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Use this tag when the question specifically relates to a novel targeted at children or young people. Written for those with basic levels of reading comprehension and vocabulary. It should not be used solely because an original work was novelised. If you are referencing elements only in the novelisation of a work use this tag alongside the main work tag.

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Trying to identify book I read as a child. With hindsight, possibly politically incorrect

I am trying to find the name of a book I read as a child and thought people here might know. I asked this question here before some years ago, but some more details have occurred to me so I thought I ...
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Children's book about a boy travelling in space with a wolverine

Looking for a book about a boy travelling in space with a wolverine. That is all I can remember. Read in the 1960s, so could be written in, I would guess, the 1950s or 1960s. Any help is greatly ...
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Science fiction anthology meant for kids with a boarding school mind control chip and a phone that calls the past

In the early 2000s I read an anthology from my elementary school library. Two stories have stuck with me 20 years later. I'd love to find it and reread it. I distinctly remember two stories, and may ...
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Boy finds giant jumping bean

I encountered this children's story before 1995, probably in the '80s. I remember it being in a paperback book. The main character was a young boy. I think he was on holiday. The place he was staying ...
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Book: 80's/90's Novel About Animals/Magic Shapes/Dreams

I'm looking for a book I read in the early/mid 1990s. All I can remember is it focused on a girl who was maybe stuck in a dream? To leave the dream, she had to learn to cast four magical shapes. Each ...
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1980s Children's Picture Book About an Alien (Martian) Society

I read this is in elementary school (in the US) between 1980-1985. It could have been published 10 or more years earlier. It was a large, rectangular paperback and thin. The book consisted of pages of ...
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Children's' fantasy, 1970s. Grumpy and agressive rock

At school we were read a book in 1975 ish, plus or minus a couple of years, the book may have been older. Part of a small group (or couple) of children's larger adventure of discovery of their home-...
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Kids'(?) sci-fi book, clowns and robots

I remember only one small part where one of the characters, disguised as a clown, notices a small robot spying on him and throws an object at the robot, destroying it. The robots were the antagonists ...
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Kids funny short book. Involves a troop of boy scouts who go camping and meet an alien

I listened to an eight year old read this kids book to me. He had brought it home from school to read. It had lots of illustrations which the kid loved showing to me. I think the cover may have been ...
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A children's or YA book where the protagonist hasn't had their special power develop; later revealed to be a form of precognition

Okay, this one might be a challenge. I realize that "protagonist is alone in not having magical powers" is a very common trope, but I do remember some other details. I read this as a child ...
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Kids. Humorous SF/ fantasy book. A boy has fireworks spring from his head every time he gets his hair cut

It was a thin paperback kids book for maybe 8-10 year olds. I read it about 1979 in the UK. The boy protagonist may have been called Danny. It is possibly a Danny Dunn book, I read some others at the ...
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A boy and his war machine

A juvenile SF novel from the early 80s, maybe? A non-conformist boy is sent off to an authoritarian school in the middle of nowhere, but forms a partnership with a war robot prototype - there's a ...
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Children’s story about siblings who travel to an alternate universe where time runs slower

Ok so I remember reading this story in the early 2000’s, but it probably came out before then. Basically what I can recall is that it focuses on a brother and sister who found the entrance to another ...
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Boy who is also a prankster gets body swapped with his school principal

The story contains a boy, who loves to prank people and in general, just not follow the rules. The former principal, who was much more lenient retires and a new, stricter principal joins whom everyone ...
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Book about siblings in a magical world?

