old Star Trek show and their recent movies I was looking for some more material to keep me occupied until the next installment in the movie series arrived. I found Unity from the Deep Space Nine novel series and have been buried nose deep in this book ever since. It's a great read for Science Fiction Readers of all ages but I would recommend it more for Star Trek Fans than non-fans."
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    #31A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    A Stitch in Time (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    A Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson is a space opera and military science fiction novel originally published in 2000. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series.

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    Lorenzo Mondragón
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "If you are a young adult looking for an interesting read this a pretty good novel. It is set in the Star trek universe and it has a really solid plot."
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    #32Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

    Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

    Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom is a science-fiction novel written by Cory Doctorow. This narrates the story of a young man who dreams of being a resident in Disney World. This was originally published in 2003.

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    Amy Foster
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is pretty good. The author did a good job. It was a little slow to get started. "
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    #33Aftershock (Acts of War)

    Aftershock (Acts of War)

    Aftershock is the second book in the science fiction and fantasy series for young adults, the Acts of War. It was published in July 2017. It is authored by Aeryn Rudel. It is about the climax of the war between Khadorans and Llaelese Resistance.

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    Catherine Hayes
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a good sequel to the first book. A good science fiction book for young adults, this book draws you in with its scenery and description, and then hook you with the characters. I really enjoyed reading this book. There were some grammatical errors, which did make it less enjoyable, but I still liked it. It flows well and I could follow the story all the way until the end. "
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    #34The Neptune Project

    The Neptune Project
    The Neptune Project is the first book in the science fiction series The Neptune Project written by Polly Holyoke which centers on Nere who feels more comfortable in the water than the land and finds out the truth behind it. 
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    Zhao Tang
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a great book, but I would not consider it YA. This is more of a children's book. I would put it in the 6 - 8 grade range, so 9 and up. That doesn't mean older people won't like it. The character is compelling, and kids will identify with her, but it is not on the level of Divergent or The Hunger Games."
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    #35The Soul Key (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Soul Key (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

    The Soul Key by Olivia Woods is a science fiction and adventury novel originally published in 2009. This novel belongs to the ongoing Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series. The Soul Key is the first ever Star Trek novel by Woods.

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    Edward Johnston
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I would look in other directions. The book is solid, but there are so many more with better stories."
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    #36Night's Black Agents

    Night's Black Agents

    Night's Black Agents by Fritz Leiber is a compilation of short stories on science fiction and fantasy. This book was published in 1947 best written for young readers for easy comprehension.

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    William Chapman
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "As I got more and more into the science fiction and fantasy niche found myself really interested in finding the best series that this genre had to offer. Night's Black Agents by Fritz Leiber was a pleasant surprise that I came across one day at the library. This book is one of the true classics in it's genre."
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    #37Tongues of Serpents

    Tongues of Serpents

    Tongues of Serpents is the sixth book in Naomi Novik's historical fiction and fantasy series for young adults, the Temeraire series. It was published in July 2010. It is about the dragon Temeraire and the England-France war.

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    Kenneth Tran
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "A dazzling blend of military history, high-flying fantasy, and edge-of-your-seat adventure, Naomi Novik’s Temeraire novels, set in an alternate Napoleonic era in which intelligent dragons have been harnessed as weapons of war, are more than just perennial bestsellers—they are a worldwide phenomenon. Now, in Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik is back, along with the dragon Temeraire and his rider and friend, Capt. Will Laurence."
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    #38The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events) is a picture book written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Brett Helquist. The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events) was published by HarperCollins Publishers.

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    Madison Bishop
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Everyone of the books from A Series of Unfortunate Events are the best reads. I have read all of them and this one is the best. I love the characters of Violet, Klaus and Sunny. Their adventures as they go yet again to a distant relatives house I found to be captivating, suspenseful and engaging all in one. And of course Count Olaf is up to his usual antics to get their money. A great book for young and old alike."
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    #39Swords And Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser)

    Swords And Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser)
    Swords And Deviltry is a heroic fantasy fiction and the first book in Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series by Fritz Leiber. It is first published in 1970. 
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    Louis Foster
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Swords And Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser) is a fiction book and first in a series. A compelling read, a good one for young adults and adults alike."

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Best What are the best science fiction and fantasy books for young adults
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Hunger GamesBooks 47 Paid
2Artemis FowlBooks 43 Paid
3Graceling (Graceling Realm) Books 41 Paid
4FablehavenBooks 39 Paid
5Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)Books 36 Paid
6Eragon (Inheritance)Books 34 Paid
7The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 33 Paid
8The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)Books 31 Paid
9Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceBooks 28 Paid
10The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)Books 26 Paid
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