This tag represents works that are created to be consumed by Young Adults, usually for story-identification. Young Adult works usually feature a coming-of-age story, and the genre is a little more Fantasy oriented than Sci-Fi. Sometimes the Young Adult works focus more on emotions and less on ...

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Teen Sci-Fi book probably from 80's possibly early 90's - aliens help a teenager on Earth

I can't remember much about the book. I read it when I was in middle school. What I do remember is that a human kid finds these tiny aliens - one of which can stop/slow time. The one scene that ...
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Story about a boy who encounters an alien “boy” who is stranded & also with an enemy alien who can shape-shift

I remember reading this book as a young adult, in the early to mid-80's and there was a particular scene that stands out in my mind where the Earth boy is stabbed in the leg by the enemy alien and the ...
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What book has a guy able to travel back in time to his childhood using a camcorder?

I'm trying to find a book I read as a child in 2000 or 2001. It probably came out between 1990 and 2000. I'm not 100% on the plot but as far as I remember the main character had had a traumatic ...
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Trying to find a sci-fi novel I read when I was a teenager (early 2000s)

First of all the book looked fairly new so I don't think it was more than a few years old at the time and I'm 80% certain I picked it up in the young adult section at my public library. The story ...
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YA novel where clumsy boy gains wings

I'm trying to remember the name of a novel I read as a pre-teen. If I recall correctly, it would have come out in the 90s (though it may have been a reprint). The novel is set in modern times. I ...
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YA short horror story from the 90's? Student obsessed with teacher kills herself Cover art had a ghostly looking girl wearing fish necklace

I'm pretty sure the girl's name was Fern, and she becomes obsessed with her teacher. When he dies (I believe he drowns) she kills herself and haunts her best friend by tapping on her window. There's a ...
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Trying to track YA novel - virtual reality simulation aboard an interstellar generation ship

I'm trying to track down the title/author of a novel I read some time back. I read the novel sometime between 1998 and 2004; not sure when it was printed. The novel itself I originally found in the ...
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Heinlein — long hair in 1958?

In Have Space Suit--Will Travel, by Robert Heinlein, the POV character Kip says, after spending some time immobilized in an alien hospital: There was a mirror ... It showed me with enough hair to ...
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Identify book about girl who creates warmth with musical instrument

I'm looking for a book but I forgot the title. Its a fictional young adult book where a girl is kidnapped by a man. His people are freezing to death. The girl can create warmth and heat by playing a ...
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book identification: Book about an adolescent boy interested in WW2 memorabilia, wakes up in different time period.

A while ago (like 10+ years) I read a book that I can't remember the name of. See if you can help. took place in Europe main character was a boy preteen or teen...he was later joined by a girl ...
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YA horror/suspense book from the 90s

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I loved when I was a kid. It was set in a castle, with the main character named Jenny, twins named Malcolm and ? and a cousin who acted like a jester ( i ...
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Looking for a young adult medieval fantasy written prior to 1976 about a girl banished from the royal court

The girl is at court with her beautiful social butterfly sister. The beautiful sister messes up but the Queen blames the influence of the other sister because she doesn't want to loose the beautiful ...
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Looking for a YA horror anthology (90s?), All took place at The Something Academy

As a kid, I remember reading a series of Goosebumps-like books. They were all written by the same author, I think, and there were a half-dozen or so that I (vaguely) remember. The stories all ...
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Young adult series, cryosleep, crashed spaceship. People were turned to “swiss cheese” by worms

When I was in 6th grade I remember reading 2 or 3 books in a sci fi series. From what I can remember a ship full of people (mostly teens) had crashed and awoken the main character and several ...
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What book has a boy meeting a girl on an alien planet where he crash-landed?