Okay so the I read the story ages ago, so I barely remember any details but I'd really like to read it again. Anyway, the story revolves around two siblings, their parents aren't present for whatever ...
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Kids book where the main character has metal under his skin

I read a book when I was in school in the UK, probably around year 2000, all I remember is the main character I think is found by a group of kids and they look after him. He gets increasingly unwell ...
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Fantasy book series with a school for magical hero children

I read one book from a book series while I was in primary school over a decade ago. There was a school of kids in a fantasy world of monsters and a trio of these kids go on a quest to save their ...
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Boy goes on a space mission with a human-like dog partner and encounters a lizard planet

This book was part of a series. It was aimed towards children or young adults. Nothing violent or gory. My assumption is that it was written somewhere around 2010 as it is not an old book. It's ...
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kids book about dinosaurs and time travel

A boy travels back in time to see this girl who looks after dinosaurs. I believe her name was Fern and she has ginger curly hair. I can't really remember anything else about the book, but I know he ...
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Children’s fantasy book about triplet sisters: one speaks to animals, one can turn into an animal and the last harnesses water

Read this book back in the 2000s. I remember bits and pieces of it: Triplet sisters (Hendersons I think), one has the ability to speak to animals, one can turn into an animal, panther or something, ...
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Book about a baby dragon that was left on a family’s doorstep

I need help finding a book about a child and a dragon. Unfortunately my memory of the book is very very fuzzy, but I remember that it was published in the late 90’s to early 2000’s and set in the real ...
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Kids' story about a Christmas tree that was sad because no one would buy it

There was a Christmas tree for sale but no one bought it because it had a twisted trunk. It was very sad because no one would buy it. Eventually it was thrown out with the rubbish. A woodcutter/...
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1980s sci-fi childrens' book series which taught programming in BASIC

When I was a kid, I had this book about a group of people in a spaceship, looking for a material called "magnetite", as I recall. The cover had a generic sci-fi image of said vessel, which ...
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Book about an orphan girl with orange curly hair

The book cover is dark green with gold details of leafy vines, within the vines are small drawings of things that were in the book like a crow, teddy bear and knife from what I remember I think in the ...
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Book written in different colors depending on which narrator or character is "speaking" [closed]

If anyone is able to help with this you are truly amazing because the information I am about to give is barely any and not too reliable. I think there were at least 4 font colors in the book (green, ...
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Story ID: Collection of short stories about fantasy and possibly mythological beings and places?

I read a collection of short stories as an elementary school student in Canada around 2008 to 2010. This is a book. I believe that there was a story associated with each letter of the alphabet from A ...
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Outcast Girl, power to kill and/or set people on fire with a glance, world is extremely hot, kind of scary, might include dragons

This is a book that impacted and scared me a lot as a kid, but I only have the vaguest memories except a few points that stick out. I'm also a little suspicious I might be conflating two books I read ...
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Children's fantasy story with dragons and St George

I read this when I was in primary school, which means it was written before the very early 1980s. I suspect it was written by a Brit. England is experiencing a long, hot, dry summer; it's hot enough ...
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70s illustrated children's book about a witch who lives in the attic of an old house purchased by a single mother

The plot as I remember it: A young boy and his mother move into an old house in the country (this could be set in England, not sure). I am unsure about the boy's name, but I believe his name is "...
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Chapter book where a scientist with lung cancer is abducted by aliens

I'm struggling trying to remember a book from my 3rd grade class (1993–94.) I bought it at my school book fair so it was age appropriate for grade school level. It was a chapter book about a scientist ...
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Novel where sick children are transported to a world with three types of machines controlled by the villain

I strongly remember reading this book, including large chunks of the plot and setting, except that I can't remember the author or the title. After fruitlessly wrestling with various book searching ...
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Kids story - a character grows red wings, has them cut off and replaced

While thinking about some old kids stories by Edith Nesbit and Enid Blyton, I half-recalled a fragment of a story where a character had some ointment that made them grow red wings. At one point, an ...
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Kids book where a boy is captured by a witch

Looking for a picture kids book where a farm boy gets captured by a witch. She rolls out dough the length of him to make him into a sandwich. At night her body detaches. Her arms go lay by the fire ...
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Sci-fi children's book with an alien football mascot named Mookiee?

