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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Kids'/Young Adult Book - TV set that shows tomorrow's news

Trying to remember the title of a popular kids'/young adult book from the '70s - it had a Motorola television set that showed tomorrow's news. Kind of like shows like "Early Edition," where the guy ...
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Novel (YA?) published before 1985, about a young man learning some kind of psychic/magic?

I barely remember this novel that I think I started to read as a child and would like to maybe pick up again. What I remember is this: A young man (or boy?) meets a man (possibly a relative or ...
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70s-80s SF book, a series of short stories each set X years ahead. In first one aliens placed domes over cities before wiping out everyone else

I read this years ago, most likely this would be a young adult book, maybe from the 1970s or 1980s. I swear the title was "The Turning Point: Tales of a Future Past" but I've never been able to find ...
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60's or earlier probably “young adult” story about a community sent into the future by a nuclear accident [duplicate]

I know exactly when I read this story, in the spring of 1968, when I was in Germany to improve my german. Of course it could have been written any time before. I actually read it in german. But I was ...
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YA novel about a dystopian city divided into class sections with their own colours [duplicate]

Roughly 10 years ago, I started reading a YA novel from my school library that I believe was some kind of low fantasy/dystopian story. I remember almost nothing about it, except that the main ...
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YA Poltergeist/Occult fiction of the 70s/80s

Trying to find title/author of a book I read in 1986ish. The plot involves a brother and sister going to a house and meeting a girl (maybe their new stepsister) who seems to know about the occult. ...
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YA novel about characters in a fantasy novel who must fight to prevent the text of the novel itself from being corrupted

I found a shabby copy of this book at the library in the early 2000s. The central conceit of the story was that the characters were characters in a stereotypical medieval fantasy book, and they ...
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Book where the main character falls from a tower in a field of wheat but is unharmed due to her being unconscious

My brother and I have been searching for a young adult book for some time that we read as children (in the late 90's). The book is solidly fantasy and involves significant instant spacial travel (like ...
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What fantasy book has twins (except one's blue) and a cloaked ice bear on the cover?

I remember only the cover of this book. A fantasy novel released before 2007. The cover of the book had a twin pair where one of the twins were blue, and if I am not mistaken, there was an ice bear ...
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YA Sci-fi - Teens with powers trapped in a house

I have a book in mind but I don't know the name. It was a series I think, maybe 3 books. I read them when I was at school 2000 - 2002 but they are possibly from the 80s or 90s. I thought it may have ...
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YA Book about two children who are turned into a manta/sting ray and a large bird

I am trying to find a book that I believe I read as a child, but I think is older than me. Either that or it's a really vivid fever dream. In it, two children finds themselves on an island, shipwreck ...
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Young adult short story book with one story where a woman finds a walrus suit and becomes a walrus

I’m trying to identify a book I remember reading sometime in the 2005-2006 time range. This book was in my fifth grade classroom in the US. I’ve tried searching for it a few times in the past few ...
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Young adult sci-fi novel about a teenager who electrocutes himself while working on a computer. Afterwards he has a “computer brain” [duplicate]

Along with the information in the title, I can provide a few more details. I read this in the early to mid-nineties, and the cover art had a teenage boy who had his hands on his head with a few ...
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Space colony novel where space pirates attack a planet and take a boy hostage who fights his way back eventually

I think it was a 1970s novel and might have been simply titled "Colony". These days it would likely be classed as young-adult, but I don't think such a category existed back then. I probably read it ...
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Sci fi book about aliens, girl awakes to everyone motionless

I read a young adult book where girl wakes to discover everyone motionless whether they are driving, walking, sitting etc. She's in a town or city. She discovers creatures/aliens come and kill and eat ...
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Novel revolving around genetic engineering

About 20 years ago I read a book that revolved around a future where genetic engineering is so commonplace that people visit genetic engineering parlors much like they do tattoo shops IRL now. At ...
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Book series set in Celtic times in which a boy talks to a wolf

As per the title, I remember getting about half-way through the first book of the series, which has the following points as far as I can remember (some may be erroneous): I think there was around ...
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Novel where the main character pretends to be a princess

The story was about an urchin adopted by an acting troupe to pretend to be the lost princess of the city. These are the details I remember (some of the early events are a little crude; my apologies): ...
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Young adult horror novel series where a brainwashed girl turned out to be 100 years old and controlled by some ball lightning creatures

I would have probably read this in the mid/late 1990s or very early 00s, but I'm trying to hunt down a novel I remembered earlier. I'm pretty sure it was part of a series. I was living in Ireland at ...
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50s/60s YA science fiction - lost Mongol tribe in Himalayas with American secret agent equipped with technically advanced armor

A book for young people (would be classed as YA today, I think) about a lost tribe of Ghengis Khan's Mongols in the Himalayas. A young American agent (CIA maybe?) is sent to contact the tribe because ...
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Old book about a young man marooned in space who is drawn to an alien shipwreck by a ring he is wearing

