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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Stamps that can deliver letters to dead people and bring an answer back

This is a long shot because my recollection is rather vague, but around 40 years ago when I was a kid, I read a story about a boy who somehow acquired special stamps. If you addressed a letter to a ...
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Girl that can take shortcut through space by taking a 1/2 turn as she steps up

This was a pre-1970s YA book. I cannot recall much about the plot, but I was impressed by her entering an alternate universe where three parallel lines intersected to form a right angle. I think her ...
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spaceship saved by teen who realizes destination planet is surrounded by electromagnetic field

Old short story or possibly a book, more than 30 years old, about spaceship heading to some planet, possibly Venus. The previous ships have not been heard from after landing. On the way a teenage boy ...
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YA novel - kid finds some kind of time traveling creature

I have a very, very vague recollection of this book that I read around 1999-2001. A kid or tweenager finds some kind of creature -- the visual image in my mind is of something like a horseshoe crab ...
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YA novel about dystopian future with non-human overlords and teenage heroes

I read a YA novel in the early 2000s that I think takes place on Earth some time in the future. The human race has been enslaved by some other race, possibly aliens. If I remember correctly, humans ...
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A book from the 90s about a girl living in a world about to be destroyed

It was a story about a girl who lived in a citadel and the world was about to be destroyed and she met a boy named Delos (I believe) but I don't remember her name. Not much to go on but I remember I ...
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80s/90s book where boy stumbles on game where aliens gamble their planets

I don't remember much about it other than the setting. It's about a boy who one night stumbles upon some different alien races playing a game in which their civilizations will end if they lose. He ...
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Looking for a sci-fi book I read once a while back

I can't really remember how long ago it was, but I think the book was marketed towards children/teens. All I remember is the basic premise of the story. Some story about these unusual little blue ...
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Story ID: Young Adult science fiction book, early 80's

I am looking for the title of a book from the early 1980's, available through Scholastic Book Clubs. It is a science fiction story about a human boy who goes to a training academy on a desert ...
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YA trilogy about a girl saving a magic kingdom whose boyfriend becomes part of a tree

This is probably a long shot but it's been really bugging me trying to figure this out. I'm searching for a fantasy trilogy where a mortal girl has to save a magic kingdom from fairies or something of ...
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Teenage boys buy a midget submarine; cause a UFO scare

In all honesty, this isn't 100% sci-fi, but this still seems the best SE site to ask. I remember a book (may have been a collection of shorts, or a novel, but it was all about the same group of ...
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YA series about children with powers from their alien parents

It's from the 90s, and it's one of those writers like John Peel, or Christopher Pike, or someone like that. I keep thinking it was called something similar to Outer Limits, but that doesn't work. I ...
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Looking for a fantasy book, I read when I was a teenager (2000s)

The book takes place in winter and starts off by following a young boy who just turned a certain age like 13 or in that range. The boy notices that as he was walking back home that crows or ravens ...
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80's or 90's teen horror book

I'm looking for an old 80's or 90's horror teen book. The story is about a girl who's on a bus and meets another girl; one of the girls is good and the other bad. The bad girl kills the good girl ...
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Early 90s story of kids shot into space in “pod” as trial by ordeal

I read a story (in the early 90s) about kids who faced some kind of trial by ordeal where they were shot into space (I think) in what I remember to be "pods". Does this ring a bell with anyone? I ...
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YA Sci-Fi book series from Late 70s early 80s

I am looking for a book series about a pair of twins from a heavy-gravity world who are acrobats on their planet and who can do amazing things when they come to earth's lesser gravity. They also may ...
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Identify this sci-fi book - young man, teleporters, alien planet survival?

I read this book probably 25 or more years ago. - Maybe 1988 or so. I keep thinking it was Heinlein (or really any classic sci-fi authors) but I haven't found it yet. I think it was a short book, not ...
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Book ID: summary execution for cancer

I've been trying to recall the name of a book for years, here and there and not very seriously, but now it's driving me crazy. When i was a freshmen in highschool i read a fairly short science fiction ...
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Looking for 80s/90s YA Horror Story Compilation

I have been trying to find this collection for a while now; this is the first forum i've asked in. It was probably a short book, with stories in the style of Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine. I only ...
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Teen/YA Sci Fi book from the late 80s or early 90s

I'm looking for a book I read back in the mid-90s, and am hoping against hope that someone may recognise it based on my terrible recollection of what it contained. Basically it was a teen sci fi ...
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Story ident : Alien scout-ship crashes

I'm looking for the name of a (English-language) book read in the 1970s The main plot focused on an alien scout-ship crash-landing and killing half of a town. The (crashed) aliens take the ...
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Identify a young adult novel involving gates or bridges and a troubled boy

Here are all the details I remember. I read the book in the 90's. The cover may have involved an archway? The title could have been "Seven/Nine gates to _____." but honestly not sure. The story ...
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YA Book, Read in the 90's, ballerina with a birthmark, man has always been watching her

I read this book in grade school in the 90's. It's a young adult book about a teenage girl. She's a ballerina and has a birthmark that signifies something. There is a male that has been watching ...
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YA Ghost-story - Flowers sent by dead boyfriend

This was a young-adult ghost story that I read in the early 1990's A teen boy sends red roses to his girlfriend while he is away holidaying with his family. The girl tells him the roses kept ...
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young adult time travel back in time twice

I am desperately looking for a time travel book that I read sometime between 1996 and 1999. The main character finds a door to go back in time. He travels between his time and the past. He then finds ...
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Title of a book - Earth invasion blocked by aliens

