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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late 90s, early 2000s high(?) fantasy YA trilogy

All I remember from this trilogy was that it was 3 books in 1 giant book, a little over a thousand pages long, and I read it around 2010. It was already somewhat old by then, so it's possible the ...
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Dystopian kids’ novel in a society where growing your own food is illegal

I read this book as a 4th grader around 1981-82. It was about a boy who lived in a society where growing your own food was illegal. At school he had to eat hard little pink cookies that cut up his ...
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Boy in a gold space suit / Kids book in UK pre 1971

I'm trying to find a sf novel for kids published in the UK before 1971. Here's what I remember from reading it in 1971: It was hardback It was illustrated It had a plot about a boy in a gold space ...
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Anthology book with a short story about a genetically-modified person escaping alongside other captives from imprisonment in a genetic mod. facility

I’m trying to find a book I read, possibly during 2018 or 2019. It’s a young adult book with a collection of short stories about bioengineering and genetic modification. One of the short stories was ...
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Late '60s / early '70s young adult novel set on a planet with beautiful butterflies and poisonous centipedes

People were trying to find the rare butterfly, and the young protagonist figured out that the centipedes were the larvae of the butterfly.
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Trying to find fantasy book about teen girl who is taking care of a little boy from an alternate/overlapping world. May have been a YA novel

I am trying to find the name of a fantasy novel I read as a teenager. It was about a little boy, around 4 or 5, from another dimension who is hidden in the main character's dimension to protect him. ...
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Young adult fantasy novel where the main character has a talisman

Looking for a book I read in high school between 2002 and 2006 about a group of teenagers that get teleported/summon to another world with magic. The main character had a talisman that I think made ...
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YA science fiction about a post-apocalyptic Earth, featuring island-like city states connected by walkways

This is a YA science fiction novel I read more than a decade ago. I can remember a few details. AFAIK there were no sequels, so interest in it eventually petered out but I want to check up on it again....
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Young adult book about a boy who lives in a community of people with telekinetic powers

It’s a book about a boy who lives in a community of people with telekinetic powers, however he has clairvoyance(?). He ends up being sent to a farm where he learns the truth of his world and leaves ...
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Young Adult book about time traveling boy

This was a book that I read probably early-2000s as a middle schooler. The main protagonist is a boy who lives in a city separate from the normal flow of time. The city was the headquarters of what ...
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1985 - 1995 Scifi book aimed at teens set on the moon

Looking for a sci-fi book that I got out of the library several times when i was a kid in between 1985 and 1995 (I think). Was set on the moon. Young man returning to visit, discovers a conspiracy and ...
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Young adult book; takes place on a dusty planet where the only food is space potatoes

I read this book a few years ago; I remember it was in the young adult section of my library. i feel like it was an older book, not quite sure though. The cover was pink I believe with flowers or ...
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Young-Adult or Childrens' book series about a boy at a school for monsters

I'm looking for a series, of at least two books, about a boy (middle school/high school aged) who goes to a school for monsters. The boy had two hearts, and no one could identify what type of monster ...
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Young adult short story about barbaric duels on the surface of a moon

I recently had a recollection of a short story that I was assigned to read while in an American middle school in the early '80s. Details are scarce sadly but I believe it may have come from a sci-fi ...
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Looking for a YA. novel about a rural kid who contacts aliens

I read this back in the late 90s or early 2000s. Reasonably certain the kid's name was Barney, which I thought was funny because the only other Barneys I knew of were "the Dinosaur" and &...
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YA Fantasy book I read in the 90's. Coming of age, young boy, hunger potion, kobold and girl met on the way. Magic fireworks ending

For some reason this book crept back into my memory a few years ago. Getting desperate to find it again. The few details I think I can remember are: Boy sets off into a woods People he was living ...
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What is the earliest young adult dystopian trilogy?