It was a school library book I read in the 70s, about a young man marooned in space who is drawn to an alien shipwreck by a ring he is wearing. Can't seem to remember more, but the image has stayed ...
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YA SF novel with a remote control for parallel universe jumping

When I was a kid I read a sci-fi novel for children, the full name of which is unfortunately not coming back to me. Here's what (I think) I remember: the story features a handheld device that allows ...
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Book about a girl who has purple eyes and wakes up in an airplane crash

So I read this young adult/teen book a few years ago about a 16 year old girl named Sarah(?) who woke up in an airplane crash I think it was(?) and couldn’t remember anything before the crash. She ...
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Book where kids had the powers of manifesting things with their minds

In the beginning of the novel she is attacked in a park on her way home and these people come and save her. Later on she finds out her mom was kidnapped I think. I specifically remember a part where ...
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Pre-1968 YA science fiction novel: robot with black-and-white vision, later the robot could see in color

A science fiction novel, written before 1968, featured a robot with black-and-white vision. Perhaps halfway through the novel, the robot receives an upgrade, and could see in color for the first time. ...
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Kids Book series - Girl babysits a family of monsters

I think I read this somewhere in the late 1980s to the early 1990s. My grandmother bought me the first book in the series, which was a fairly thin paperback, and I bought a later one (maybe the second ...
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YA book about a girl who can calm people with magic piano playing

I read a book series a few years ago (2-4), it’s YA fantasy or sci-fi. It’s about a group of teenagers who all have unique “super powers” and are dying really young from drinking poisoned water. The ...
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Time Traveler YA Trilogy Identification

In the early 2010s, I recall reading a trilogy of novels about 2 kids who have to keep earth's timeline from changing. In order to do this, they stayed on a loop of one day in a city (I think San ...
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Details about the “I Am Dracula” young adult book [closed]

I read this book nearly 2 decades ago, I Am Dracula which blended various supernatural elements to show how Vlad the Impaler actually became the King of Vampires. He apparently was "soul mated" to a ...
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YA: boy lives in Tower of London, foils plot involving holograms

I would have read this book in the early 80s. It's probably just about SF as it involves tech that certainly wasn't available at the time. An American teenager moves to London; his father somehow has ...
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Teen/Young-adult sci-fi book about a man leaving Earth by order from an alien entity

I read the book around 2006-2008 and it was aimed at teenagers. I read it in Swedish if that helps. The story is set in the future and I think it begins with a man leaving Earth for a new job maybe. ...
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Young adult science fiction novel where a planet orbits a violet sun which gives the planet's inhabitants strange powers

I'm afraid I may remember too few details about a not-very-good book, but it's stuck in my mind all these years. Science fiction novel, English language, I read it from a U.S. public library, late '...
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Young adult fantasy with a dying forest and a beaver like creature

I encountered this as a book on tape in 2009, probably. The narrator sounded like Brendan Fraser, but wasn’t. What made it memorable was the narration, as well as the detailed story line that wove ...
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Book with a magic school in the sky, woman protagonist can do all the different types of magic, mentor is a firebird

This story is set in the modern day, and I know it was written in the past 10 years. It is young adult fantasy. There is a magic school in the sky, I think. I remember that the people who can do ...
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YA book about blind creatures that live underground and take kid's eyes

A book I read about 20 years ago when I was 12 or so about creatures that lived underground and can’t see (maybe they were called "beasties" or something?) and at the end of the book this boy gives ...
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YA novel: siblings from a walled city, whose DNA is spliced with animal DNA [duplicate]

I remember a scene where they fly over a wall and land in a forest. They find a huge home and realise that when the world was dying due to overpopulation, the poor were moved to the walled area while ...
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What book is this? Pre 80s book about a captain who hijacks a military spaceship and takes school kids hostage?

I got this from my middle school library back in the 80s but the book seemed to be from the late 50s to mid 70s. This was a young adult targeted novel about a captain who hijacks a military spaceship ...
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fantasy series about a village surrounded by fog/mist that teenage girl escapes through

Here are the pieces I remember. A girl lived in a society with strict rules, parents die and younger brother gets taken into the governing society and doesn't acknowledge sister. The governing body of ...
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Girl who can shapeshift and at one point turns into a drop of water

I read this book years ago, and it was about a girl who is taken through a portal I think, she is holding onto her dad's hand but she lets go for a second and gets taken away, and I think she can ...
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YA fiction about a teenage boy who's turning invisible, sees the seamy underside of his town as a result

I believe the first indication of him turning invisible is a group photo that he knows he was in, but in which he does not appear. He starts to turn invisible periodically, maybe not entirely under ...
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Book series about vampires, shape shifters

I remember reading a book series where the books were set in the same universe. There was some kind of threat coming and there were some people with special powers who would be able to stop it. They ...
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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 ...