Young Adult Series You Still Think About Today: A Reading List

fortress of mistThis round of the Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer.

Following Thomas’ conquest of Magnus, the young ruler must now lead his people into a new era – one which is sure to reveal dark forces at work behind the evil undercurrent that controlled Thomas’ kingdom for so long. Who will stand with Thomas to fight against the mysterious Druids? After being abandoned by Sir William, of his remaining “adopted family,” who can he trust? Can he trust either Katherine or Isabelle with his secrets-or his heart? 


In the latest round of Riot Recommendation, we asked you to shout out the YA series (or series you read as a young adult) that had real staying power, the ones you still think about and re-read today. There were a TON of responses from all over the genre board. Here’s a collection of all your recommendations from Facebook, Twitter, and the comments.



anything by Christopher Pike

Tamora Pierce’s Tortall and Alanna series

My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books

Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

Madeline L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time series

anything by Robin McKinley

anything by Judy Blume

Meg Cabot’s young adult books

Animorphs by K.A. Applegate

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin

Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series

The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

The Great Brain series by John D. Fitzgerald

The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Lois Lowry’s Giver series

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

The Tripod Trilogy by John Christopher

Goosebumps! by R.L. Stine

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven, Famous Five, and Adventurous Four series

R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series

The Little Women books by Louisa May Alcott

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

Edward Eager’s Tales of Magic

S.E. Hinton’s books (The Outsiders, Rumble Fish)

Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell

The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

Orson Scott Card’s Seventh Son series

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope

I Capture the Castle by Dotie Smith


What would you add?