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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UK scifi book with children kidnapped in spaceship

I read a library book in the late 60s. Set in the UK, a man takes five children for a ride in a spaceship, intending to "save them" from pending destruction of Earth. Nerdy Brillo is able to ...
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Book about two kids going to the moon with an old scientist

There was a children's book I used to have which I believe was about two kids who go to space and the moon (I think it's the moon) with an old guy (maybe a grandpa or just a crazy looking scientist) ...
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Children's book about boy who rescues alien babies

OK, maybe somebody here can help me out on this one, because I've scoured the Internet for this book with no luck. It was a long-ish picture book (more words than pictures) about a kid who lived on a ...
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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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Help me find this book! [closed]

I’ve been looking everywhere for a particular book that I read years ago. All I can remember is that it was kids with powers who took a bunch of tests to join a special group. The guy that gives them ...
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Sci-fi puzzle/game book involving an alien world/planet

I'm looking for a book I remember loving as a child. I borrowed it from the library several times, I believe between 2000 and 2009, but I imagine it was published a while before this. It was an A4 (I ...
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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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Children's book in a fantasy world

I'm pretty sure that this book is the last of a series. I only read the beginning.Based on the back-cover description, the story is set in another world that is populated by fantastic creatures. For ...
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Book about kids sent back in time on a plane

I was reading a book, it may or may not have been part of a series. It was about a group of friends who later discover that they are adopted. Through some other adventures, they also discover that ...
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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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90s teen novel about an alien invasion in a small farm town. Showdown in the school at the end of the novel

I read this story in the early 2000's, found it in a hospital gift shop. The story centered around a small town where the kids begin to notice that the adults are acting strangely. I remember there ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Trying to find story: "Knapsack" encryption with prisms and computers

I'm trying to find a story I read in a printed book in the UK around 1990. It was aimed at kids, probably about computers, and had some line drawings. The only bit I can really remember is a couple ...
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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 where the hills are actually a giant laying down and witches are common

This is a children's book that I read as a child in the UK, which would have been mid to late 1980s. Unfortunately I cannot remember much about it. The details that stick in my mind are: It was ...
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Trying to remember the name of a grade-school book about an alien in a cereal box

When I was a kid (Grade school, Elementary, can't remember the exact grade, but it was between 1992 and 1999) I read a book about a kid who found an alien in his cereal. This alien informed him that ...
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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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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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Seeking a children's story about a magic umbrella

My younger brother, when was about eight, in the late 1980s, bought a book from a school book order. It was probably 50 to 100 pages long, divided into chapters, with a few black and white sketch ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Vintage childrens' fantasy about a boy who bites a dragon claw and can hear the dragon thoughts

I read it in the sixties and it was about a young boy about ten, who had to go and stay in the English countryside where there were a lot of so-called 'dragon' mounds. I can't remember anything about ...
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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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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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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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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 man and a woman (a boy and a girl?) on a mountain with a dragon

This is a childhood memory viewed dimly decades later. I am pretty sure that I read it before 1990, and the odds are decent that it was written before that because it was a book either we or my ...
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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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Help identifying a story where kids discover some kind of wormhole in a garden

This is going to be unfortunately vague (I read these books as a kid...some 15/20 years ago). What I can remember is that the stories/books had a dark atmosphere, that the main characters were young, ...
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Looking for a 1970s/80s children's book about pirates in space

The characters were white, (I don't mean white as in Caucasian, I mean white as in a Casper the friendly ghost or a Moomin or something) cartoon-like things, there was a big floating pirate ship, and ...
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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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1980's or early 90's children's book about a girl who was a clone of a scientist

I'm looking for the title of a book I read in the mid 90's, but it may have been older. It was about a girl who was a clone of a female scientist who had died before her research was completed. She ...

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