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Popular Male Authors Who Write YA

After the recent article in The Atlantic about women dominating YA fiction, my mind couldn’t help but wander to the few but proud male authors who write for the tween and teen crowd. Although men don’t seem to be as widely dispersed in the YA writing world, they are not less prolific. I mean, hello, John Green is MAJOR.

The list I created is definitely not complete, so please help a girl out and tell me which popular male authors I forgot!

Popular Male Authors Who Write YA

John Green

john green popular male authors

A few of this books: Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, The Fault in our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines

First published: 2006

Other deets: Known for his video blogs and Twitter-tasticness.

Rick Riordan

rick riordan popular male authors

A few of this books: Percy Jackson series, Kane Chronciles

First published: 2005

Other deets: Was a public school teacher for 15 years in California and Texas.

Anthony Horowitz

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A few of this books: Alex Rider books, plus a ton of graphic novels and boy-ish books

First published: 1981

Other deets: Is British, went to boarding school and writes for about 10 hours a day (!).

Scott Westerfield

scott westerfield

A few of this books: Uglies series, the Midnighters trilogy, The Last Days

First published: 1990

Other deets: Has written for Powerpuff Girls choose your own adventure books.

James Dashner

james dashner popular male authors

A few of this books: Maze Runner trilogy, 13th Reality series

First published: 2003

Other deets: Originally studied accounting and worked in finance. Also has four kids

Philip Pullman

philip pullman

A few of this books: His Dark Materials series

First published: 1973

Other deets: Named by The New York Times as one of the “50 greatest British writers since 1945.”

Jay Asher

jay asher

A few of this books: 13 Reasons Why, The Future of Us

First published: 2007

Other deets: Plays the guitar and likes to go camping.

Which YA male authors have you read/loved??

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • PATRICK NESS! Always.

  • I thought of more!
    Michael Northrop
    Tom Angleberger
    Neil Gaiman
    R. L. Stine
    I’ll stop. But it’s clear this kid loves male YA authors.

  • I’d put Patrick Ness into that mix aswell. His Chaos Walking trilogy is awesome!

  • Ems

    Brandon Mull is my favorite male YA/MG author!

  • Biblibio

    Patrick Ness, Markus Zusak, certainly. Pete Hautman is a popular choice as well. Chris Crutcher is classic. Edward Bloor, David Almond, Louis Sachar…

  • Jen

    Michael Grant!!! His Gone series is incredible and he has written about eight books in the series and it still holds my interest

  • Katie O’Shea

    David Levithan!! <3

  • Mark

    Barry Lyga, Garry D. Schimdt 😀