As with the previous core lists, here are twenty Young Adult Speculative Fiction Works, chosen entirely on the basis of merit and significance to the field i. No implication is intended that these are the only twenty books you should considerii.
- Aria by Kozue Amano
- Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
- Red Moon and Black Mountain by Joy Chant
- The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
- On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
- Growing Up Weightless by John M. Ford
- Cart and Cwidder by Diane Wynne Jones
- Justice and her Brothers by Virginia Hamilton
- The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
- Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
- The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
- The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
- Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
- Witch World by Andre Norton
- Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince by Noriko Ogiwara
- Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
- Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin
- The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
Persons unfamiliar with one or two of the works, congratulations! You’re one of today’s Ten Thousand!
i There are two filtering rules:
- Only one work per author per list
- Any given work by a particular author can appear on only one list. A given author may, however, have works on various lists but each instance of their work will be unique.
ii NO IMPLICATION IS INTENDED THAT THESE ARE THE ONLY TWENTY BOOKS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER.