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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Children's fantasy series with a symbol consisting of a circle divided into quarters

I read this book series as a kid back in the late 1970s, so it's an old series - and my memories are similarly old, and vague. I know it's a fantasy series. I think there are 4 books in the series. ...
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And now, for something completely different: The mushrooms are among us

I'm talking about at least two juvenile sci-fi novels, read between second and fourth public grades (U.S.A.) which for me places them around 1956-9. The protagonists are a brother and sister, ...
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Book identification: technologically-enhanced man (1970s/80s YA)

I have very vague impressions of a book I must have read as a child/teenager in the 1980s (so probably published in the UK in the 1970s or early 1980s). It featured a man who had been technologically ...
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Children's science fiction book series and tv show

I'm looking for a sf story that was broadcast on BBC children's TV in the early 1980's, probably as part of the long running Jackanory series. Based on what i recall of other events at the time of ...
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Teenagers taken from their worlds; attracted to colored gems which give them special powers [duplicate]

Long ago (15 years?), I partially read a novel which I really liked. I don't remember the title or full plot of it. I would be grateful if some one can identify it from the limited plot below: Three (...
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Children's novel: three children (plus dog?) travel to the Moon in pretend spaceship turned real

I remember a children's novel that I read in the late 1970s / early 1980s about three children travelling to the Moon. There were some illustrations; I think the colour scheme of those was black, ...
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Identify Story: Dystopian Children's Novel About Subterranean Class System [duplicate]

This is a book that haunted me for years. A girl lives on a very low level of an ant-hill-like society where most people live underground (supposedly due to a polluted surface). Most of the people ...
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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 books, one in space setting, the other in a jungle

When I was little I remember getting these two books from the library. Both books were paperback and flimsy. The pages were wide. Each book had full page illustrations with puzzles and mazes in ...
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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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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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Children's fantasy book where two boys enter a parallel world through the principal's office where math and poetry were magic [duplicate]

Read this as a kid in the early 80s. Two boys in our world get in a fight at school, but when they enter the principal's office they are transported to a parallel world. As I recall, they had to work ...
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Tracking down an old sci-fi book

I'm trying to track down an old sci-fi book I read when I was a teenager. The book was at the Cottage Grove, OR Public Library around 1982-1985. The plot followed a brother and sister who were ...
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YA Fantasy featuring a giant blob and a warrior

My teacher read us "A Wrinkle In Time" when I was in the seventh grade, about 1980. At the end of this book, there was one chapter from another book, sort of a promotional sample. It featured a ...
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Space travel with spores or mushrooms [duplicate]

Years ago (35 or so) I read a series of books about kids who met a Mr. Bass. They travel in space and it involved spores or mushrooms. I'd like to find them again. I think my kid would like them. Can ...
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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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What is the name of...sci/fi trilogy...aliens invade earth and kids destroy their domes

I hope someone can help; I read this trilogy in 1970(!) about aliens that invaded earth. Because they couldn't breathe our air, they contained their cities under large domes. In the end, the main ...
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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 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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Boy finds cave with ruins of a tiny civilization

About 25 years ago I read a book that for years I've tried to find. I remember nothing of the title or author, but I do remember the plot. My last question about a novel worked out so well I thought I'...
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Children's sci-fi story about a group of British(?) school children who find an alien animal

I am looking for a children's novel published anytime from late 1950's through early 1980's. The story is about some British(?) schoolchildren (assuming ages 9 through 13 here) that find a strange ...
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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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Name of the SciFi book where boy finds a crash-landed robot spaceship

I am looking for the author / title of a short illustrated story about a robot (humanoid form) that crash-landed on planet earth and a boy finds the wreck. He climbs into it and goes up to the head ...
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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 sci-fi book with an alien named Yacob looking for a kid with technology

I am trying to remember the title of a children's SF book I once read, maybe 20 to 25 odd years ago. I don't have a great number of details (and some of what I recall may be completely wrong), but ...
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A children's book series about a farm that grows massive food

There was a series of illustrated children's books that I was introduced to as a child in the late 1980's early 1990's. The main character was a farmer - I can't remember the name, but I think it was ...
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Children's science fiction book from the 70s: oxygen guns used to defeat aliens

I am looking for a children's science fiction picture book from the sixties or early seventies. It involved astronauts traveling to an alien planet and fighting aliens. The astronauts are losing, ...
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Child's science fiction book about kids in space with a metal disk and an alien chasing them after it

I recall reading a book in the 5th grade about a boy, a girl and a dog that end up traveling through space with an odd lizard-like alien. The kids found a piece of metal (a disk) and nailed it to ...
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Need help with a book title - something like "Sting"

My son was telling me about a book that he read last year in class that had a picture of a bee on the cover, but where its abdomen is a syringe (with the needle in place of a stinger). It was kind of ...
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Someone sent to rescue brother, find out what happened to him?

I recall a book I read back in middle school (ca. 1981), where humanity had sent an astronaut to check out signs of an intelligent race or something like that, but he disappeared. Earth then sends ...
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Book about two children who traveled through time using a circle of stones

This book is about 2 children who traveled trough time using a circle of stones similar to Stonehenge. It was read to me in 5th grade, around 1985. I am having trouble remembering more details. They ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Help Identify Youth novel about higher dimensions [duplicate]

I read this book about 10 years ago I think. It was probably published in the 90s but quite possibly the 80s. The main plot as I remember involved a high school girl who falls for the new student. He ...
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Children's sci-fi book with astronauts fighting skeletons on the moon

I am searching for a book that I first read back in elementary school, in the 1970s. The book was illustrated, and around 100 pages. It concerned astronauts in a war with these aliens that were ...
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Book where a boy and girl are transported into a fantasy video game

The book I am thinking of starts with a boy and girl (I think they are class mates but not friends) both getting the same fantasy game then playing it at their own homes. When they started the game ...
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Alien girl gets sustenance from photosynthesis

This is a short story I read in the 1st grade, some 20+ years ago, that was included in our reading textbook. What I remember is that the girl in the story was new to the area, possibly a Mars or ...
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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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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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Need Name of Children's Short Story (1970s SRA, maybe) - Boy Fixes Radio of a Crashed Alien Craft

I'm interested in the title and/or author of this story. I was in grade school from 1971 to 1978. The story collections we read were SRA (reading laboratories). Usually boring stuff. But I found back ...
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Children stow away to the moon

I remember a children's book published by about 1961 in which a boy and girl who probably lived on a rocket base stowed away on an unmanned rocket to the moon. I remember that when the newspapers ...
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Book About A Boy Who Lives in a Children's Home with a Dark Secret

I was a child of ~9-10 years old when I read this back in the early to mid-nineties. The book revolves around a boy who is taken to a home for children. Strange things begin to happen and the boy ...
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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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Children's book with griffin that is saved from being attacked by a boy

I'm trying to remember the title of a British children's book I read in the 70s. It's about a boy who rescues a "dog" from being attacked. However, the dog turns out to be a griffin with magical ...
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Novel about a high school student werewolf meeting a girl (Elise) who becomes a vampire

I'm searching for an old novel I read back in high school. It involved the main protagonist being a high school student who is also a Lycan (werewolf). It's set in high school, where she meets a new ...
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Children's book about a dragon who could not breathe fire

In the 1980s, I borrowed a record from a public library, which told a story about a dragon that could not breathe fire. It would have been a reading of an existing novel that I would like to locate. ...
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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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