I read a book back in the 90s about a boy who meets a girl on an alien planet, and I think he crash landed there. The cover had green hills/mountains on it, and it was either the second or first book ...
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Collection of ghost-stories for children/young adult

I am looking for a book published in the 90's. It's ghost stories. The book itself has multiple short short stories in it. Maybe 5. I read it when I was in middle school. One story I remember is a ...
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What children's sci-fi novel has a girl on a space station who ends up on an alien planet?

This is a long-shot because I don't remember much. I'm trying to remember the name of a novel for children or young adults that I read 12–14 years ago. There is a girl who lives on a space station. I ...
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YA book from 70s

I am unsure if this YA novel was actually SF or just an adventure story. I read it in the mid-70s. The reason it was important was because it piqued my interest in physics and science. It may have ...
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YA Fantasy with Celtic Theme

Read this in the early 90s but was probably from the 70s or 80s. The setting was Celtic or Arthurian. It involved transportation between the real world and the magical word. The characters were ...
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Young Adult Science Fiction: Implants, Elite and Slave Classes

A friend described a book he remembered reading as "It was set in a future dystopia ruled by an aristocracy fitted with mental implants. At a certain age, all children got fitted with an implant, and ...
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Name of Young Adult novel from 1960s/ 70s with Harry Houdini?

I'm looking for the title of a book I read as a kid in the 60s/70s. It's about a teenage boy who's fascinated with magic and Harry Houdini, and develops his magical powers with Houdini's help. I just ...
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Young Adult Fantasy Novel about finding elemental objects of power

I don't remember many details other than it was set in the past in another land where magic exists. There is a male protagonist who has a female companion and he has to look for these different ...
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Title of old novel about a boy educated via an electronic helmet connected to a mainframe

I'm desperate to find out the title of this novel because it was the first time I experienced images in my mind inspired by the written word. It sparked a life long love of Sci Fi. I think it's a ...
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Looking for a book about a young boy that jumps into a whirlwind portal

Looking for the title of a book, Book was in school and public libraries in the US in the early to mid 1970's. SF / Young Adult. Story line was a young boy, out in the woods that sees a dust ...
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Teenage girl in life-sustaining valley on poisoned Earth visited by another survivor

I'm trying to identify a book I read in school, though I can't recall at what grade level; let's say it had to have been published before I graded high school in 2000. Despite being required reading, ...
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VR arcade game teaches teenagers to live on another planet

I'm trying to recall the title of a young adult-targeted book. It was probably published by Scholastic, or at least sold through their take-home pamphlets, which means it was probably published before ...
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Help me identify this book about a mysterious girl and evil non-human pursuers?

Some elements that I remember: Bluey-green cover with a medallion on it Almost certainly set in London Half of [city] is semi-abandoned, maybe partially flooded? Begins with protagonist ...
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Identify a short YA Science Fiction Novel from pre-1980 set on the moon in which a boy is rescued by space gypsies?

This was the first science fiction novel I completed reading on my own some 36 years ago. Unfortunately the details are very sketchy indeed, but here's what I think I remember: It was a hard back ...
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Time Travel story about a boy, girl and a talking Time Travelling talisman

I am looking for a Sci-Fi novel for young adults about children who discover what is described as a talking talisman that takes them back in time to find its origin. They end up in the prehistoric era ...
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looking for early 2000's sci fi youth fiction set in future, kids have mental powers that let them simulate war

I just got a vague memory of a book I read when I was in middle school, and I'd love to find it again but I only have a basic grasp of the plot and some tiny details. Set sometime in the future or ...
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What is this older fantasy for young adults about musical spheres?

