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

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Children's science fiction book 1960s?

In Canada as a child, probably in the mid-late 1960s, our school librarian read us a book about a child (boy I think) who when he became of a certain age was to be 'tapped' a metal tap would be ...
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Looking for a 1970s/80s children's book about pirates in space

The characters were white, (I don't mean white as in Caucasian, I mean white as in a Casper the friendly ghost or a Moomin or something) cartoon-like things, there was a big floating pirate ship, and ...
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Book about boy who mistakes glue for treacle [closed]

I remember reading a book when I was younger, and I loved it. I've been trying to find it for ages, and have had no luck. From what I remember, the cover is possibly blue. It is about a boy who is ...
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Looking for an early 60s timeframe young adult sci fi book?

I am looking for a book I read as a young boy. I thought it was "Journey to Jupiter" but having looked at a book by this name in Wiki the synopsis is not the same. I do not think there are two books ...
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Story about a flying mushroom, a lady, an octopus, a tortoise, and a dog

I read a shortish book as a child whose title was something of the form Mrs So-and-so and the [...], and I'm reasonably sure the author's surname began with J. In it, a lady goes out to the shops to ...
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A Christian Science Fiction Series Kind of Like Tom Swift?

When I was in, like, 5th grade, I stumbled across a story that read very much like something from the Tom Swift, Jr, series. It had a plucky young hero, and his trusty sidekick who was mostly there ...
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Looking to identify a children's novel in which stow aways eventually crash on the moon

I'm trying to remember the title/author of a juvie SF novel from the mid-late 50s. There are two kids who sneak out every chance they get to watch rocket launches. These are multi-staged things with ...
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the tornado bomb

I once read a children's short story about a couple kids who visit a space station with their dad. While there, the station weather forcaster notices a tornado has formed, and is heading straight for ...
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1950 children's science fiction story

I once read a 1950s children's science fiction story set on Mars. It was about a family that had just moved there, and befriended a colonial kid. They lived under a dome, and adopted a Martian animal ...
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What was the name of this book?

in the 90's I read a children's/ YA book dealing with a boy who had to travel somewhere and he did so in a boat. The book opened with a battle between the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans. I remember a ...
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Looking for a 60/70s book on supernatural/occult that was in a elementary school library

It was an oversized canvas bound dark green covered book that had stories like the Mary Celeste, Sirens, coffin birth, stuff like that. It was pretty old back in the early 90s and I'm guessing it was ...
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Looking for fantasy book series involving a ship and a rainbow

I'm really upset because I thought I had remembered the title correctly only to find that I had somehow been thinking of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader which is not the series i'm looking for. It's a ...
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Children's book from the 90s early 00s about kids discovering a parallel town. Green book cover

I read a book in the late 90s or very early 00s and I know it had a green cover. It was about some kids who discovered this other parallel town or city or something. I can't remember how they ...
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Pre 1975 Children's Sci-Fi novel

I am looking for a children's science fiction book that I read in 1975. I can only remember fragments of scenes from the book. What I can remember: Possibly warring alien factions. The "good" ...
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Alien girl gets sustenance from photosynthesis

This is a short story I read in the 1st grade, some 20+ years ago, that was included in our reading textbook. What I remember is that the girl in the story was new to the area, possibly a Mars or ...
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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 wasn'...
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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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Someone sent to rescue brother, find out what happened to him?

I recall a book I read back in middle school (ca. 1981), where humanity had sent an astronaut to check out signs of an intelligent race or something like that, but he disappeared. Earth then sends ...
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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 an 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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Boy who develops animal characteristics, government wants to use him

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 catches 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 ...