The Black Letters Top 10 YA Books

Below you will find Emera and Kakaner’s childhood favorites. We understand you can find these books easily on any Newbery Honors and Medal list, but we carefully chose what we believe to be the top 10 the YA genre has to offer based not only on literary merit, but also reread value, world immersion, and pure enjoyment. Enjoy =)

In alphabetical order by author:

  • Alice in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll [K|E]
  • Ella Enchanted (1997) by Gail Carson Levine [K|E]
  • The Phantom Tollbooth (1961) by Justin Norton [K|E]
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) by Robert C. O’Brien [K|E]
  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960) by Scott O’Dell [K|E]
  • Bridge to Terabithia (1977) by Katherine Paterson [K|E]
  • The Perilous Gard (1971) by Elizabeth Marie Pope [K|E]
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1958) by Elizabeth George Speare [K|E]
  • Maniac Magee (1990) by Jerry Spinelli [K|E]
  • Dealing with Dragons (1990) by Patricia Wrede [K|E]

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