I'm looking for a fantasy novel I read nearly 20 years ago about a young male protagonist who grows up different than everybody in his community. He is the only person unable to collect and use ...
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Boy born in space needing to somersault and spin to counteract earth's rotation

What is the title of the book I read in the 1960s or 1970s about a boy that somersaulted and spun throughout the day? As he grew it became worse. The boy claimed he had a need to do this to feel ...
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Looking for a 70s/80s YA Fantasy Quest Novel with a Reluctant Heroine in a Celtic-like Culture

I don't remember a lot about the plot -- the cover was yellow and featured an illustrated brunette heroine in medieval or earlier clothing. I think that it's a matriarchy and that the king has ...
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I'm desperately looking for a 90s horror children's short story collection

My girlfriend is obsessed with this collection, and the more she tells me about it, the more I half remember it, but neither of us remember the title or author. I would love to get it for her ...
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YA book with Umbra organization

I know it is about a boy and girl who have a strong connection. There is an organization called Umbra. Another girl is kind of a bad character who tempts the guy. I recall 4 books
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Book about a boy and future earth?

I can't remember the title and it's killing me. It's about a boy, teenage I think and he gets slung forward in time. Old medicine woman or something, name begins with an M. Apparently the earth had ...
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YA short story about crowd control terrorism with black an white images, set in elementary school, part of anthology

images that look like QR codes used to scramble peoples' brains, make them lose sight temporarily and maybe make them hear a piercing noise? kids going through halls of school wearing ...
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Young Adult Sci-Fi book about Aliens Ruling Earth and a Human Resistance

I am looking for a book about aliens ruling Earth and there is an underground rebellion. I read this over 20 years ago, so only certain parts stick in my mind. I believe it took place on the west ...
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Room is really a spaceship

When I was a kid - 80's/90's - there was a science fiction series about a kid, whose room was really a spaceship that could just take off detaching itself from the building. Can anyone help me on the ...
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YA fantasy novel about supernatural teens in an organization run by gods

I read this book several years ago. All I remember about the plot is that teens (who have special abilities) are part of an organization run by gods. There's another group that is trying to ...
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Collection of YA horror short stories c.1980 including “Mr. Monstro”

I'm looking for a short story that terrified me as a child. It appeared in a YA horror collection about monsters. None of the other stories stuck with me, but the one about “Mr. Monstro” kept me awake ...
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Boy wants to go to magic school

In the early 90's, I read a book about a boy who wanted to go to a magic school, but everyone said that he was not good enough. Finally he got in. There was a test where he had to repeatedly light ...
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Looking for a 90s YA horror anthology

I believe it was a compilation of stories from various authors, and I believe it was a series of multiple books. I am usually a very good Googler but so far have come up empty. Some stories I ...
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Captured by a giant witch who wants to eat him

Looking for the the title/ author of a book of illustrated "silly" children's horror from around the early 1980's. The book is narrated by an uncle / grandfather to his (children?) about a strange ...
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Time travel book for young adults, available in school libraries in 70s, cape-wearing girl meets Greensleeves-whistling boy

Tyring to identify a 70s book about a teenaged girl in England, alone at boarding school over the holidays, who puts on a cape from the school theatre and time travels. She meets a boy in the woods ...
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Young adult novel with dragons, magic, and ends weirdly

In elementary school, between '92 and '96, I read a young adult fantasy novel that has eluded my internet searches to this day. I don't remember the plot, but I think it had the word 'Rainbow' in the ...
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Looking for a Pre-1975, young adult, sci-fi, colored circle dimension crossing

Looking for the title and or author of a long ago favorite; I have searched the web for it on and off for years. I read a paperback novel about 40 years ago; it was probably a used book at that time. ...
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Looking for young adult book, possible from the last 10-15 years

I remember this book from my early teen years, although what I remember makes it seem incredibly bizarre, but from what I remember, it was really enjoyable. I'm sure I read it before I read the ...
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Can you help me remember a young adult book about a young girl who I think is kidnapped by fairy people?

I remember very little about this book, but I remember it featured a lot of eerie black and white pencil illustrations. I think it was about a young girl who is kidnapped by people who live under the ...
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Young Adult novel, late 80s: gothic horror, deserted mansion, candle flame turns blue

The public library I visited as a child had a young adult book that scared me half to death. Here's what I remember: The cover art was in the style of Edward Gorey (black and white line art) The ...