Questions tagged [young-adult]

For questions looking to identify young-adult novels or asking about their presence in Science Fiction and Fantasy. If looking to identify a story, include the [story-identification] tag, if asking about the history of the genre use in conjunction with the [history-of] tag.

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Title of YA novel by Gordon R. Dickson about teenagers invited to take a trip to another planet by an alien government

Sometime in or before 1968, I read a young adult science fiction novel by Gordon R. Dickson in which a few teenagers from Earth are invited by representatives of a (possibly galactic scale) alien ...
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Young Adult Sci-fi trilogy about a world where people can upload their minds but if they die in the simulation they'll die in the real world

I read this book in 2018/2019. It's a young adult science fiction trilogy about a world where people can upload their minds and consciousness to a simulated computer world and interact with others. If ...
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Book involving superheroes and a rust-like disease. The main character discovers the main villain is his future self

I read this book at the beginning of high school and want to reread it. This would have been around 2012. It's a YA superhero book involving a group of teen superheroes where the main character has ...
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YA book series: 4 books each follow a child with a type of elemental magic, who are brought together in the 5th book

I am looking to identify a book series I read as a child. I read it between 1992 and 1996, and I would guess the complete series was published around 1990. It was a five book series. Each book ...
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YA/kids' book featuring a kid and an alien whose preferred pronoun is “it” rather than “he” or “she”

There's a book I read in the late '90s that I'm trying to remember. Definitely in it The scene I remember very vividly is one of the aliens telling the point of view character (a kid, I think) that it ...
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Young adult fantasy book about a young girl who thinks she is human until she stumbles into a fairy court and is revealed to be a changeling

I need help! I've been trying to find this book and it's driving me crazy. From what I remember the story is: A young girl for years thinks she was human until one day she stumbles into a fairy court ...
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c.1980 space-themed puzzle/game book with a defense of Earth framing story

This was a large-format (approximately A4) softcover book; I don't recall the cover art. It was given to me as a gift by my aunt, so it may have been picked up remaindered and actually date from ...
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Trying to remember a YA race-type thing book

The main character is female, and she has to take part in a race to get some cure for her mom (I think). At the beginning, she gets some kind of message, letters I think, and leaves her house without ...
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Three teenagers from the 80s unwillingly travel back in time to London during the Black Death

I read part of this book in high school, when I was about 14, during the mid-to-late 80s. I expect it was first published in late 70s or early 80s. I got it from my school library. I read it in ...
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Looking for a book; YA novel about twins separated [duplicate]

YA novel about a world where art, music, etc is totally forbidden. The story follows a pair of twins who are separated in their youth because one draws a picture in the dirt, I think the other twin ...
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Trying to find an old Scifi short story for kids. Boy & Father travel to another planet alone after rest of the ships crew goes insane

Read it in the early 80's but felt like it was from the 70's or 60's. School library collection of sci-fi stories for elementary school kids (multi-volume series was blue hardbacks I think). The one ...
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Novel series about a group of 6 teens with powers (cause-and-effect, metabolism, bacteria, etc.)

I read a book in-and-around the year 2002. It may have been a young adult novel. I believe that there were at least two books in the series. It was about a small group (5-6) of modern-day (for the ...
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Book about this boy that knows everything, including exactly when the world is going to end

It starts when he’s in the womb, all the way up until the world ends. There’s a part where he is a baby and he gets hypnotized by the TV. At some point in the story, I remember him growing up and ...
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Arthurian legend style story with future knowledge of science and chemistry

I recall a YA book that I read in the late '70s (in the UK) and was probably written roughly around that time, that was "Arthurian" in style. I'm not sure that this was directly specified, ...
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Young adult sci-fi novel about a young female human slightly modified to survive on on a jungle planet

I started a book where the main character was a young female human (school age) slightly modified to survive on a planet with only slightly more gravity than Earth. There is a non-modified boy that ...
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1970s (?) young adult book about a race of noncorporeal aliens on Earth