Young Adult dystopian trilogies seem to be all the rage now, but what is the earliest novel trilogy that fits this formula? I'm thinking along the lines of the Hunger Games (2008 -2010), Divergent ...
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YA book where the main character goes to an island, finds a beautiful woman who serves them food, but it was an illusion

I read this book years ago, but all I remember is one scene from it. It's a hero’s journey style book I think. What I remember is the main character ended up going to this island where there was a ...
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Medieval fantasy book: flat worlds, golden skins, eternal night and days

I am looking for a fantasy (medieval) book, for teenagers/young adults. Here is what I remember: In a world split in constant night and day part Nobody goes to the night part There are 'normal people'...
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Story identification - Inter-universe fantasy YA novel with an elephant getting stuck in a narrow alley

I think I read this book in the mid-00s. It was a young adult novel with a protagonist who was, I think, learning how to travel between dimensions. They got separated from their tutor in a world with ...
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Fantasy book series where the rulers of the city have gemstones in their chests

I've been trying to find this series for years and hoping someone has some insight. This was a YA fantasy series that I read in the mid-90's about a city that was ruled by four couples. Each couple ...
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Book about a boy with telepathic powers who escapes a lab and goes to a shop to change his clothes, adopting a goth/alt. look

It's been since middle school that I read this book but I do not remember the title, cover, or author. In the book, a boy with telepathic powers escapes a lab, goes to change his look at a shop- which ...
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Sci-fi / dystopian novel about a community where misbehavers’ brains are removed

It was a novel classified as young adult. I don't remember the character names. First off, it was a full-length novel (around 300-400 pages, but I might be off by a lot). The cover is a sunflower-...
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Sci fi book - humans colonizing a planet, but it already had a human-like alien species

It was at my elementary school's Scholastic Book Fair, in 2017 or so, and was quite recently published at that time. The book is in English. There are two main characters, a boy and a girl. The boy is ...
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Book where a kid saves a superhero, gains healing powers after taking a blast, then finds the hero has taken credit

I read this book back about 5 years ago in my freshman year of highschool and it was in English. This kid really loves this superhero and he and his friends usually fight about who gets to play him in ...
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Looking for prison planet book I read in elementary school in the 1980s

I was so happy to find this site - I have read the other question/answers about similar plot books but they didn’t quite match the details of the one I am looking for which is as follows: Plot is ...
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Young adult sci-fi book where space medics treating sick individuals accidentally kill the microbe that gives them intelligence

I believe this is from the late 50s or 60s. I have been searching Anne McCaffrey and Andre Norton's titles with no luck. Possibly Heinlein juvenilia, but not quite right-wing enough. In the future ...
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Book involving young champions of twelve tribes from different countries that must fight to the death

I remember reading a book a few years ago (maybe 2016-2018) that was a fantasy series (possibly a trilogy) involving twelve tribes that remained dormant (all from different parts of the world) before ...
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Manga about main character being the sister of the emperor

I am looking for an isekai manga that I read some time ago. The main character (MC) is the sister of the emperor. He has golden hair. He becomes the emperor at a young age and brings his sister with ...
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YA book with animal bioengineering and maybe aliens

I remember reading this young adult book series in 2012-14 maybe. From what I can remember there was animal and human DNA testing, at some point in the book they discover the failed experiments/babies ...
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Mid 1970s YA SF book with a time-travelling boy who goes to the future and returns alone

Read in 1975 or so. Included a boy who ended up in the far future; he falls in love, and has adventures. The future is deadly for some reason and he has to return alone at the end, with a sad goodbye ...
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Book about a young girl with something to do with the Moon

I remember very few details about the book. I read it in the 1990s. I remember it had a young girl who lives in a clan, maybe? There was something to do with the Moon. I think they had advanced ...
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YA Fantasy novel, early 90s, about a boy who releases evil from a cave

What I remember is that there's a young boy (I think his name is Garm?) who can talk with his horse (and maybe other animals). He accidentally releases ultimate evil from a cave (it was sealed by ...
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Book about a young brother and sister who get sucked into a story book, along with their house, after their parents were killed by a witch

Book about a family who move into a new house; next door lives a creepy woman. One night a witch comes into their house and kills the parents, and the two children, girl and boy, get sucked into a ...
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Young adult novel about a boy and girl who could see through each other's eyes

They were born at the same time. One lived in the USA and the other in Germany. Each would have "episodes" where one would pass out and then would see through the awake one's eyes. This is ...
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Young adult book series about aliens or hybrids with silver blood

Young adult book series about aliens or hybrids with silver blood. One gains the ability to be a martial arts master. There is a girl who joins and says her blood is like their blood, implying it was ...
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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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