Questions tagged [childrens-novel]

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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Can anyone else recall this book as I do? I have forgotten the title

I am looking for a children's book about a girl called Matilda de Chetwynd who gets brought forward to our times (1970's) when the book was written. The main character (who is rather naughty) goes ...
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Story about a boy and girl who get powers from a magical field

I remember a story from when I was a kid about a boy and a girl who got powers and then lost them. I’ll try to tell you what I remember, and hopefully somebody will know what I’m talking about and ...
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Story about a ship that changes size and a group of siblings

I'm trying to identify the a children's fantasy book. My sense is that it's pretty old (before 1950) but I could be wrong. At the beginning of the book, one of the boys in the group buys a little ...
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Title of a children's book about a young Pegasus who fall from heaven and ends up working in a Circus on a high wire, from the 1950's I think

Book from the 1960's or '50s. A picture book with bright bold illustrations. An image of baby Pegasus in a cloud field in the sky with its mother and other winged horses. It fall through a gap in the ...
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Children's sci fi book from '90s/early 2000s that had a cover with two kids, and a ringed planet in the background

I'm trying to find a book I read in grade school roughly 15 years ago. It probably was aimed at middle school/teens. I only remember small details from it. The cover was in that painted pulp fiction ...
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Children's/YA fantasy book where the protagonist starts in a maze and figures out how to climb atop the maze walls in order to see exit

I read this book in the mid-1980s as a child myself from a Texas elementary school library. I seem to recall the protagonist beginning a long journey possibly with food provisions (cheese?) that ...
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70s/80s children's book about space colonist boy who realises by telepathy that the aliens are sentient

I must have read this in the early 1980s in the UK; possibly a 1970s publication. It was a children's novella about a boy who's part of a human space colonist family on a planet inhabited by aliens ...
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Story about a boy with gills who travelled in seaweed and kids could travel with him and breathe underwater

My friend and I were trying to remember a book we read in middleschool in the 1980s about a boy who arrrived with seaweed. He had gills and webbed hands and feet and land Children were able to swim ...
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Children's book about merpeople

I have a vague memory of a book where the protagonist is a human child but transforms into a mer-person and has guided adventures with a group of mer. I recall that the merfolk come in a large variety ...
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Looking for a children's book about a boy who gets arrested and taken to space

The book is about a young earth boy who gets arrested by alien police. The police officer is like a wookie and has an universal translator earring. The boy has been arrested for supposedly killing a ...
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Book about boy and animal going to top of world with interesting shape

My girlfriend vaguely remembers reading a book when she was in elementary school about a boy and an animal (she thinks it’s a donkey or a horse) traveling through the layers of an unusually shaped ...
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Dystopian collective farm that grows corn, possibly on space station. Workers must confess to & report all petty crimes

Another one I posted on Goodreads, but haven't got anywhere with. Age group: children / teens Date: 1970s / 80s (read it late 80s / early 90s). Nation of origin: unknown (but probably not Australian). ...
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Children's/ Teen novel: Boy protagonist sent through a maze on futuristic space station that keeps getting harder. Read in 1980s

I posted this on Goodreads, but thought it might be good to get ideas from a more specialised group. Age group: children / teens Date: 1970s / 80s (read it mid to late 80s). Origin: British or ...
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1990s children's book with environmental message about a child flying in his bed

I remember reading this book as a child in the early- to mid-90s. A little boy is woken by someone (possibly a talking owl?) who takes him on a journey by causing his bed to fly to different parts of ...
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Childrens book series from mid to late 80s featuring family living on spaceship

The book series I am thinking of featured a family of mother, father and two brothers living on a fairly ramshackle spaceship, each book was about 150-200 pages long, aimed probably at the 9-12 age ...
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Help finding the title of a children's story with travels through mirrors and the chambers of a shell

Could you help me find the title of a children's fantasy book? There was a scene where children were climbing through a mirror, but the mirror had many mirror reflections inside of it. The children ...
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Children's book from the eighties where a boy builds a computer he names Alec to solve crimes at school