A race of aliens from a planet so technologically advanced that they evolved beyond the use of bodies. They floated through space until they arrived on Earth. They enter a human's blood stream through ...
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Sci-fi novel series with older people transferring their minds into younger bodies [duplicate]

All I remember is that the premise is that these old people put their consciousness into younger bodies, and they all have different symbols on their bodies denoting their role in society. I think the ...
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Book where a guy is on the run after a routine hospital check-up shows metal in his stomach

I can't find this book where a twenty-something-year-old is pursued after his normal hospital check-up shows metal workings inside his stomach. When he decides to run, he meets this girl who does fake ...
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Young adult fantasy trilogy about a boy with healing powers and a girl who is really a dragon

Fantasy coming-of-age trilogy about a boy in a small village who had healing powers, but had to hide them or he would be hunted down. He meets a girl who is later revealed to be a shape shifting ...
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Novel about a girl who helps a demon/monster creature with his shop

So basically, the book is about a girl who helps a demon/monster/creature with his shop. Humans aren’t allowed in that realm, so whenever he has customers, she can’t be seen. She also explains that a ...
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Novel about kid's suburban life + some kids with powers

I can only recall bits and pieces so bear with me: I remember the book being about some kids in a small town fighting some kind of war with magical powers, and it was juxtaposed with the main ...
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British novel about a group of high school teens who develop powers, and are taken abroad to be trained or experimented on

I think this was a series. What I remember is there is a group of high school teenagers who begin to develop powers. I believe they were experimented on in-vitro by a company, but I could be wrong. ...
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Book where the memories/lives of adults are implanted into teenagers

I’m so sorry that is really sporadic and may sound like I’m crazy or just had a fever dream. I just remembered this book for the first time in years, and my brain won’t let it go. The details are ...
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STALKER-ish/Tripods YA post-apocalyptic novel series (NOT The Tripods)

I'm looking for a young adult series, that centres on a bunch of teenagers surviving in a post-apocalypse world on Earth (cliché, I know). The first book has the following setting: Presence of S.T.A....
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Mutineers force captain to record instructions to spaceship's computer but he leaves out “please”

The crew mutinies on a spaceship whose captain controls it with verbal orders. They test whether they can control the ship with recordings of the captain's voice with an order to increase orbital ...
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Name of a team of authors (husband and wife) who wrote young adult sci-fi/fantasy

They wrote several books but the books were not a series. The one book that stands out in my mind was about 2 teen or pre-teen people on different planets that were able to communicate psychically ...
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YA novel about archaeologist exploring space

Read it in the '90s. YA novel starting in overpopulated, urban Earth. Young guy manages to get a berth or sneak onto a space ship set to explore potential planets for colonization, despite poor ...
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Carnival sideshow with a dinosaur

I'm trying to identify a Young Adult novel I read when I was, well, a young adult, so it must have been around 1970 (though of course it could have been written much earlier). Two friends visit a ...
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Book about a boy who moves to Europe, climbs a wall with one of his friends (who turns out to be a troll), and finds dragon eggs

There was a book I read in middle school about a boy who moves to Europe and moves in with his elders. While there, he finds a stone building in the back; after climbing the wall with one of his ...
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Finding book about an alien pyramid and a (sort of) scavenger hunt

I've been trying to find this book (obviously unsuccessfully) for at least six or seven years. I read the book only once and sometime about 9-10 years ago; hence my memory of it might be a bit off on ...
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Young adult book about the teenage son of a powerful superhero, who went to a school for superpowered kids

There was a book I read back in high school in either 2016 or 2017 about this teen boy who was the son of a powerful superhero. The son always wore red, he had blond hair and glasses I’m pretty sure. ...
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YA thriller with a character named Mango

In the 2000's as a teenager/preteen maybe I read a thriller about a girl who meets someone identical to her, named Mango. I can't remember much else except that I think they were clones and there is ...
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Book series where a brother and a sister who are transported to a kid's version of Hell

