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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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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Young-adult book: Post-apocalyptic, Teens living in Caves/Bunker, Written as Diary/Journal

I'm searching for a post-apocalyptic young-adult book featuring two teens living in caves or a bunker. I remember reading it in late 1970s in a Danish translation. The cover for that edition has a ...
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YA fantasy book about two siblings involved with magic. The older sister's name begins with an 'A' and the younger brother's name begins with a 'Z'

I read it as a child and have spent years trying to find it again. It was a reasonably large book, the first chapter (the introduction of the siblings) talks about the older sister's name beginning ...
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Young adult book about siblings with powers and dragons [duplicate]

I'm looking for the name of a young adult book I read maybe twenty years ago about a girl and her younger brother hiding out in a castle with a secretive owner. Both siblings have some sort of power, ...
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Book about a pair of girls who help a ghostly girl in a locked room move on

I believe I read this around 2018-2020. The most primary character is a young girl (1st to 8th grade) whose family (her, her mother and her father) is moving into an old mansion. Her father's job is ...
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Book with an alternate dimension that makes people go insane; scientists find girl with a mind flexible enough to endure it for short times [duplicate]

This is a book I read when I was growing up, so 80's timeframe, although I think it was older then. A group of scientists finds a way to access another dimension. It's described (I think) like ...
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YA books from early 2000s about a paraplegic kid on Mars who controlled a rover

I read a series of books when I was in middle school about a kid who lived on a Mars colony, and since he was paraplegic (or handicapped in some way, I don't remember exactly to what extent, I'm ...
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Children's / YA novel and game about travelling back in time via an old tree

I'm looking for a book I read back in school, probably in the period 1991-1996. What I remember of the book is: I think it's set in Sydney, Australia The main characters are a boy and a girl There's ...
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Book ID: Male character meets vampire family

Very hazy on this one, but I read it in English in I think the early 90s, although it may have been published in the 70s or even earlier. Probably YA. General shape of the story is that the ...
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YA fantasy book; a boy and a girl meet in a dream world

I have been searching for this for years! I got it out of the library when I was 12 or 13 so about 15 years ago now, but I have no clue when it would have been released and my family have no idea what ...
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YA Science Fantasy (Fiction?) novel from the 80s

I found this book at about the same time I found Glory Lane by Alan Dean Foster and the kid's retelling of Beowulf by Robert Nye. It was on the YA Science Fantasy shelf. It was about 1984 or after. It ...
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Post-apocalyptic book; apocalypse caused by dinosaurs, people live underground

I'm looking for a novel, here's what I know: It was probably a YA novel. Scientists created dinosaurs, which caused an apocalypse. The society lives underground, in factions. The main character’s ...
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Name of a book about a world where people have animal familiars, the MC sets out to discover the origins of the original soul bond with the familiars

I think it was a book series but only read one book. It was about this guy setting out of a journey to discover why his people form soul bonds with animals or something like that. He had a cat - it's ...
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Name of YA fantasy book (1960s or 70s?) where siblings travel back through time to save grandparent from a fire

Have been hoping to find this book again: read it a lot as a tween back in the early 70s. A brother & sister travel back in time to save their grandparent from a fire that engulfed a former wing ...
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Sci-fi book about old people switching bodies with kids to be young again

All I can really remember is that the gist of it was that these people would give pills to kids and old people that would make them switch bodies for a day. At some point some kids noticed that ...
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Young person breaks rules but is saved by being inducted into the scouts

This is a very light, space opera-ish YA or younger novel, probably from the 70's. The basic plot that I remember is that this kid has a friend/mentor who is part of the space scouts or some such. ...
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Looking For A Mistaken Identity Super Hero Book About A Woman Who Works Fast Food

I read this book a few years ago. (Between 3-10) It is about a woman who keeps getting mistaken for a popular super hero and attacked by villains as she works at a fast food place. Nobody believes her ...
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YA book where the male protagonist has a father missing who was caught up in a war between humans and robots

I'm trying to find a YA book from the 2010s with robots. It had a male protagonist with a missing father who was caught up in a war between humans and robots. I think a friendly robot was smuggled ...
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Book about a boarding school girl connected by soul to a boy she can't kiss

I read this book between 2013 and 2015. In the book, a girl's parents die (they may have been related to supernatural hunters or hunted). She is put in a boarding school where she is attracted to a ...
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YA fantasy novel about princesses, one must quest to save the other [duplicate]

This is a pretty short YA novel I read circa 2010, although I don't think it was a new book at that time. I think the author was female and may have authored several additional books about princesses....
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ID: kids' novel, alternate universes, suits designed by disappeared father

I'm trying to identify a English-language kids' SF novel, I would have read this as a library hardcover some time before 1980. To the best of my recollection: Protagonists were subadult brother and ...
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YA fantasy with golden spots in eyes

Many years ago I read a YA series that I'm trying to find now. I remember virtually nothing about it, except that I'm quite sure the protagonist was female, and the bad guys developed some sort of ...
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Sci-fi novel about a protagonist who is recruited by a military organization to control drones in space, using neural implants [duplicate]

I’m looking for a young adult sci-ci novel. I don’t really remember the age, nor character names. The plot takes place in a dystopian future, in a city that already exists (Chicago maybe?). The main ...
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Time traveller story set in Australia where the ending is determined with a roll of the dice

I'm looking for the title and the author of a young adult book set in Australia. I read this in the 1980s or 1990s so it was published before 2000 and took place I do not remember the overall arc of ...
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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" [duplicate]

There's a book I read in the late '90s that I'm trying to remember. Here's what I remember: An alien whose preferred pronoun is "it" The scene I remember very vividly is one of the aliens ...
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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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