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Questions tagged [childrens-novel]

A novel targeted at children or young people. Written for those with basic levels of reading comprehension & vocabulary.

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Book about a kid growing up in a colony on another planet with his father, meets a girl also in the colony and they explore together

Remember reading a book in elementary school in the 90's about a kid who was on a different planet with his father (a colonizer I think) and I think they must have had a school for the children and he ...
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Science fiction/fantasy book I read 50 years ago. Took place on the planet Venus

I remember loving this book when I was in middle school It took place on the planet Venus. It was all ocean. There were sea horses (their leader was named Belleraphon) and porpoises and mermaids. A ...
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Squeezable, boneless alien pets. Possibly furry. Children's sci fi, circa the '80s?

Does anyone remember a children's sci fi book that features boneless alien pets that are highly squeezable? My extremely fuzzy recollection is that these aliens are furry and friendly, perhaps like ...
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Novel about a boy who went to a fantasy world [closed]

I'm trying to find a book (or series?) I vaguely remember reading in a school library, somewhere between 1995 and 1998. Its target audience would have been about 8-14 year old boys. It was a ...
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Children's Book - Boy Develops Psychic Powers After Falling in Pond Sludge

This is a chapter book that I would have read in the early/mid 2000s, though I suspect it was published closer to the 90s or late 80s as it wasn't new when I read it. It was given to me as a kid's ...
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Book about missing sister, magical world in a chasm, and griffins

I’ve been desperately searching for a book I read as a child in the early 2000’s. I was born in ’92 and would’ve been somewhere between 8 and 12 when I read this book. I’m a bit fuzzy on details but ...
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Children's book/story about ghosts allergic to wood

I have vague memories of reading a story/book as a child, ~15 years ago. Story points: The vast majority of the world's inhabitants are ghosts These ghosts turn normal humans into other ghosts by ...
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Children's book about a man fighting his future-self to prevent the end of the world

It was part of a long series written by numerous unnamed writers. In one of the books, the protagonist is fighting a fat old man who lives in a motorized chair, who is a wealthy CEO, and is bringing ...
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Children's book: Book of curious machines

I'm looking for a children's book I had as a kid in the late '80s or early '90s (and am fairly certain it was new at that time). I live in Canada, but I can't say if it's a Canadian book or not; ...
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80s/90s children's sci-fi novel where children play a game where they are insects

It's a science fiction and maybe horror book for kids written in either the 80s or 90s. I'm fairly certain it's part of a series with different authours for each book. I’m also fairly certain that the ...
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90s illustrated children's story book about two factions of alien creatures called “Blobs” and “Creeps”

I remember reading this book when I was 9 or 10. I might have been younger than 10, maybe 8 or so. In any case it was in 1998/1999 if I remember correctly. The actual book might have been published ...
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Children's fiction book about the multiverse

The book contains a multiverse which is explained as follows: The multiverse is infinite parallel realities almost in the shape of a sphere with layers closer to the center being better (more ...
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Illustrated children’s book with Ewok like creatures crashing spaceship in a forest

I work in a library and we had a young patron give us a description of a children's picture book that she can't remember the title of. She's been looking for this book for a long time and no one ...
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Creepy children's book where a homunculus was made

I'm trying to remember a book I read when in around 2010-2011. I live in Britain, so it was probably by a British author and set in England. I don't remember if it was an old or new book (but it was ...
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Book Identification - Children's sci-fi book about videogame aliens

So when I was a kid, I remember reading a book about a kid playing a popular videogame, except all over the world, ships are starting to appear less and less in the levels. At one point, he's ...
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1980s Kids book series about a sports star who played a game similar to American football and joins a war against aliens

I'm looking to track down a series of short books I read in the late 1980s in the UK. I think they were between 8-12 books quite short (100 pages at most) with a different bold colour for each cover. ...
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Fantasy graphic novel of a medieval world with no adults

It's a fantasy graphic novel I read about five years ago, about a medieval fantasy world that, for some reason, has no more adults, so just kids have to deal with everything. Does anyone have a clue ...
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Last elf hunted by evil people using a gem to locate him

It was a story about an elf that should be the last elf, and he was hunted. After his elders died (I can't remember whether it's his elders) he left his hometown to somewhere (I vaguely remember that ...
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Sci-fi anthology for kids of alien stories - aliens lure humans into a garbage disposal and put them in zoos

One of the stories was about the aliens building an invisible structure and they play music that calls all the humans to it. The main character is pulled away from it and is angry even though he knows ...
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Children's book on travelling through portal rings to other realms done by young girl held at an institution

This children's novel was from around the 1970s or early 1980s. Chris changes shape to fit into each realm. The guards follow her each time. She later finds she is a clone of the scientist Christine, ...
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Children's book about fairies and purple cards with poems

I don’t remember much but it was a children's book. I’m pretty sure it was about fairies, inside there were small inserts that were purple pieces of card with poems on.
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Children's book of true ghost stories from the 1980/90s

I looked through other questions but couldn't see anything like what I'm looking for. I checked out a collection of ghost stories every year from my elementary school library, so from about 1993-...
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70s kids novel. Boy saved by “guardian devil” from accident

Looking for a book from the 70's about a bratty kid who was always getting in trouble. One day while climbing a tree he falls out and is saved by his "guardian devil". He jokes that he will call this ...
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Children's story series about a chemistry set

In elementary school in the US in the 1970's, our teacher read to us from a series of stories about a boy who receives a chemistry set from a mysterious old woman. She then gives him recipes to make ...
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Novel series where kids crew a snail shell shaped ship [duplicate]

Very vague on the details. I would have read these books in the late 80s, possibly around '87-'88. They were in my school library, which had students from age 6 to 10, so would have been age ...
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1980's Young Adult UFO novel

Published in the '80s for the YA audience. Teenage boy is kidnapped by UFO & after some missing time is returned to Earth, unharmed & with no memory of what happened. The boy never remembers ...
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Book I read about a tin horse [closed]

I have a very fuzzy recollection of a book I read in primary school in the early 1980's. It was about a few children and from what I remember a tin horse. However, I also seem to think there were ...
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Book series for kids with boy and stones that went on belt [duplicate]

I remember reading a book series during elementary school that had a boy who found a magic stone that went into a belt. I think that he kept finding more of them to keep them from who/whatever the ...
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Children's story about dwarf/gnome chased by his own shoes?

