A novel targeted at children or young people. Written for those with basic levels of reading comprehension & vocabulary.

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Fantasy Novel, with review blurb by Ursula Le Guin

Anyone remember an out-of-print (1980s? 1990s? early 2000s?) middle-grade or ya fantasy novel with a strong female protagonist, where the sea is an important plot component, that has a cover blurb by ...
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Book Series for MG/Children - About Kind/Gentle Alien Professor/Engineer Working in Basement Laboratory

A Series of Books for Children / MG Read in 1977 / 5th grade Main character is a kind/gentle/smart alien professor/engineer doing experiments in his basement laboratory… solving mysteries, I think ...
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Help remembering childhood story - Boy befriends alien stuck on earth

I don't know why, but I've suddenly been overwhelmed by nostalgia and really need to find this story, I remember listening to it on a CD but it was probably a book originally. The story is for kids ...
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Looking for the name of the book where a character enters another world in where he is part of a prophecy

I read this book in elementary school but don't remember the title, author or anything aside from a few vivid points. The story starts in the real world (I believe it's around WW2) where a boy ...
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Gloomy children's book involving time travel and a grandfather clock

I read this book when I was younger (before 2010). I don't really remember much of the plot or title or anything, but I have this recurring picture and feeling about it and I really want to know what ...
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Please help me remember book about children and stones that possessed power

It's a children's book, there was a group of children (who I think were running away from a man) and these kids were able to 'listen' to stones. And then there was this other child, a girl. She ...
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Looking for title and author of children's science fiction book series and tv show

I'm looking for a sf story that was broadcast on BBC children's TV in the early 1980's probably as part of the long running Jackanory series. Based on what i recall of other events at the time of ...
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Looking for the Name of a Young Adult Fantasy with Giant Eagles Attacking a Canoe on the Cover

I read the book probably 11-ish years ago. Then I was 12 and got it from a community library. You'd probably describe the book as Childrens or Young Adult Fantasy. Of course this was before Young ...
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Kids' SF chapterbook about Mars, with three-eyed Martian animals and hidden Old Martians

Protagonists were Sally and Jim, ages 11 and 12 or thereabouts ("Jim, six and a half, and Sally, six" in Martian years) middle-class white suburban kids whose family moves to a Martian dome-city. ...
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Childrens Book of Illustrated Horror Stories from 1970s

I have searched for this book for years. I checked this hardcover book out of my elementary school library twice in the early to mid 70s, when I was in 1st - 4th grade, as far as I can remember. I ...
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Looking for pre-1975 youth Sci-fi book about 3-4 kids who build a rocket and launch it in the woods while at camp

It was a book about three or four kids who build a rocket with themselves as the payload. I think they did it at a camp in the woods but I'm not sure. I don't even remember if it got off the ground. I ...
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Looking for title of kids' book published 1980s/1970s

When recently discussing with others how young we'd first read stories with apocalyptic themes, I was reminded of a story I'd found in a middle-school library, circa 1984-1986. The protagonist was a ...
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In Watership Down what was Lord Frith's gift to Rabscuttle?

When El-ahrairah and Rabscuttle reach their home warren after their journey home from the abode of the Black Rabbit of Inle, they have an encounter with Lord Frith, who has some gifts for them (end of ...
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Fantasy novel about young girl's trip through the alphabet

Another book identification question about a children's fantasy novel from the 80's (or earlier): This was a lighthearted story about a young girl who entered a magical fantasy land inhabited by the ...
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Mooncows, parrot, magic turnstile

I believe this book was called "The Enchanted Parcel" but I can't find any book by that name. It was about a group of children who find a brown paper package containing a talking parrot, who guides ...
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Boy discovers his life is a science experiment

Children's story I read 13-15 years ago about a boy who finds out his whole life is part of a science experiment. It would have been a fairly short book with easy to understand language as I couldn't ...
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Collection of stories about young boy and his brother encountering aliens in suburbia

I'm trying to find a book that one of our teachers read to us in elementary school. It is either a collection of short stories, or simply one of those novels written in episodic form. It's told in ...
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Boy who befriends an alien whose spaceship is disguised: a book about friendship

I am looking for a novel for my children that I used to read in the early 70s at the library. It's about a boy who befriends an alien whose spaceship is disguised as ordinary things. Part of the story ...
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A children's book series about a farm that grows massive food

There was a series of illustrated children's books that I was introduced to as a child in the late 1980's early 1990's. The main character was a farmer - I can't remember the name, but I think it was ...
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Three kids from different planets meet their future selves as rulers of another planet

There was this book series with three kids from three different planets/universes. One of the kids has blue skin and I think they end up meeting their future selves as the rulers of a planet they all ...
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An illustrated children's book about each season being created as a planet by music

Apologies, this book may not fall under the science fiction bracket but it does have an element of fantasy about it so hopefully you can help me! I'm trying to find an illustrated book I had as a ...
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Story identification: Girl with telekinetic powers

This book came from my grandmother's basement, so it's probably from the 1970s or so, but that's just a guess. This girl has strange eyes, and can move things things with her mind. She was accused of ...
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I remember a children's book with math and a world inside a book

I remember reading a English, as in North American, children's book more than a decade ago, where the plot was like: Some kid gets this math textbook or something from his local library, for the ...
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Identify Sci Fi children's book series from 1960s (or earlier)

Back in the 1960s I read a series of science fiction books for children. They dealt with a project about sending spaceships (that looked very much like flying saucers) to the moon. At some stage, two ...
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Children stowaway to the moon?