I remember when I was EXTREMELY young, I read a very non-descript children's book with an alien character named Mookiee who served as the mascot of a middle-school football team on Earth. I can't ...
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Children's book involving demon summoning and a main character who is secretly an angel

I'm trying to figure out a book series I used to read. I know the plot revolves around a group of 3 teenagers fighting a bunch of sorcerers who draw their power from summoning demons. The group is 2 ...
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Looking for a mid 2000's children's fantasy book

I read a book in 2007-2009 in my primary school library in Australia. I remember it being a children's fantasy series, but it's possible it was one book or meant for older audiences. It started with a ...
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Young adult/children's book of adventure and mystery where the bad guys are Illuminati

I read this book when I was young, so the book should be intended for this audience. I don't think it is very old, I would say it was published after the 2000s. I read it in Spanish; I don't know the ...
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A children's novel featuring a race of spider-like aliens

Some 30 years ago when I was in the 6th grade, I remember reading an excerpt from a sci-fi novel in my English class. I don’t remember much of the story, but it did feature a race of intelligent ...
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YA/children's novel: school student who could either psychically summon images from WWII or project himself & friend back to that time

I read this novel in the early 1990s. It was English-language and set in a contemporary British town (possibly on the coast, but I'm not sure where). The viewpoint character (male -- don't recall his ...
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Looking for 1970s children's book of scary stories - person hung in their jail cell and placed a curse

In the late 1970s my sister had a children's book of scary/ghost stories. My memory is vague so some of the things I state may not be factual. The book had a soft cover and included black and white ...
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Children’s book about the child of a single parent who travels back in time and meets another child of a single parent

I’m looking for the name of a children’s book that would have been written before the 1970’s, 50’s or 60’s or possibly even earlier. It’s about a child and a single parent who move into an old ...
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Looking for Children's Sci Fi Novel about a Kid Whose Family Is Able to Create Planets

I'm trying to find the title of a book I read in middle school, around 2015. I read about the first 20-30 pages, so I only remember a few details from it. I think the plot was something like the main ...
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What's that book about an animal eating cube

I will do my best to describe this. I read this book around 2010~2012, and I lost it during hurricane Sandy so it could not have come out later than Oct 2012. White cover, minimal illustrations and ...
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Western isekai novel; boy and girl receive fantastic items for a legend-like quest

I just started wondering about the name of a novel I read in elementary school, in Finland in the 90s. It might have been the first fantasy novel I ever read, so my recollection of the elements of the ...
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1980s YA/Childrens book: valley surrounded by mountains, bunch of misfit gnome-like people repel invaders

I read this some time in the 1980s in the UK in a school library for 11-and-unders. (But that might not mean much. They had Assassins of Gor as well!) I remember it as being rather strange, and darker ...
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'80s–'90s science fiction children's book about a gold monkey robot stuck on a planet like a junkyard

Okay this one is bugging me. I remember reading this book as a kid. It was about a robot — pretty sure it also looked like a gold monkey — who was stuck on a planet like a junkyard. I remember that on ...
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1980s children's storybook about a boy's journey from Earth to Mars

I’m looking for a children's storybook from the '80s about a boy who moves from Earth to Mars. The book came with a cassette with the boy narrating. I recall the intro man's voice saying, "this ...
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Kids’ picture book involving a friendly robot taking kids around the galaxy

I recall reading a book frequently in the late-80s or early-90s, but cannot remember the name and would love to find the book for my son. In the book, a group of kids are taken around the galaxy by a ...
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Children's book series in which a device is used to view images

The first book in the series has the main character's parents travel back in time with him at which point they get trapped and he makes it back leaving him without his parents and unsure of where they ...
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70’s children’s book about a boy with a magic can of paint

This was a book I read as small child. A little boy has a magic can of paint. When he first paints with it the colors are terrible. Then when the sun rises the next morning it is beautiful. A king ...
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