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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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Young adult book about girl in magical tower with bear

Probably 1980s. I remember a book that was one of those story-within-a-story novels. The 'outer' story was about a girl that lived (possibly captured) in a magical tower with a spiral staircase and a ...
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90's teen horror novel where “Mike” goes on a date with a girl to see their favourite band “The Zombies” [closed]

This was a teen horror book from the 90s. It is not Point Horror, Fear Street, or Goosebumps. I am sure the the title was "Bad Blood"; however, I have searched online and can't find it. The story of ...
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70s novel with giant ants pretending to be aliens

Probably written in the late 1970s. Young adult. Two boys, the narrator and his friend, are abducted by a flying saucer. The aliens are roughly human-sized and the boys don't get a good look at them ...
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YA book series about alien teenagers who (maybe) time travel on Earth

Looking for the name of this book series from the 90s or early aughts, and I can't remember the title, the author, or any of the characters names. What I can remember is that one of the girls had four ...
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Short story about a train ride into a sleepy country

Two people ride a train into a place where there is some disease that makes everyone fall asleep. They tell each other jokes to stay awake. It was a story in a science fiction anthology for young ...
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A book (mid 2000s) about a kid getting an old laptop that connects him to aliens, the alien government (I think) coming after him?

I can't remember much other than a kid got an old laptop, maybe from his school, and wanted to play games on it but it's actually an alien laptop and connects him somehow to other aliens. I also ...
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Children's book about a boy who travels to the future, using Coca-Cola syrup for negative friction

I remember reading this (old) book when I was about ten years old, in 2012. It was already old then, I think it's from around the 1980s. I can only remember a few things from it: They used Coca-Cola ...
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Portal to Jurassic like world [duplicate]

Story was about a group of teens, one of which is cleaning out his grandfathers shed and finds a portal in the back. His name was Charlie if I remember correctly.
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YA fantasy novel: “Vampires” (Blood suckers) at a boarding school, girl lives in a forest

The title may have had the word "forest" in it but I DEFINITELY remember the cover having a girl walking into a forest with her back turned. The story went something like a girl being at a boarding ...
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2000s Young adult book about a community that lived underground and another that lived in the city above; some people became dragons when they dreamed

I'm looking for a book I used to love when I was a teenager for my cousin. I think it would be in the 2000s now in the UK. It was about this community that lived underground and another that lived in ...
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90s YA fantasy series where a warrior meets a sorceress and they travel together

There may only be two books in the series, one is a regular novel and the other is a choose-your-own-adventure type gamebook. I read them in 1997 so I assume they were written in the 90s, 80s or even ...
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YA book about a girl who is cloned and her clone does bad things

A patron is looking for a book about a girl who is cloned and her clone does things she wouldn't want her to. The cover features a girl running in two different directions - the top half in one ...
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90s YA novel or short story: girl on an intergalactic vessel overhears aliens debating whether to destroy Earth, or establish first contact

I believe I read this book in the 90's. I doubt the book was published much past 1999. I believe the protagonist is a female character who might be a stowaway on some kind of intergalactic vessel. I ...
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Story about a mermaid in a quarry pond that a boy plans to rescue as the quarry is to be blown up

I believe there was a YA book of ironic stories that I read between 1979-1983, though it may have been published earlier. Story I’m looking for: A teenage boy discovers a mermaid living in a pond at ...
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Book with people hiding and growing wheat under a mountain [closed]

What is the book where a group of people lived underground in a mountain and they had a wheat field with possibly a little opening to the sky? I remember nothing about the actual plot except that ...
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Old young adult sci fi book about wars fought with robots remotely, allusions to chess [duplicate]

This is a science fiction book I read about the year 2000. The main premise that I vaguely remember was that humans were now fighting wars with robots by proxy BUT there were still normal humans in ...
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Book series I read sometime in the early 00s set in a fantasy world perhaps on an island with a castle/kingdom nearby

I checked these books out from my middle school library. I remember the main characters were a girl and guy. They were both a sort of unexpected hero. I know it was set in a fantasy world perhaps ...
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YA sci-fi book about a girl who is hired to go to a planet and steal some alien technology

The book is about a girl who is hired to go to a planet and steal some alien technology. She teams up with a scholar whose goal is to save the technology. The scholar's dad is in jail. The girl had ...
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YA book about house like a maze (like Howl's Moving Castle)

I honestly don't remember much more but it seems really similar to the book Howl's Moving Castle - but I don't think it is. I think our protagonist is a girl, it's her uncle's (?) house, and there ...
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YA Sci-fi novel about a girl who can enter VR without a suit

I think I read this back in the late '90s or early 2000s. I don't remember the plot at all, but there are a few bits and pieces that stick in my mind: Part of the book takes place in the real world, ...
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Book about portal/other worlds and a tribe digging for gold

There was this book I read years ago (2000-2009, possibly even older) about a boy who finds some sort of portal door. It takes him to this world where a tribe is fighting to survive by digging for ...
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60's or 70's book where kids find interdimensional portal

It was a kid or young adult book. A bunch of kids find a disk or coin-like object that can be activated into a room or fort. I think they could travel to another dimension or planet though this fort....
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YA/teen book with male main character meeting his future self who wants to fix history

Currently looking for a book with a male teenager protagonist. Possibly a secondary female protagonist. He meets his future self who has come back to “fix” history. This includes killing people who ...
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90s or early 2000s teen fantasy, parallel dimensions

I read a couple books from this series over ten years ago and it has nagged at me ever since. The books were rather short and had scenes from the story on the cover. I don’t think it was a widely ...
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YA book- young girl discovers talking mythical creature, maybe a griffin

From what I remember, the protagonist is pretty young, maybe 13 or 14 years old. She discovers a mythical creature on a walk outside; I think it was a griffin, but I'm not entirely sure. It's tied to ...
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Late 70s/80s book about our Earth and a parallel Earth

