The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors Revised First Edition is a ready reference source for teenagers looking for information about fiction writers for research papers or other reports. Those interested in learning about other titles by favorite writers or curious to find authors they may not be familiar with should also find this book handy. It may aid teachers in selecting authors for assignments or librarians in choosing titles for their shelves.
The compiler subscribes to the American Library Association designation of young adults as those in the age group twelve to eighteen, or attending junior high school and up. Publishers, bookstores, and librarians at times blur school grade and age lines in marketing or shelving young adult works. Readers, too, often ignore categories: After all, a good story is a good story, for any age.
Thus, a few of the authors presented in this book may hover at the sixth-grade end of the young adult range. Ann M. Martin and Betsy Byars, typically, write a lot for middle readers. This is balanced by the inclusion of a sampling of writers who intend their work for older readers but also are sought out by young adults. Among these are V. C. Andrews, Piers Anthony, Stephen King, and Anne McCaffrey.
The book could easily have included 200 authors. Selections were made with guidance from more than a dozen librarians, writers, and booksellers across the country, and with suggestions from the publisher. With a few exceptions, the emphasis is on authors who are very much active in the 1990s.
Louisa May Alcott, Jack London, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Mark Twain are from an earlier generation of writers and are included because of the continued popularity of their books, the universality of their themes, and recent adaptations of some of their works into movies or television programs.
J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, inspired a generation of fantasy and young adult writers.