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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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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Kids' short story, an alien kid body-swaps with her Earth pen-pal to get away from bad alien world?

Story is a normal Earth girl is meeting her alien pen pal, who she talks to about everything. When the pen pal arrives, the girl goes with her in her flying (?) car and hears more about the alien ...
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What is the oldest story in which a kid made a spaceship out of junk?

What is the oldest story in which a kid made a spaceship out of junk? In the 1960s I read an inspiring English-language children's book that was based on the premise of kids building a spaceship from ...
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Book about winged boy who befriends two children?

I read this book when I was younger. I think it was an older book, but I’m not sure. In the book, a brother and a sister live with a mom who works all the time. They meet a boy with wings / who can ...
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Children's or young adult science fiction book about a human "alien" raised among uplifted animals

I remember seeing a book in my elementary (or possibly middle school) library that I would like to locate again. It was something that I wanted to read, but then I think the book disappeared, so I ...
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Children's novel — Girl living with grandmother travels to fantasy realm through a tree

It was a magical fantasy type of novel, where a girl living with I believe it was her grandmother goes through to a magical realm from a tree in their garden (I believe this tree was on the cover and ...
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Children's book about a boy taken to a game-based afterlife, helped by a devil named Bub, short for Beelzebub

I remember reading this book over and over as a child. The protagonist is a bit of a troublemaker, and loves games and jokes. An accident happens (I don't remember what exactly) and he wakes up in a ...
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Help me identify this science fiction graphic novel involving spacefaring mice/rats that I read in 2013

I have been looking for the name of this sci-fi graphic novel that I read in 2013. I do not remember the name of the novel, only a brief summary of the story. Here it goes: The story is set on board ...
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Kids living with grandparents on an old space ship that doesn't need to launch from a cradle

Children's sci fi novel: space ship did not need to be launched from a cradle unlike the newer ships. children disappearing on school trip to uninhabited planet. Standing stones activated by music. ...
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Comic book series about dystopian child regime

My memories are somewhat vague on this one. I remember receiving 2 volumes of this series from my aunt when I was a child (somewhere around 10 - I'm now 21). The two books were set in a world that ...
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Book (probably for children/young teens) with a teaspoon that sighs a lot

I'm trying to find a fantasy book I read, back in 2000 or shortly after. Unfortunately, I remember next to nothing about it. It would have been aimed at a young audience (I was in my early teens when ...
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Short story ID. Astronauts use hover bikes to traverse alien maze

I am trying to identify a short story in a children's anthology of Science Fiction stories. I read it in the early 1980's in the UK. The book was illustrated and had the look of the hardback "...

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