I vaguely remember a book about parallel worlds, which only animals can see, however, as the story progresses children can see this world as well. I seem to remember people being able to cross over to ...
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YA Fantasy romance novel about a girl whose brothers go off to war once they reach a certain age

I'm not even sure if this book even exists or I have dreamed it. It's about a girl, I remember she had an older brother that went somewhere (war I think) once he reached a certain age. The oldest one ...
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90s YA vampire romance short novel where a girl moves to a new town and invites a vampire into her house

I'm struggling to get the title of a young-adult vampire horror/romance short novel that was written in the 90s about a teenage girl named Christina (I believe) who moves to a new creepy town where ...
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90s Teen fantasy novel. Party of warrior, wizard and rogue. A powerful magic gem and a shapeshifting monster

Looking for a teen fantasy novel from when I was a kid, unfortunately I can't remember the title or the author. I'm sure it was part of a young adult fantasy series though. Not a trilogy or anything, ...
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80s/90s Teen Sci fi novel - Girl with robot named Kilimanjaro, travels to a space station orbiting Earth

Looking for a sci fi book with a young female protagonist and her indestructible robot Kilimanjaro (called Kili). She is forced to leave her planet (which I think is a moon) and eventually travels to ...
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YA SF novel with teen-only faster-than-light travel

I'm trying to recall the name of a book. No idea about the publication date, but I guess I read it roughly 10 years ago. It was a young adult sci-fi, the premise of which was that teens (no one older, ...
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Book about a future world where people could live in a VR world and become famous from it

I read this book a while back and probably found it in the young adult section of my library. The plot revolved around a future world where people could live in VR and earn money become famous. It ...
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YA fantasy book series about siblings that are taught by a powerful being

This is a YA book series read in the mid 2000s. One of the last books had a dark cover of a lightning storm over plains. I believe this story is about 2 siblings, guy and a girl, who start learning ...
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Late 80s/early 90s young adult sci-fi book about teenage girl living on the moon after Earth's invasion by aliens

The book is about a teenage girl who lives on the Moon after aliens take over the Earth. I think there was a picture of a blonde girl sitting and the moon in the background on the cover. It was one of ...
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Fantasy YA book from novel from late 80s or before

Trying to remember a book. I read it as a tween in the late 80s. Here’s what I got so far: A boy has to go on some kind of quest in another dimension (kind of like Narnia in that it was right ...
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Young Adult sci-fi fantasy featuring shape-shifting jelly monsters that engulf humans and take their shape

So I've read an adaptation of this book along with a couple more from the same series in a different language, but the writer there didn't reveal the original title. Key points: Four kids are the ...
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Book (series?) in which a word defeats a dark lord/evil king

I have remembered a middle-grade book (series?) that I'd read probably around 4th-6th grade. These are all the details I can remember: It was a medieval fantasy esque setting. It featured a world ...
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YA Sci-Fi book series - Alien ships attack Earth and steal a family, download knowledge into their brains

A series of young adult books I read as a child in the 90s. The basic storyline, I think, is that Earth came under attack by alien ships that feed off our photon cannons, and they steal a family, ...
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2000s (?) black and white comic about a training academy for teens with psychic powers, ranked by “psych level”

The story was set in some sort of sci-fi school or training academy. The characters were somewhere in their teens, and I think the main character was a blonde girl. The characters had some sort of ...
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1960s YA novel set in ancient Rome

Do you remember a YA novel circa 1960s in which the protagonist goes to ancient Rome and when another character gives the "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech, he catapults a load of ass's ears into ...
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Book where a camp of kids evolve to face a planetary threat

I read the first book in a series some time ago (10+ years) that involved a camp of kids that evolved powers and they weren't sure why. I remember there was some planet-eating or larger creature ...
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Fantasy Novel About a Princess With a Distinct Accent

I can clearly recall this book featuring a princess who spoke with a very distinct accent. The main issue I'm having now is that I remember very little of this book now. I know that I read it ...
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50s Young adult book about aliens from Venus who came to Earth and ignored children

My husband clearly remembers an odd book from the fifties that was science fiction but was treated as fact. It came from a school library so it should have had a well known or at least a good author. ...
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Fantasy novel where the character had to collect pendants [duplicate]

I remember reading a fantasy novel as a teen, so it would have been a young-adult novel. In it the main character had to collect pendants to ward off an evil. I remember him getting the first ...
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Young adult fantasy book about a woman's body being caught in a fisherman's net

I read a book when I was young (late 80s early 90s) that I remember bits and pieces of, but can't remember the title. The book starts off with a young woman's body being pulled from the water in a ...
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YA post apocalyptic book from the 90’s where a teen wakes up to find everyone gone

This is how I remember the book. It starts with the main character (young teen boy) who wakes up to his family gone, he goes outside and the whole street is desolate, no one. He takes a car and goes ...
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Fantasy story with 4 guardians and 1 master living in the capital

I'm looking for a book I read about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I don't know how old the book was at the time. It was borrowed from a library so the state of the book is a very bad indicator, that ...
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Book Where Girl Can Control Meteors and Works for a Circus (YA Novel)

I read a book a couple years ago. It was fairly new, too. In the book, people begin giving birth to children (girls only?) who could control elements. The first child can control fire, the second ...
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Freedom fighter versus evil space empire [duplicate]

I'm looking for a pair of YA science fiction books from the 90's about a rebellion against an evil space empire. I remember reading these books in primary school, in the 90's, but don't remember a lot ...
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A book about life as a ghost but being a ghost is only temporary

This was a book I read around ten years ago. I read it in Swedish, unknown if it was translated or not. I remember getting it from the "youth/young adult" section of the library, though that library ...