About a boy who builds a computer I think he names alec and uses to solve crimes at school.
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What is this children's story about an inventor and son who live underground and fight rich men who hunt living cheese? [duplicate]

I read this book around 15 years ago. The main character of the story is a young boy and his (I think adopted) father, who live underground. The boy goes above ground at night to scavenge food. I ...
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20th century kids' fantasy novel with a castle on the cover

During the early 1960s, I noticed, but never read, a children's fantasy novel in the children's room of the Abington Library in Jenkintown, PA. I think that it was a fantasy novel because the ...
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The Gilead Bomb by David Sinclair — Names of Alien Species

Does anyone have a copy of The Gilead Bomb by David Sinclair? If so, can you do me a solid and look up the names of the alien species mentioned? (There's no ebook version available.) I have an ...
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Children's book about a kid traveling out of his body during sleep in New York city

Children's book about a kid traveling out of his body during sleep in New York city while visiting his grandfather. Then meets Babe Ruth, etc.
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Fantasy book about walking backwards in a graveyard to an alternate fantasy world

I used to read a series of children's 9-12 or young adult aged books, the last time I read this book was at least 15 years ago when I was about 12 years old. It was about a group of 4 children (2 boys ...
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Does anybody remember a book where a boy finds an alien watch and it allows him to time travel?

When I was in 7th grade, I read a book that I absolutely loved. It was about a boy who finds an alien watch like device that allows him to travel back in time. I loved it because it showed some of the ...
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Looking for the name of a short illustrated story from the 1970s/80s about a group of ladybirds that are enslaved by other insects

I'm trying to find the name of a short illustrated story from the 1970s or 1980s that was contained in a larger book. The story is aimed at children but has an adult art style. It is very well drawn ...
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YA book, maybe through Scholastic, girl transported to fantasy world to save princesses, helped by dwarf

I know I've found this book before. I read it somewhere in the late 1980s to the early 1990s. It was short, maybe 30 pages or so, and involved a young girl on the bus, on her way to school, who I ...
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Children's story: Boy travels with knight to the castle

When I was a child in the 90's, we had some cassette tapes with some stories. This one was about a boy who rides with a knight to the castle, with the hope to become a knight. Things I remember from ...
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Help Finding a Story about Telepathic Kids

The book involves something about polluted river water that seems to actually be contributing to some people's ability to read minds. Sound familiar to anyone?
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Story identification - Childrens' Sci-Fi circa 1980s

Trying to identify a futuristic sci-fi with last remains of humanity (a boy?) lives in the wilderness hunting etc. allied with some mutant bear (maybe red?) called Baer. Some sort of control is ...
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Children's book about a child that falls into a puddle and travels through a dark, twisted realm

In the 1990s, when I was a child living in England (UK), I had an illustrated story book that my mother had bought me which was about a young child who falls into a puddle on a rainy day. When the ...
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Children's novel about a boy and girl who slip back in time to the Roman days in England

Decades ago, I read a story where a boy and girl slipped back in time to the Roman days in England. It was the first time travel story I read and fascinated me. The kids knew they were speaking ...
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(French?) children's book with color-coded leprechauns/korrigans with acronym passphrases

I borrowed this children's book from a library somewhere before 2009 (most likely before 2007). It was written in French and I wouldn't think it was translated from another language, so it was most ...
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1980s children's book (possibly duology) about cloned boys

What I remember: Published no later than 1990, probably more like 1985 Near future setting, possibly featuring a vague Eastern/Western cold war scenario A boy of ~10 learns that he has a clone of the ...
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Children's book (possibly short story) with a "spongy" remote control that affects people

A boy buys a video cassette player with a remote control at a jumble sale, or car boot sale. It was described as being made from a "spongy" material, and was possibly green (and maybe pink, ...
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ID: kids' novel, alternate universes, suits designed by disappeared father

