“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C.S. Lewis

We have never been embarrassed to share our love of YA Fiction! We have put together a list of some of our all-time favourites from a range of different genres to help you find your next read. If you’re favourite isn’t on the list, leave us a comment below.

All books can be borrowed via the Wollongong City Libraries catalogue.

1. The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

What’s it about? It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and will become busier still. These are dangerous times. When Leisel’s foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Leisel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

Top Quote: “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

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2. Hunger Games Series

Author: Susan Collins

What’s it about? In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.

Top quote: “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favour.”

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3.The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green

What’s it about? Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to re-examine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Top quote: “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

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The Fault in our stars

4.Chaos Walking Trilogy

(First book: The Knife of Never Letting Go)

Author: Patrick Ness

What’s it about? Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans…

Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run…

Top quote: “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.”

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Chaos Walking

5.The Perks of being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

What’s it about? Follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Top quote: “We accept the love we think we deserve.” 

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6. Harry Potter Series

(First book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)

Author: J.K. Rowling

What’s it about? Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Top quote: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

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7. The Giver

Author: Lois Lowry

What’s it about? This haunting story centres on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colourless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he’s given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

Top quote: “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

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8. His Dark Materials

(First book: The Northern Lights)

Author: Philip Pullman

What’s it about? When Lyra’s friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, set off to find him. They are led to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies – and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about.

Top quote: “That’s what you are. Argue with anything else, but don’t argue with your own nature.”

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Northern Lights

9. Inheritance series

(First book: Eragon)

Author: Christopher Paolini

What’s it about? When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands…

Top quote: “It’s amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this book survives, his ideas live.”

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10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon

What’s it about? Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically gifted, autistic boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbour’s dog and uncovers secrets about his mother.

Top quote: “I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them”

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time