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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Was “The Hobbit” ever abridged?

I know the Hobbit was written as a children's book (tale?) and I saw this when I searched the site for similar questions to this one. The story itself can certainly be regarded as almost a fairy tale ...
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Book about a babysitter who takes children to a fantasy world

I'm trying to remember the title of a children's book I remember very little about the book itself except that it was about a babysitter who took the children she babysat to some kind of fantasy world....
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Book with a magical school in a castle that might have “chronicles” in the title

In late elementary-early middle school I read this series I got from the scholastic reader pamphlet. I can't remember what it was titled to save my life. It may have had "chronicles" in the title. It ...
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Fantasy Story About A Boy And Girl That Enter A Fantasy World Pre-1994

This was read pre-1994 (most likely pre 1990). I do not know if it was old or new. It was a novel but most likely under 60,000 words -- so probably read by 7th, 8th or 9th graders. It felt like a ...
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Children's picture book about a king destroying his kingdom trying to dig up a gigantic precious stone

I'm looking for the name of a book I read as a child. As I recall, it was in picture book format with illustrations of every page. The plot of the book involved someone digging down and finding an ...
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60s (or earlier) children's picture book about a flower-eating bird

About 1963 or so I read a children's picture book about a large bird, shaped something like a turkey, that acquired the colors of the flowers it ate, and so was able to camouflage itself successfully ...
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Children's short story about material that accelerates away from gravity

I am looking for a children's short story about a scientist that invents a material that is pushed away from other matter. It accelerates away from gravity instead of towards it. He makes several ...
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Kid's story: freed witch causes strange weather

I believe I got this from a BookMobile in the US, around 1973. Set in 1950s or 1960s. A child (from the city, or maybe from the US) is sent to live with relatives in rural England, maybe for summer ...
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90's book about children climbing a tree and visiting different worlds from there

In the 90's I read a book about two children (I think they were siblings, boy and girl) who climbed a tree. At the end they found a door to another world. After some time the (fantasy) worlds switched ...
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Children's picture puzzle book, got a kid trying to avoid traps from dying

I remember reading this book in the 3rd grade or something, and it had a kid going back through time or going through dimensions. He's trying to go back to his Grandfather or uncle's house, and the ...
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Child's picture book; fantasy story with a green lizard in human clothes

So, I have been trying a couple of times to find the name of a book from my childhood by googling to the best of my ability, so far without success. I remember being fascinated by the pictures of the ...
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Children's book— siblings, Michael Faraday, kid in a coma

I have searched google in so many ways without being able to identify this children's book. All I remember was that I read it in the US in the late 70's or 80's, there were 2-3 siblings, 1 girl and 2 ...
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Children’s books about a ghostly or magical world that intermingles with our own - not Harry Potter

I read these books in the late 1980s, no earlier than 1987 and no later than 1988. The setting of the books is the modern world, but with a ghostly or hidden world intermingled with it - in a similar ...
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Children's book about a boy who travels to the future, using Coca-Cola syrup for negative friction

I remember reading this (old) book when I was about ten years old, in 2012. It was already old then, I think it's from around the 1980s. I can only remember a few things from it: They used Coca-Cola ...
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1970s or 80s kids' book series about friendly android doppelgangers

There was a series of books in my school library when I was a kid (1990s, US) about a future where human-like androids were common. The main character was a kid who got his own android double in the ...
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1960s French (?) novel about two couples in a machine that burrows into the earth

This could be a children's/YA book as I read it (from local library) around age 10, which would be early 70s. Details are sketchy but I remember it as being about two French couples and one of the ...
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Children's novel about a boy's encounter with an alien called “The Ancient” aboard a ship

Trying to identify a novel I read - probably in the 1950s or 1960s - about a cabin boy on board a sea-going freighter who battles with an alien called "The Ancient" who has taken over the ship. The ...
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A fantasy adventure book based on Old Greek Myths and Medusa

The book was probably made in the 1990 or 1980. on the cover is a man in dark clothes with dark hair holding a medusa head at the head of a table during a feast while everyone turns to stone. ...
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60's or 70's book where kids find interdimensional portal

It was a kid or young adult book. A bunch of kids find a disk or coin-like object that can be activated into a room or fort. I think they could travel to another dimension or planet though this fort....
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SciFi book with man and woman traveling across planets in a three seater cycle, with their pet dog

I remember reading a SciFi book as a child! It involved a man and a woman, possibly sibilings traveling across different planets in a three seater cycle along with their pet dog! The book must be from ...
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Bugs Bunny picture book involving a machine that creates carrots

I was suddenly struck with a memory of a Bugs Bunny book I read as a child (I probably read it in the 1980 to 1990 time frame, but I'm pretty sure it was a book that had been in the house for longer ...
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Kids' book about a boy in parallel universes

Media: Children's book. Cover: It had a 2D drawing of the kid and maybe some planets on the cover. Year read: 2009-2012 (as a kid in kindergarten to second grade). Written sometime between 2000 and ...
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Middle grade novel about two kids in an underwater city, one coming from the surface; they get involved with a gang

I read this novel in 2016 in school. The target audience was probably 8-12 years old. It was in hardcover and seemed new. The cover had a dark background with blue writing or drawings. I think the ...
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Children's Book of short stories about dragons

I am desperate to find a book I owned around 2005. It was a collection of short stories about dragons, and I'm sure that some of them had been published elsewhere and were by well-known authors. I ...
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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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Kids' book about boys finding a disc from a planet called “Eyopee”

I read this children's book in 1964 or 1965. In the novel in question, one or two young boys find a metal disc that he or they hammer on to the nose of a backyard spaceship he or they built, giving ...
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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 ...