I'm trying to identify a English-language kids' SF novel, I would have read this as a library hardcover some time before 1980. To the best of my recollection: Protagonists were subadult brother and ...
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Children's novel: Children create slightly imperfect duplicates, starting with mug

Children's novel in English, read late 80s/early 90s, I believe recent at the time and set in the present. A group of children find a way to make duplicate of objects (this may have involved immersing ...
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Children's novel where girl agrees to be replaced by robot/clone [duplicate]

This was a children's or YA novel I read in the 80s or 90s, I think relatively recent at the time. Written in English. Sent in the present day (as was), a girl is fed up with her life and accepts an ...
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Looking for a children's book about a boy who drifts to a mysterious island on an inflatable tube after being washed out to sea [closed]

The story based in Britain is, as far as I can remember, about a boy who falls asleep on an inflatable tube at sea - while on a family holiday to the beach. He then drifts to a mysterious island whose ...
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Book with children from three different worlds

I remember quite a lot about this one, it'll probably be instantly recognisable to anyone who happens to have read the book and remember what it was called. There were three children summoned to go on ...
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Children's fantasy book with black and gold "urchins" (hedgehogs)

I remember a fantasy book in which one of the elements was magic hedgehogs, only they called them “urchins.” There were ones with gold spines and ones with black spines, and the black ones' spines ...
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Which book is it with a planet having animals which taste/ sense with their feet?

I need help identifying a book that I had read years ago. It's probably a children's book, which might be a part of a series. The plot is set on a distant planet, with two species of animals if I ...
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YA/kids' book featuring a kid and an alien whose preferred pronoun is "it" rather than "he" or "she" [duplicate]

There's a book I read in the late '90s that I'm trying to remember. Here's what I remember: An alien whose preferred pronoun is "it" The scene I remember very vividly is one of the aliens ...
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Children's fantasy book that involved magic based in belief, and scarecrow style protectors [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify this series I read around 15 years ago. It was a fantasy trilogy, the first book had hints of Narnia to it, it started with a girl and her brother being sucked into another ...
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1950-60s children's book about a boy whose neighbor builds a spaceship and he flies it to outer space

The older, male, neighbor was key - Mr. ?somebody? actually started building the spaceship in his garage or a shed. One book might have been "Something in Outer Space"? Neighbor might have ...
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Kids' book where kids foil alien invasions (early 2000s)

I read a kids' book in the early 2000s (probably by 2004, almost certainly by 2006) whose name I'm trying to remember: It was probably newish when I read it, almost certainly less than ten years old. ...
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Children / tweens book about a girl who travels (possibly through a portal) from a remote mountain style village to a city / town

Thhe main character is a young girl. Story begins in a remote mountain style village, but she (maybe through a portal) travels to a city / town. Not modern day. She is sort of helped by a big man who ...
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Little girl goes to Asgard to return Freya's necklace

This is a long shot, but does anyone happen to know what this children's book is? I'm not 100% sure about any of the following details, but here they are. A little girl went up to Asgard, the home of ...
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A girl raised by a robot, utopian children's book

I can't remember the name, or the author or a lot about the book. It was a children's book, I read it around 2010-2011, the illustrations were very pretty, almost watercolor-like, a lot of pink and ...
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Kids/YA chapter book series with a group of kids from 2006ish and I think the title is an acronym or looks/sounds like the word "people"

I don't remember much but the cover was pretty simple, just one color. Gave me Stargirl vibes. It was about a group of kids. They had an acronym for what they called either themselves or the adults ...
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Tourists remove stakes from dead vampires for tent pegs

Long shot. I remember this one silly incident from a children's book where tourists wandered into a spooky crypt and saw skeletons with wooden stakes in their chests. They collect up the stakes and ...
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Children's book - front cover displays blonde child playing flute in a field

The book is about a part-magical child who was born again into a human family. He has only one line on his palm, unlike other humans and doesn't know who is magical mother was. I believe it's a middle-...
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