5 Places Where You Can Read YA Books for Free Online

by Michael Lazar PR Expert

Young adult (or YA, as it is commonly known) is one of the most exciting book genres these days. While the books are generally intended for younger audiences, the best YA appeals greatly to adults as well. After all, mega successes like the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series count far more than just teens and tweens in their fan clubs.


No matter how much you love YA books, you may not be able to afford to shell out the cash to buy them. Luckily there are plenty of websites where you can read these books online for free. A lot of these sites dominantly offer works in the public domain, but don’t worry—there are plenty of YA classics out there for you to enjoy.


1) Google Books


There are a ton of YA classics available to read for free on Google Books. To ensure that your search results include only free books, select the “Full view” option at the top. Here are just a few of Google Books’ free young adult titles:


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


When Mary Lennox’s parents die, she moves from India to dreary England where the temperamental girl feels utterly alone. That changes when she finds the key to a secret garden, and friends (including a cousin she never knew about) to share it with.


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Loosely based on Louisa May Alcott’s own life, Little Women tells the story of four charming sisters in 19th century New England. The novel follows beautiful Meg, willful Jo, sweet Beth, and talented Amy as they figure out what they want out of life and what will make them happy.


Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


Aging siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert planned to adopt a boy to help with their farm, but instead they receive a talkative and imaginative girl named Anne. She worms her way into their hearts, as well as those of the other residents of her new home.


2) Manybooks


Manybooks also offers many young adult classics. On this website, you can read the novel right in your browser, or download it for free. Here are some of the YA books you can find on the site:


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


Huck Finn fakes his death to escape his alcoholic father. As he travels through the Deep South, he meets Jim, an escaped slave. From that point onward, they journey together down the Mississippi River.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


When a tornado sweeps Dorothy away from her Kansas home, she finds herself in the magical Land of Oz. There she befriends a mindless scarecrow, a tinman with no heart, and a cowardly lion. She must also battle the Wicked Witch of the West in her quest to find her way home.


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame


This book began as stories that Kenneth Grahame told to his son. The novel revolves around amiable Rat, wise Badger, gentle Mole, and arrogant Toad who all live along the River Thames. When Toad gets himself imprisoned in a castle’s dungeon, he has to escape and find his way home.


3) Project Gutenberg


Project Gutenberg has an extensive collection of thousands and thousands of free eBooks. Many of those books are YA books, and available to view on your browser and to download onto your phone or Kindle. Here is just a small sampling of the young adult classics available:


The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling


This is a collection of stories that was first published in a magazine from 1893 to 1894. The best-known of the stories are the 3 that follow the adventures of Mowgli, an abandoned “man cub” in the Indian jungle who is raised by wolves.


Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens


Oliver Twist is Dickens’ second novel, published in 1838. It tells the story of Oliver Twist, a miserable orphan in a workhouse who is sent to live with an undertaker. He escapes and meets the Artful Dodger, who leads a gang of juvenile criminals. Oliver is taken in by the boys’ elderly mentor, Fagin, and taught the ways of a pickpocket.


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson


When a sailor dies at the Admiral Benbow inn, the innkeeper’s son Jim Hawkins finds a treasure map among the man’s possessions. Soon Jim learns that he’s not the only person who knows about the map, and sets out an adventure with his friends to find the treasure.


4) Craphound


If classics aren’t your thing, never fear! There are still some great options to read contemporary YA online. Bestselling author Cory Doctorow offers one of his books for free on his website. You can download a plain text file, an HTML file, or a PDF file. (The book is also available on Manybooks and Project Gutenberg.) Here’s a summary:


Little Brother by Cory Doctorow


17-year-old hacker Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n”, and his friends end up getting apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security after a major terrorist attack in San Francisco. They’re taken to a secret prison and when they’re finally released, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state and becomes determined to take the DHS down.


5) Scribd


Scribd is another place where you can read contemporary YA books for free. There is a bit of a catch here, though—you’re only able to read books for free for 30 days. After that, a subscription costs $9.99 a month. Still, that’s a pretty small price to pay for access to the site’s extensive library. Here are some of the young adult titles available on the site:


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


After the tragic murder of the rest of his family, Nobody “Bod” Owens is taken in by the ghosts and other supernatural creatures of a nearby graveyard. He enjoys great adventures but longs to see the outside world. If he tries to leave, though, his family’s murderer will come after him.


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


After a year of slaving in the salt mines as punishment for her crimes, Prince Dorian of Endovier offers 18-year-old Celaena Sardothien a way out. She must compete to become the new royal assassin. If she wins, she will be allowed her freedom after 3 years’ service. But when someone starts murdering her opponents, Celaena must solve the mystery to avoid being next.


A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Larson

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This is Hope Larson’s graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning classic. The story follows Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace, and a popular boy named Calvin on their adventures through time and space with their 3 quirky guides. They search for Meg and Charles Wallace’s father and battle with a great evil.

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