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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Looking for a children's or young adult novel about three kids travelling to a fantasy land

I've been trying to remember the title of a children's or young adult book I read as a child about thirty years ago. (So it may be from '70s or '80s). I don't remember many of the details. There ...
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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/ 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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Children/young-adult "fantasy" book from 1980s/90s that is really science fiction

I'm searching for a book I read as a child in the mid 1990s. Might be older, but had more of a 1980s than 1950s feel to it. I read it in Swedish, but it was probably a translation from English. I don'...
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Child/YA sociopolitical dystopia with kids who find an underground source of powers

As a kid, maybe around 1982, my parents read a book to me about a group of kids forming some kind of (cruel?) society. I cannot remember much of it; maybe my parents stopped reading because they felt ...
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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 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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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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Children's book with overly warlike elves and fairies

A children's book, written in English, published in or by the 1960s, with no ilustrations as far as I remember, featuring elves and fairies that seemed overly aggressive and warlike to me. A ...
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What was the name of this book?

in the 90's I read a children's/ YA book dealing with a boy who had to travel somewhere and he did so in a boat. The book opened with a battle between the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans. I remember a ...
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Fantasy story where a pair of children who travel between two parallel Earths

I have no idea about the age of this book, only that it can't be all that new. I read it at around the age of ten, which would be 30 years ago. In the story there was a boy and a girl (if I recall ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Name of children/teenager sci-fi book

About a boy (teenager) who put together an egg-shaped spaceship. A face-less person welcomed him into this “lost (and found)” world where it rained at night and you could do anything except skydive ...
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Looking for the name of the book where a character enters another world in where he is part of a prophecy

I read this book in elementary school but don't remember the title, author or anything aside from a few vivid points. The story starts in the real world (I believe it's around WW2) where a boy ...
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Children's fantasy series with east asian siblings and black liquid in pots involved

I only remember snippets from the book. If someone could help me find it that would be much appreciated. I feel like the children were Japanese but I'm not sure about this. The main was an older ...
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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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Book about a warlock who fears fire

I'm looking for a book I read a long time ago. It would have been a children's fantasy novel as I read it around the age of 8-10. I don't remember much about the plot other than that the antagonist ...
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Name of Book, Atlantean girl next door?

I am trying to find the name of a book I read as a child and thought people here might know. Plot - The plot is basically that the girl who lives next door to the protagonist is weird and can 'float ...
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Story about girl who gets captured by giant and saved by man is recounted by a dwarf to an author

So I kind of have a rough idea of how the story goes, its like the girl is abducted by a giant (I don't really remember the reason why she was abducted) and is kept in a cage and she is looked after ...
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Pre-1975 children's novel: alien befriends children, opposed aliens wipe their memories

I am looking for a children's science fiction book that I read in 1975. I can only remember fragments of scenes from the book. What I can remember: Possibly warring alien factions. The "good" alien ...
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Children who make a hideout out of an abandoned house and an evil teacher/being breaks in

I heard this on tape as an audiobook when I was much younger. I have a feeling it had some fantasy elements, it was definitely a horror-ish story at the end, and not a short story either. A small ...
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90s sci-fi children's book: two children and a good magician teach sea creatures to fight an evil wizard and his dwarves

I had a 1990s Sci/fi Fantasy children's book​ or novelette that was lost. It could have been an anthology including a short story or novel about two children, sea creatures and two magicians; one good ...
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Illustrated children's book about trip to Moon

I remember reading a book about a trip to the Moon in the late 1970s or early 1980s. It was an illustrated hardback with a large page size, but not very thick - I'd guess fewer than 100 pages. The ...
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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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Id kids scifi book series

As child (around 1985, 10yo) I read a series of scifi books for children - in german. I am unable to recall their name so I wonder if you can help id them. It is about a group of kids. They were ...
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Looking for a story about a fantasy world that ended up being just a dream of a kid on a train?

I read a children's novel many years ago about a boy who lived in some sort of fantastical world. There are a few things that stick out in my memory: The major conflict lay between the "boys" and the ...
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Short children's fantasy novel from 70s with orphans meeting a griffin

When I was a kid in the 80s, I had a paperback copy of a children's novel in which a brother and sister (orphans, I think), went on a journey and met what I think was a talking griffin, who guided ...
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Children's book about a girl living on the moon and visiting a family on earth

I'm searching for a children's book I read from the library in South Africa in the 1980's. Cannot remember the title or author. It was a orange hard cover book,with a black drawing on the front, not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Ancient alien/astronaut children's book that has to do with Greek mythology

I'm trying to find a book I read when I was child like 18-20 years ago. It's a children's book and all I can remember is that there is the character of a young human woman who is an astronaut ...
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Looking to identify a children's novel in which stowaways eventually crash on the moon

I'm trying to remember the title/author of a juvie SF novel from the mid-late 50s. There are two kids who sneak out every chance they get to watch rocket launches. These are multi-staged things with ...
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the tornado bomb

I once read a children's short story about a couple kids who visit a space station with their dad. While there, the station weather forcaster notices a tornado has formed, and is heading straight for ...
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An illustrated children's book about each season being created as a planet by music

I'm trying to find an illustrated book I had as a child. I can't recall the title or illustrator but the general theme was this: A god like figure with a lute, sitar or harp plays music and creates ...
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Boy who develops animal characteristics, government wants to use him

This book was about a boy at high school who started to develop animal characteristics and abilities. I remember particular scenes from this book, like the boy in science class catches a fly as if he ...
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