This was an old short story published some time before 1996 (possibly decades before), and was published as part of a collection of short stories. It may be in some way related to Maurice Sendak--...
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Looking for surrealist/ridicule book about a boy with a wingsuit

I've been looking for the name of that book for a time now, I remember it to be quite funny. Here is what I remember about it: I read it in French. I remember that it was a book for kids (from 8 to ...
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Children's Novel, Early 2000's, Talking Tattoos

I can't remember terribly much about the book. I think it was fairly large for a child. The main character is a teenage girl. She is part of a family/clan who all have very specific superpowers. They ...
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Early 2000's Children's Book With Rhubarb Farm

I'm looking for a novel. It was fairly thick for a young child (maybe 200-300 pages), and I read it in the early-mid 2000's, around 2004. The story revolved around a rhubarb farm that grew enormous ...
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Fantasy children's-book, young girl with fey parentage, a few memorable descriptions

I vaguely recall reading this book some fifteen years ago, but would give good odds it was old when I first read it (but not yet yellowing). Certainly the setting felt old. It might also have been ...
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Children's story about snake transformed into man

I found this in the children's section of a library probably in the vicinity of the year 2000 or so, and have not been able to find it since. The book was illustrated (with watercolor?) in a style ...
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Children’s book about a girl who’s pulled into another dimension through a pond?

I remember reading a book in middle school about a young girl (pretty sure her name was Mabel) who followed a cat to a pond out in the woods. Something (can’t remember what) pulled her into the lake ...
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Book series - child thieves tasked to seek out artifacts - one had a glass eye with lockpicks in it - ambiguous fantasy

I have a vague idea that I ran into this book series on this site, but I can't seem to locate it. The primary protagonist is a teenager and a genius hacker. He was either an orphan or wasn't fond of ...
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Looking for children's book, future archaeologists uncover modern-day items [duplicate]

About twenty years ago (so, late 90s, but the book could've been older) I remember my mother read me a book. The basic premise was that for some reason, modern society had collapsed, been destroyed, ...
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Help find a childhood book

Okay so from what I remember the story takes place in a (boring?) gray world and the main character is a girl (maybe around 12). I don't remember how but the girl ended up in a different (realm? world?...
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Old juvenile novel about a kid's baseball or softball team which somehow was “powered up” by drinking special potions

I remember reading this back in the early 1980s. I probably checked it out from a public library no later than 1984, and I don't think it was brand new at the time. It was in hardback, in English, and ...
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1960s fantasy young adult novel about seals

Around 1967(?) I got a new hardback from the library which was profoundly eerie, otherworldly and way more serious, anti-social and disturbing than most young adult novels of that time. It might have ...
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Children/young-adult fantasy book from 80's - 90's that turns out to be science fiction

I'm searching for a book I read as a child in the mid 90's. Might be older, but had more of a 80's feel than 50's feel to it. I read it in Swedish, but it was probably a translation from English. I ...
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Collection of short stories that take place in space I read in middle school. I got it from a Christian bookstore.

I’m pretty sure the title had to do with Mars. The book cover had a lot of blues and greens, with what I think was a planet in the center. I only remember a few stories/scenes, but I’ll do my best to ...
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A fantasy novel about a female baseball player

Probably being a children's book, I imagine this one could be difficult. But worth a shot, right? I remember a book... It was published before… let’s conservatively say 2007, since my mom read it to ...
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Children's book about a cat accepted into Heaven

I had an old answer of mine pop up, and it made me suddenly remember a book I read when I was in elementary school, probably around the 1988-1992 timeframe. The basic plot of it is that, at the start, ...
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Looking for an old sci-fi book series

Ok, so this is a total shot in the dark, but here goes... When I was in 4th grade (around 1982) there was a series of sci-fi books for kids or teens in the library at school. All I can remember about ...
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Extremely old child's picture book of alien zoo

I read this about 1950, and I'd guess it was published in the 1940s, probably postwar. A child visits a zoo with all alien critters; I believe it's set on earth, but no guarantees. There's no ...
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Identifying a Wizard of Oz-esque children's novel

I read this (English, medium-length) novel about 8 or so years ago, though the copy I received seemed a good few years older. I am Australian, so there is a higher likelihood that it was an Australian ...
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Title of short story of newly discovered color

My daughter is trying to recall a book she read as a child in the 90's that contained a short story about a boy who dug up and discovered a new color in his backyard. Then his family has to buy a new ...
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Picture Book with a Ghost House with No Door

Around 1982, I got a picture book of connected ghost stories out of the library. I don't remember much about it, except that there were some elements in the first story that were rather striking. ...
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Short series of 1980's children's SF books

I'm trying to identify a series of children's books from the UK/Ireland from the 1980's. It was a short (3 or 4) set of short (Ladybird-type-format) books, which in retrospect were probably a Dr. Who ...