I solved this one in the midst of writing the question, but posting so that I can find it again. This is a book series I listened to as an audiobook about 1-2 years ago, downloaded from my library's ...
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YA (pre-1990) novel: Student writes simulation in which time travel drains prehistoric natural resources, needs to stop from occurring for real

I recall a novel in the mid-'80s about a (high school or college) student assigned to write simulation code. He develops a virtual world in which the inhabitants use time travel to bring natural ...
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Young Adult Fantasy about children living with an elderly woman and learning magic related to their skills

I'm trying to track down a book I borrowed form a library in the UK around 2000/2001. Here are the details I remember: The story is set in a fantasy world; no connections to our world The main ...
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Mutant youth return to Earth

This was a novel from late 80s or early 90s. Type of story where space-faring humans return to explore damaged Earth. I don't remember if they were trying to revive the Earth, ran into hostile ...
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YA book about a boy who can control tornadoes, and is the last of his kind

I believe I read this book during my sophomore year of HS in 2016, basically a boy who can control tornadoes loses his family at a young age to an organization that murders them because they’re part ...
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Young adult book with teens exiled on prison planet

Looking for a young adult sci-fi book I read in my teens. Probably written in the 80s. First of a series. There were 3 or 4 teens who were the main characters, I believe. One was a muscular boy that ...
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YA fantasy series with women in power positions

This is a series that is a bit graphic for YA but I’m pretty sure it was marketed that way. There are crystals involved in the book- and the title I think. There is a young girl who thinks she is an ...
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Sci-fi book I read in the late 90s and was found in the childrens/ young adult area

It was about a girl who found a spaceship and befriended the young male alien. I can’t remember if there was a parental unit for the alien but I think there was. I want to say the spaceship was egg ...
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YA Book in which the (human?) leader of goblins is imprisoned at the bottom of a well

I am trying to remember a book I read in elementary school, probably in the second half of the 1980s, about which I do not remember very much, probably just one chapter. What I do recall is that it ...
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Young Adult series/trilogy about nefarious plot to transfer memories from rich people with disabled/dying bodies to young donor bodies

Young adult trilogy about a group of kids/teens go on various adventures to take down a secret program that wipes memories of donor bodies and replaces them with the memories/consciousness of rich ...
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Children's or young adult science fiction book about a human “alien” raised among uplifted animals

I remember seeing a book in my elementary (or possibly middle school) library that I would like to locate again. It was something that I wanted to read, but then I think the book disappeared, so I ...
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Fantasy book YA girl investigates deaths in the slums

I think the girl was part of a crime investigation team? I think there are avians and shapeshifters? Or those are the name of their departments? The girl gets called to investigate mysterious deaths ...
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Young adult fantasy book - boy finds wizard finger (kind of like a Horcrux)

I remember reading many fantasy adventure books in the early '80s. Would have been a book checked out of the library (either public or school). And this might have been part of a trilogy or set of ...
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Identifying young-adult fantasy trilogy

I am trying to identify a trilogy (I can't rule out that there was a fourth book) I read in German [I don't know whether German was the original language] at some time prior to 2002. It was young-...
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Book about a boy who is trying to get superpowers?

There's this book that was published before 2011. The main character narrates the story. He tells the audience that if he doesn't get superpowers by his XX birthday, then he never will. The story ...
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Young adult book about a girl who lives in a coastal village surrounded by mist who is kidnapped by a fae

The book is about girl (young adult) who lives with her dad in a coastal village surrounded by mist and fairies take her past the mist to their land. The fae who finds her traps her in a fae bargain ...
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YA Book involving a girl who acquires a book of mystic lore, trapped in alternate world with scarecrows, saved by her mother's watch

I think I listened to this as an audiobook two years ago, so I'll be trawling through my history, but the main character (who I think had a non-standard female name) is a middle or high school student ...
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Story with a white cover about a girl that falls in love with werewolf [closed]

I read the book in middle school, about ten years ago. It's about a girl that moves and falls in love with a werewolf. I remember that fairies (fae) were involved and the cover was white. It's not ...

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