A story targeted at children or youth. Written for those with basic levels of reading comprehension & vocabulary.

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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: ...
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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 [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 ...
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And now, for something completely different: The mushrooms are among us

I'm talking about at least two juvenile sci-fi novels, read between second and fourth public grades (U.S.A.) which for me places them around 1956-9. The protagonists are a brother and sister, ...
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Book where shuffling through a Möbius strip enables travel to an alternate fantasy dimension

Looking for the title of a children's book possibly read in the 90s or earlier. There is a boy who creates a Möbius strip out of paper that he keeps in his wardrobe. He discovers that if he walks ...
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Teenagers taken from their worlds; attracted to colored gems which give them special powers

Long ago (15 years?), I partially read a novel which I really liked. I don't remember the title or full plot of it. I would be grateful if some one can identify it from the limited plot below: Three ...
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Children's Ghost/Horror short story collection from 1970s

I am looking for the name of a book I had as a child, it was a book of short stories, with ghost themes, nothing super scary, as I was younger than 9 or 10 when I read it. It would've been purchased ...
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Need help identifying a book - boy finds cave with ruins of a tiny civilization

About 25 years ago I read a book that for years I've tried to find. I remember nothing of the title or author, but I do remember the plot. My last question about a novel worked out so well I thought ...
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Need help with a book title - something like “Sting”

My son was telling me about a book that he read last year in class that had a picture of a bee on the cover, but where it's abdomen is a syringe (with the needle in place of a stinger). It was kind of ...
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Sci-Fi Book about people living underground after World War 3

I read a short excerpt from this book on a state exam (MCAS) maybe 10 or so years ago. The premise is that people live in underground tunnels after World War 3, tunnels that had previously been used ...
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What relationship is there between tesseracts in A Wrinkle in Time and the mathematical object?

It's been a long time since I read A Wrinkle in Time, but I remember the heroes using a phenomenon or device called a tessaract to travel across space, kind of like a stargate. I later learned that ...
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Looking for a fantasy, ocean themed book i read as a child?

The only things i remember about this book was it was about a brother and a sister (although i want to say more about the sister) and they were at a fair or carnival with their dad who raised them ...
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Children who make a hideout out of an abandoned house and an evil teacher/being breaks in

I heard this on tape as an audiobook when I was much younger. I have a feeling it had some fantasy elements, it was definitely a horror-ish story at the end, and not a short story either. A small ...
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Children's novel: three children (plus dog?) travel to the Moon in pretend spaceship turned real

I remember a children's novel that I read in the late 1970s / early 1980s about three children travelling to the Moon. There were some illustrations; I think the colour scheme of those was black, ...
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Looking for two 1980s sci-fi children's books [closed]

This will be vague, but I'm hoping somebody out there will know of these two 1970s-1980s sci-fi children's books. Sadly, all I can recall of the first is that it starred two space heroes who patrolled ...
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What was the original ending of “Rinkitink in Oz”?

L. Frank Baum wrote Rinkitink in Oz around 1905, sometime between The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz, but we know that as originally written it had nothing to do with Oz. But Baum couldn't get ...
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Story about giant ants keeping humans in a zoo

This is one of two Science Fictions stories that had excerpts in our readers for school that I still remember. In this one, a kid wakes up and everything is slightly different. By the end of the ...
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Trying to remember the name of a grade-school book about an alien in a cereal box

When I was a kid (Grade school, Elementary, can't remember the exact grade, but it was between 1992 and 1999) I read a book about a kid who found an alien in his cereal. This alien informed him that ...
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Story ID: Book with a boy and a girl and a magical world hidden in a wind up music box

I'm looking for the title of a fairly recent book, probably written after 2000. In it, there is a boy who inherits an intricately painted music box with explicit instructions on how to safely use it, ...
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Children's book about a flying, air-breathing pet shark

This was a children's book that would have come out in the early to mid 80's in America. The edition I remember was a slim, paperback chapter book with no interior illustrations. The plot involved a ...
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Illustrated children's book about trip to Moon

I remember reading a book about a trip to the Moon in the late 1970s or early 1980s. It was an illustrated hardback with a large page size, but not very thick - I'd guess fewer than 100 pages. The ...
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Children's fantasy book- can't locate

My grandma used to read me a picture book. It was about ten years ago. I believe it was a rather new book at that time. Kind of the same story line as Alice in wonderland, but less fantasy than that ...
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Book where alien boy crashes on Earth and communicates with deer

I am looking for a book I read in the 1960s about an alien boy who crashes on Earth and is taken in by a human family. He also communicates telepathically with deer.
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Fantasy Children's Book; Characters Must Race Into Place to Play Roles on Each Page

Characters are physically trapped inside of the book you are reading, they have to run around inside of the book to make sure that the story moves forward. They are their roles, but also self-aware ...
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Short Story collection about monsters

I've been searching for a collection of short stories I read as a kid. I can't say how old I was, but old enough to read because I read them myself, and certainly I read them over seven years ago (I ...
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Children's book series, schoolboy twin protagonists retrieve formula that lets them transform to insects

I'm searching for the title of a series of juvenile science fiction books. The books are specifically written for young readers. They are really small and thin, have illustrations, and I believe ...
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Story about a young man with photographic memory who becomes a space doctor

I probably read this book in the late 1960s in an elementary school library. I believe the story began with the young man on Earth and progressed to him having an adventure in space. His photographic ...
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Carabao and telescope story

I am searching for a literature piece (I can not recall if it is a short story or poem) I have read in my fourth grade English book (around ten years ago) about a carabao and their telescope. I can ...