Top Ten Adult Authors for Teens

The Spring 2007 issue of The Official Journal of the Young Adult Library Association Services Association (YALSA) features the results of an informal poll conducted among teens.


  1. Dean Koontz
    Koontz is renowned for his skill at writing suspenseful page-turners, crafting memorable characters, and blending elements from different genres, including horror, mystery, science fiction, and romance.
  2. John Grisham
    Grisham gave up practicing law to write legal thrillers.  He has a reputation as a great storyteller.
  3. Stephen King
    A prolific writer of horror fiction, King blends elements of the traditional gothic tale with those of the modern psychological thriller, detective, and science fiction genres to create compelling tales of the macabre.
  4. V. C. Andrews
    Her novels combine gothic horror and family saga, revolving around family secrets and forbidden love.
  5. Dan Brown
    Most of Brown’s books have a mix of secret societies, international intrigue, scholarly puzzles, and fast-paced action.
  6. Anne Rice
    Rice is best known for her vampire fiction in which she identifies with the vampire instead of the victim.
  7. Tom Clancy
    Clancy is  known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during the Cold War.
  8. Jodi Picoult
    Picoult's themes center on women's issues, family, and relationships.
  9. Nora Roberts
    As a romance novelist, Roberts provides interesting, often adventure-filled plots, colorful, well-researched settings, well-defined, believable characters, as well as a satisfying love story.
  10. Carl Hiaasen
    Hiaasen hates hypocrisy, pretension, corporate greed, political corruption, and the rape of the environment. His humorous satire, set in Florida, is populated by bizarre characters who find themselves in situations that border on the surreal.