I remember a children's book published by about 1961 in which a boy and girl who probably lived on a rocket base stowed away on an unmanned rocket to the moon. I remember that when the newspapers ...
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Identify this gory anti-war version of Valiant Little Tailor

As a kid I stumbled upon this book which depicted a version of Valiant Little Tailor (or possibly Jack the Giant Slayer), but with a rather odd twist for a children's book. After the tailor defeats ...
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1960s or 1970s children's sci-fi about several teenagers exploring (or lost on) an alien planet?

I read this in grade school in the late 1970s/early 1980s. I believe the cover may have been in blue and white with an alien landscape. I recall the protagonists traveling in a moon-buggy r.v. of ...
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Book Identification: Noone house

I remember reading a book, probably 10 years ago now at least, though the book itself may be older than that. It was about a girl who goes to live in a large house in the country (I don't recall why). ...
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Children's book about a talking alien baby (who lives on the moon?)

I have been looking for this book for a long while. I remember being charmed by it when I was 8 - so 2000. In England, UK if it helps. The cover was a turquoise green colour. Some plot points I can ...
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YA or children's book about boy who develops animal characteristics

This book was about a boy at high school who started to develop animal characteristics and abilities. I remember particular scenes from this book, like the boy in science class catching a fly as if he ...
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Name of the SciFi book where boy finds a crash-landed robot spaceship

I am looking for the author / title of a short illustrated story about a robot (humanoid form) that crash-landed on planet earth and a boy finds the wreck. He climbs into it and goes up to the head ...
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Need Name of Children's Short Story (1970s SRA, maybe) - Boy Fixes Radio of a Crashed Alien Craft

I'm interested in the title and/or author of this story. I was in grade school from 1971 to 1978. The story collections we read were SRA (reading laboratories). Usually boring stuff. But I found back ...
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Novel (or maybe series) About a Hidden Urban Underground Civilization

When I was in middle school, I remember reading a novel (or possibly a series of novels, I don't remember) about a young boy (or possibly teenager) who goes through a hole in the wall of a building. ...
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90s teen novel about an alien invasion in a small farm town. Showdown in the school at the end of the novel

I read this story in the early 2000's, found it in a hospital gift shop. The story centered around a small town where the kids begin to notice that the adults are acting strangely. I remember there ...
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Tracking down an old sci-fi book

I'm trying to track down an old sci-fi book I read when I was a teenager. The book was at the Cottage Grove, OR Public Library around 1982-1985. The plot followed a brother and sister who were ...
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Help identifying a story where kids discover some kind of wormhole in a garden

This is going to be unfortunately vague (I read these books as a kid...some 15/20 years ago). What I can remember is that the stories/books had a dark atmosphere, that the main characters were young, ...
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Intermediate reader level horror fantasy story in a compilation

There was a book of short horror stories that I remember reading in after-school care about a million years ago. The one story I remember involves a huge mirror that lures a kid into it. At first it ...
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Short children's fantasy novel from 70s with orphans meeting a griffin

When I was a kid in the 80s, I had a paperback copy of a children's novel in which a brother and sister (orphans, I think), went on a journey and met what I think was a talking griffin, who guided ...
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An anthology published at least 17 years ago, containing an asteroid ghost story and others

I bought a book at a book fair 17 years ago. It is a collection of short stories. Can anyone give me the title of the book, any of these stories, or the authors involved. It is driving me crazy! A ...
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Childrens book involving two orphans that travel to space and find a space station captain that takes them in

Two orphans are touring a rocket that is about to go into space and they are accidentally launched into space where they get rescued by a captain of a secret space station. They make friends with most ...
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Children's Book Involving Witches, Flying Cars, and a Mysterious man who sacrifices himself for the protagonist

I wrote about this on the TVTropes YKTS, but never got any bites. I read it as a little child, mid 1980s or so. It was a book in our house in Ashland, KY. It was a short book, more a short story than ...
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Children's fantasy series with east asian siblings and black liquid in pots involved

I only remember snippets from the book. If someone could help me find it that would be much appreciated. I feel like the children were Japanese but I'm not sure about this. The main was an older ...
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Looking for a 1980's children's book about life on other planets

I am looking for a children's book from most likely the late 80's. I was born in 87 and remember reading the book as a kid. It was an illustrated book where we are given a tour of other planets and ...
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Book About A Boy Who Lives in a Children's Home with a Dark Secret

I was a child of ~9-10 years old when I read this back in the early to mid-nineties. The book revolves around a boy who is taken to a home for children. Strange things begin to happen and the boy ...
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Help Identify Youth novel about higher dimensions

I read this book about 10 years ago I think. It was probably published in the 90s but quite possibly the 80s. The main plot as I remember involved a high school girl who falls for the new student. He ...
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Book identification - quest to defeat impending magical death

I read a book (or trilogy?) in the 90s about a boy who gets cut on the chest by a knife. It's a magical wound that will kill him within a few days or weeks. A good wizard assembles a group of ...
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Children's book from the 60s/70s - aliens, black girl protagonist, pencil illustrations

I'm trying to remember the name of a classic children's science fiction novel. The protagonist is a black girl in the foster system whose name begins with N - Naima or Naella or something like that. ...
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Identifying a children's fantasy book series (gem-based powers, sea monsters attacking tower) [duplicate]

There's this children's fantasy series I've been trying to find for years from one book I've read in my youth. From what I recall it was a long-ish series (7-8 books?) and I believe that the powers in ...
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A spaceship called the Fruitfly, piloted by a character called Fur

I read it as a child and it was one of the best books I ever read. On the cover it had a black hand holding a crystal. I remember the plot goes as follows: Four kids, (three boys and a girl, I ...
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Looking for children's story c. 1990-95 about a family of sugar people

It was in my language arts textbook. As far as I can recall, it was about a family that was new to town. The protagonist befriends a little boy in the family but the boy can never come out when it ...