I'm trying to find out the title/author of a book I never finished when I was in middle school, so around the early 2000s. In this book, Earth exists as it is today (at least in the 90s, when the ...
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Short story about people hibernating in pods, and the system is breaking down

I believe this story was in a Young Adult anthology, and I would have read it in the early 80s. In the story, the protagonist / narrator is woken up from hibernation by the controlling entity and ...
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Book ID: YA fantasy novel, possibly from the 80s, where main characters have special abilities

I'm looking for the title of a YA fantasy novel I read back in the late 80s. The main character was a young boy that gets taken in by a group of people that came together to help him and save the ...
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Looking for young adult book about boy who wishes to be a farmer/gardener

I am looking for a young adult book, probably written in the late 60's to mid 70's, it was a dystopian future where people seemed to be set in for specific roles. The main character, a boy, wanted to ...
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Looking for young adult horror novel from 90s

Don't remember much about the plot but was centered around a boy and a demon or some sort of evil creature in town. The cover was a black and white tile or chess board with a face or eyes in the ...
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Older novel - Boy can operate alien machines, saves the planet

I read this novel in the early 1970s, but it may have been written as early as the 50s. It was probably a hard-science, young-adult novel; the protagonist was a boy, and it showcased what we knew of ...
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Children's Sci-Fi novel 1980s, another planet with moth-like creatures and glass-like grass

I'm trying to figure out the title of a book I read as a child -- probably around 1988 -- aimed at 9-10 year olds. The story had to do with people leaving Earth and they were only able to take one ...
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Sci-fi book or series with three children working on a moon looking for ancient life? Has psychic ability 'mindspread'

Looking for the name of a book or series from the 90s (?) where I think three children (one boy, from Earth, and two children from other planets) worked on or were taken to a moon of Jupiter (?) to ...
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YA horror/fantasy short stories: greenhouse, body-swapping, and a hurricane

I'm looking for fantasy or horror anthologies I read as a child/young teenager (1992-1995): Two stories that might be from the same one: A teenager has taken a summer job working for a relative who ...
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YA Trilogy 70s/80s boy who becomes priest - has three-line tattoo

Set in either pre-history (Iron Age?) or possibly the Dark Ages. Boy's village is attacked by raiders & he's abducted. Somehow he enters the priesthood & over the course of the trilogy rises ...
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Long Lost series of books read in school

I read a series of books in high school about the Earth being invaded by more technologically advanced race of aliens (aren't they all? But of course if they weren't then it wouldn't be much of a ...
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YA Novel with a Teenage Girl and a Child Changeling

I read this book maybe fifteen years ago. It may have been contemporary for the time or a bit older. I remember it referenced a number of old fairy stories, although I wasn't familiar with them at the ...
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Book Identification: young adult sci-fi with a Christian slant/influence 90s/80s novel part of a series

Scifi novel published around 80s or 90s, part of a series. Interplanetary space opera with a young adult slant/approach. Earth colony, but Earth is not featured or mentioned. Main story centered ...
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Story Identification: Young adult sci-fi about teenagers born on the same day who are aliens

I am looking for a book I read in high school (around late 80's, early 90's). Its a young adult sci-fi book about teenagers who were born on the same day and in the same hospital. All are best ...
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Looking for a book about a group of psychics, one locked in a completely dark cell

It's about this group of psychics. Mostly what I remember is the main male character (or one of them) is locked in a cell. Aforementioned cell is completely dark, and the young man is locked in there ...
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Young Adult trilogy

This has been driving me crazy. I know I read this book/books (possibly a trilogy) around the same time as reading Sabriel etc and the Windsinger trilogy. I don't remember a lot but I think it was ...
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Teens stranded in eco-system within alien ship , fighting for survival

Looking for the name of a book series I read in middle school, 2001-2004 roughly. All I can remember about it was that there were a handful of teenagers who somehow ended up on an alien planet that ...
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Book identification - yin-yang tattoo on arm

It is a "people from normal world journey to fantasy world" plot. One of the protagonists, a young or teenage girl, has a yin-yang symbol on her arm. At one point in the book, one of the antagonists ...
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Teenagers on a spaceship that was sentient/had AI, waking up at different times from sarcophagus-like bed

I remember reading in the late 80's / early 90's a trilogy (I think) about some teens in a spaceship that was sentient / had AI, and they weren't allowed in one section of the spaceship because it was ...
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Young-adult science fiction novel series. Kid trained as warrior, all other kid warriors wiped out

I read these books when I was kid (early 1980's) and think they were published in late 60's, early 70's or possibly later. The premise was of a training group for teens to train them to be some kind ...
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90's book series about a boy controlling spaceship with his mind

In what I think was the first book, a boy (and maybe a girl?) control a space ship with their minds. They are in a vast room with bowl-like depressions in the ground that they stand in to control the ...
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Looking for a YA book about a magical nanny that heavily featured lady bugs

I remember a YA book that involved a family who's babysitter/nanny was implied to be magical, and as I recall she was heavily associated with lady bugs. But I can't remember what the name of the books ...
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Looking for a YA Book series 70's or 80's [closed]

I'm looking for the name of a Book series. The details of the books are as follows: It was about a young man who was the son of the emperor by a concubine. He was like 250th in line to the throne. ...
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Young Adult Sci-fi Book of Short Stories

I'm looking for a compilation of YA sci-fi short stories which I read in high school in the mid 90s. The book had two stories which I remember: Was about a girl astronaut who goes to another world ...
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Looking for YA fantasy novel, early 2000s

Looking for a YA novel I read years ago- Ιt took place in a medieval, northern Europe like atmosphere with a reluctant heroine (princess or a queen) who had to gather an army against an invading ...