What are the best YA books written by teenage authors?

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    #1Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Billy Rogers
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "When it comes to the best of the best young adult books that were written by teenage authors, it's hard to top Anne Frank and her diary. Even if you know the 'ending,' it is an amazing book. "
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    #2The Outsiders

    The Outsiders
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about how Ponyboy Curtis saw life as one of the greasers, one of the people who does not belong in a regular society. This book has won a number of awards for its contribution to the young adult genre.

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    Jennifer Coleman
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Outsiders is a classic, full stop. The fact that S.E. Hinton was a teenager herself when she started writing this story of two rival gangs is almost unbelievable and certainly makes my teenage accomplishments pale in comparison. If you haven't read this book, read it now. If you have, you owe it to yourself to read it again."
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    #3I Am Malala

    I Am Malala

    In 2009 Malala Yousafzai started writing a blog on BBC Urdu about how life was in the Swat Valley during the Taliban control. In 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's bus to school and shot her in the face, but Malala survived, sparking solidarity across Pakistan and globally. 


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    Janice Payne
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I Am Malada is a haunting story of a young girl who was shot by Taliban and survived to tell her tale. She is a 16 year old Pakistan student who was not expected to survive her ordeal. But she did and she won the nobel prize for her bravery and determination."
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    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 


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    Kenneth Hamilton
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is a classic and a must read for all young adults. I have been reading it with my son and we both love the story. "
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    #5Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice

    Anonymously written, Go Ask Alice is a diary—which may be real or fictional— of a teenage girl who got sucked into a drug-filled world. This book chronicles her descent into addiction, as she takes to drugs to escape real life.


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    Michael Anderson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Go Ask Alice a book. People who like books about drugs and addiction may like this book."
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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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    Peter Wood
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is one of the few books I can think of written by a teenager, let alone a whole series. It is critically well received, and has a lot of fans all over the world, so the quality is there. It's not a complicated series, so the act of reading it is relatively simple, but you'll be engaged the whole time. You could do much worse than this book series."
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    #7The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

    The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
    The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, is a New York Times Bestselling romantic novel by Kody Keplinger. The novel-turned-movie was published by Poppy on September 7th, 2010.

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    Joseph Hunter
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A read about young people and some of the problems they face. This one is a little unusual in that it highlights weight problems among many others."
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    Obernewtyn is a young adult fantasy novel by Australian writer Isobelle Carmody. It is the first book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles, and it tells the story of Elspeth Gordie, a girl with unknown powers.


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    Jeremy Howell
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I was looking for some books to get my teenage daughter into reading and I ordered this and had it shipped to the house. She wasn't really into it at first, but once she started she really loved it. As it is written by a teenager as well, it really focuses on a lot of the issues kids are dealing with today. It really has the main character in a lot of different situations that would really seem familiar to a teenager. My daughter loved it so much, we will be buying these books in this series as they are released. A really great book."
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    #9The Icarus Girl

    The Icarus Girl

    The Icarus Girl is a 2005 psychological thriller by award-winning British author Helen Olajumoke Oyeyemi. It tells the story of an eight-year-old girl and TillyTilly, a girl who is only visible to her.


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    Mildred Gardner
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I absolutely love this book. It's deep, thrilling, and educational all at the same time. The tale of a disturbed 8 year old girl feels very realistic and sucks the reader in. The author's knowledge of Nigerian culture is shown through details that add authenticity to the story. I would recommend this book to readers of all genres. "
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    #10Halo (Halo Trilogy)

    Halo (Halo Trilogy)

    Halo is young adult fantasy novel written by Alexandra Adornetto when she was just 18. It is the first book in the Halo trilogy, and it tells the story of a young angel who was sent to Earth to do good and battle evil.


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    Lisa Xie
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book tried way too hard to be like Twilight. Which is upsetting because it, itself, is a really good book."
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    #11Promises Left for Dead

    Promises Left for Dead

    Promises Left for Dead is a debut novel written by Beckham Lawre and it was first published on July 12, 2018. This book follows the story of a 17-year old girl named Legacy Westbay and her struggles to prove her allegiance.



    Kitty Caldwell
    Written on December 24, 2018
    "Brand-new book written by Lawre when they were 14 and signed&published at age 17!"


Best What are the best YA books written by teenage authors
1Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 23 Paid
2The OutsidersBooks 20 Paid
3I Am MalalaBooks 20 Paid
4FrankensteinBooks 19 Paid
5Go Ask AliceBooks 17 Paid
6Eragon (Inheritance)Books 15 Paid
7The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendBooks 13 Paid
8ObernewtynBooks 12 Paid
9The Icarus GirlBooks 11 Paid
10Halo (Halo Trilogy)Books 9 Paid

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