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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2010s young adult fantasy book about a teenager who goes to live in a mansion and a young relative who watches an evil TV show

I think he moved to the New England area. I remember him having magical powers and living in a mansion. If I recall correctly, there was a younger relative (maybe a cousin) who watched this evil TV ...
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YA book ID: short stories including Masked Granny and hypnotic TV camera

Who can identify this collection of sci-fi (or spec-fi) short stories that I read (in Britain) in the late '80s or early '90s? One story was about a rock singer called "Masked Granny". She ...
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Young adult book about a traveling snake oil salesman selling magic elixirs that worked, including a strength potion

I read this book in the mid-to-late '90s. It was about a traveling snake oil salesman in one of those old horse-drawn carriages, and he had magic elixirs and potions which actually worked. I vaguely ...
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Book title where a space faring character is turned inside out

Looking for the title of a book. A spaceship malfunction results in an individual being turned inside out with their organs now on the outside of their body. They are still alive, for a moment. This ...
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In search of a YA book about wrist implants and a city beneath New York

New here, I was hoping to track down a book I failed to finish as a kid. I think I probably read it between 1999 and 2007 or so, so it's at least that old. The protagonist was some sort of street kid, ...
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Young adult/teen fiction - young boy finds his family murdered by demons [duplicate]

All I can remember is a young boy finds his family murdered by demons of some sort (they’re not called demons, but I can’t remember what the books call them). This actually happens later in the story, ...
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Book where a girl discovers she's a cyborg

I read it years ago in high school & it's haunted me since. I only remember a few things with clarity, but one of them is that she goes to a support group following an accident that destroyed her ...
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Movie or book about people kept in a type of prison where if their name came up in a lottery, they'd be subject to experiments and/or organ harvesting

Looking for the title of a science fiction movie or book. It involved young people kept in a type of prison and facing a lottery where if their name came up they would face experiments on their body ...
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Young adult series about a family with various powers derived from a dragon

There's a novel series I read around 2010 in middle school that I simply can't remember the title of. The plot of the first book goes something like this: a long time ago, a family (I think they were ...
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Girl who was set to marry someone but falls in love with another man that lived up the mountain

From what I can remember, this book was about a girl who was set to marry someone but falls in love with another man named Viggo (I think) that lived up the mountain. And he was previously married but ...
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Looking for a book about moon warriors

I am not sure if it was moon warriors or guardians. But it was something along those line. When I read this book in 2017 or so. I remember borrowing it from our library. So it could be much older than ...
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Book about a girl raised on an island she can't leave

I remember the cover being yellow with the profile of a robot/cyborg on it. It's about this girl who is on an island with a man who raises her and teaches her. Tells her she can't leave the island ...
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Collection of sci-fi short stories I read in the '90s. One story was about a girl and boy with powers who'd been raised on a spaceship

I think there was a hand on the cover which looked like it was pushing through/covered by a type of material. The last or near-last story was about a girl and boy with powers who'd been raised on a ...
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1980's? Young Adult Fantasy Orphan Son Who Dies in Car Accident

I remember reading this short story or novella when I was a teenager, so it may have been written in the 70's, 80's, or 90's. I remember that there is a teenage orphan son who is on a road trip. You ...
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Looking for middle grades/young adult horror fantasy book

I am writing this for a friend, but we should be able to respond quickly to details. This book was popular around the mid 2000s. It was a horror/fantasy novel that featured a cartoonish, maybe ...
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Teen fiction book about a girl who swapped places with her mirror self

I read this story back in primary school. This girl was unsatisfied with her life, her mother, boyfriend and everyone else. One day she notices that her reflection seemed to be moving slower than her. ...
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YA fantasy series about a seemingly normal girl who's transported to another world, and learns that she's a princess with butterfly wings

I'm looking for a series of young adult novels. It has three books, maybe more, and they are at least five years old. They were translated into Russian, but looking for Russian versions yields nothing....
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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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Young adult book(s) from the '80s about Moon people who believe the Earth revolves around them

I'm looking for a book from my childhood that I can't remember the name of. It could be from the '80s or earlier. It takes place on the Moon and follows native Moon people who add the word "moon&...
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Pre 1962 YA book where two boys are miniaturized

There was a book fair in my grade school in Philadelphia - we moved away in November 1961 so it was before then. I saw the book cover with a picture of two boys who had obviously been miniaturized ...
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1970s YA trilogy about capitalistic aliens who conquer Earth but leave when it's too expensive; British author was killed in a car accident

British author of primarily YA books 1970s/80s. His novels were very short and easy to read. To the left, he did a trilogy in which capitalistic aliens conquer earth but are forced to withdraw when ...
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YA Series - Main character accidentally collapsed building on friend, who is thought dead

What I know- Protagonists name is possibly Jude or something starting with a J. Main character ( Maya maybe?) has powers and accidentally causes a building to collapse on her best friend while being ...
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Book about a society that used runes to harness elemental magic, which they learned about in schools

I have not even come close to finding this book. I read (some) of this book around 7 years ago or so. It was on the Apple Books app (orange application for iOS) though I doubt it’s still on there as I’...
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Book about a girl who can speak to/ understand stones

I'm looking for a book about a girl who can speak to/ understand the feelings of stones. What I remember about the book is that the girl is disfigured but as the story goes on she starts to heal. She ...
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Looking for a book series about a brother and sister with magic powers, golden hook

There was a book series about a brother and sister. They had magic powers. Their parents ended up being like Gods there were a ton of gods in this series from all mythologies. They had famous weapons ...
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Help identify story with a girl and cats, and *maybe* magic

Apologies in advance because I don't have much on this, as I more remember me reading the story than the actual story. In any case: It concerns a girl, living with some older relative. There is ...
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Fae book about an orphaned girl who discovers her father was fae and she inherited powers

I read this book around 2010–2013. The book started with a girl who was orphaned. She was getting picked up by her social worker and was wearing a green sweatshirt. (I only remember this fact because ...
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Help me find the title of a sci-fi apocalyptic movie following a brother-sister duo, but the sister is different somehow

I need help finding the title of this movie I had to have watched sometime between 2009-2016 where the movie takes place in the middle of some kind of zombie apocalypse. The main characters are this ...
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Help identifying a story about siblings and ghosts

I'm looking for a book that was vaguely described to me, so the information I have is only secondhand. I've attempted to find it on my own, but have had no such luck. Here are the facts as they were ...
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Looking for name of old sci-fi book from the '70s or '80s that had a main character with an aiming chip in his hand

Looking for name of old sci-fi book from the '70s or '80s that had main character with an aiming chip in his hand. His palm would itch and when he scratched it, it would make weird symbols appear in ...
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Short story, all characters young, apparently male. One character floats in air, another is teddy bear

This could be anywhere from say 1970 or so to 1983. Book, probably hardcover, collection of short stories. All characters young, apparently male. One character floats in the air, and is insufferably ...
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Young adult time-travelling book with the tag-line "what if you could slip in and out of time"

Basically, what the above says; there's this book that I remember reading a long time ago in a library that I did read a few times and remember most of the plot to, but I can't remember the darn title ...
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Educational children's book about a young girl learning about computers in an Alice in Wonderland homage

I was recently trying to track down a book I thought I'd bought as part of a Humble Bundle, so I read it in the last 10 years, probably closer to 5-6 years ago. The book was more didactic than story-...
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Arts based magic system, parallel world

As I recall, it had a universe parallel to our own, where people have some sort of magic system that works by drawing or something like that. I read a French version (likely translated) where the ...
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1990s or early 2000s dystopian young adult novel, main character is teenage girl with a number as her last name

I read a novel in my early teens (around 2000) in which the main character is a teenage girl who lives in a dystopian world where she lives with other girls of teen or younger age in somewhat boarding/...
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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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YA(?) story involving a society of brain-modded people and an escapee who returns [duplicate]

I read this story about 30 years ago, when I was maybe 8-14 and it was in my local library. It was likely a young adult story or perhaps adult and fairly short. I do not remember the cover or the ...
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Fantasy Book: Time in the Fantasy Realm Passes Different from the Real World

I am looking to identify a series of fantasy books for young readers, which I was aware of in the mid 1990ies. One event I remember was that the main character, a pre-teen boy, would travel from our ...
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YA novel ID: library monster, post-apocalyptic, ELECTRICITY sign

I would like to identify a young-adult SF novel I read in the early-mid 1990s. My fragmentary memories are: I think the protags were children (probably two children, maybe boy and girl). They were in ...
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Children’s fantasy novel where a boy discovers a house in the wood sheltering otherworldly people

In the late 1980s in the U.K., I read a children's or young adults fantasy story - just one book. It starts with a young boy as the central character (I think it is set in U.K.). The boy is staying ...
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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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A children's or young adults' space opera series about war with aliens in the future

I read these books in English during the early 1990s. It was a series of two or possibly three books. The general storyline is one of alien invasion in the future, with the protagonists being a group ...
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Short story with a boy who goes through a door that isn't there

I'm trying to remember a short story I read in the early/mid 80s with some kids who decide to take revenge on a bully, they turn up to his birthday party laden with presents which turn out to be empty;...
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YA novel where the world is divided by color

Read this book before 2013. The protagonist (I think it was a boy) lived in a world where society was divided by colours and each colour had their own city/continent. Each of these colours had their ...
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80's fantasy story about two people and a gigantic ant

Looking for an 80's fantasy story about two people and their human-sized ant companion/friend. The people eventually become a couple and are returned to their own world to forget about one another, ...
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Young adult novel about a boy with six fingers who discovers a portal to a maya/ aztec inspired hidden world

I think I remember reading this novel or novella sometime during my youth (~1999-2004) in German about a boy who has six fingers. He accompanies a male older relative (possibly an uncle or his father) ...
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Trying to recall old YA Sci-Fi series similar to Animorphs

I recall a young adult book series similar to Animorphs where kids had special abilities to stop an alien invasion. The main difference is instead of turning into animals, they were more normal but ...
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Romantic sci-fi suspense young adult book about a guy held in captivity and a girl who can see other people's memories

Around the early 1990s, I read this book about a guy held in captivity and a girl working with fbi or something. She can see memories of the person by touching an object, and maybe she's telepathic as ...
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Book where adults are turning into monsters like zombies, and a boy takes refuge with other children in a school classroom

I remember reading a book about two years ago, but I can't remember the name. It's a young adult book, and I know there are at least two books in the series. One of the main characters is a boy whose ...
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Collection of stories including one about "Keiron of Valkrie"

One of the stories is about a Keiron of Valkrie who leads his men, known as the "men of edge," to a fight in the capital of their empire. He fought a man-made man named Freka and exposed a ...
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