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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Futuristic dystopia book where kids have superpowers and were fighting in a war for their countries; had multiple character point of views

The book had a red cover and the synopsis said something like “what would you do if your country told you you were the key to winning the war?” The main boy character in the story had powers similar ...
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Young adult book series with female protagonist and a human half-breed with purple eyes [closed]

All I know about it is that it was written in the 2000s, it's a fantasy YA book series. A woman as the protagonist and one of her love interests is a human half-breed with purple eyes.
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1950s-1979 young adult novel about a boy traveling through world which turns out to be a spaceship

I remember reading this book as a kid. It was a hard-cover book with a picture of an alien jumping up and down or dancing in the bottom right-hand corner of the cover. It was definitely geared toward ...
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Looking for a YA book about a boy that learns to use powers from an adept in a weird house that appears abandoned from the outside

I am looking for a YA book about a boy who learns to use powers from a mind-adept, in a seemingly abandoned house. The adept helps him open his mind by using a cube. One of his powers, I believe, is ...
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Identifying a YA novel about a chosen set of teenagers who are forced to serve a corrupt king

I'm hoping to identify a YA novel I read around when Hunger Games started to get popular (2012ish? I don't know if the novel was released then though). It's got quite a Hunger Games vibe to it. It ...
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Hilarious Juvenile Science Fiction space adventure from 1950s or 1960s

This was a laugh out loud funny space adventure novel for young adults with interconnected stories about a rather bumbling but lucky young space adventurer, possibly a cadet...Its opening chapter, as ...
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80s/90s YA novel: Child named Gen finds “dragons” which are actually ICBMs

When I was young, in the late 80s/early 90s, I read a novel in school in Canada. I believe it was specifically a YA novel, and may have been available though Scholastic, though I can't be sure of that....
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looking for science fiction short story about boy and friends who jump through planet gates to watch star explosions

This story is relatively new. It's short probably from one of the most known sci/fi magazines (Asimov, Analog, The magazine of fantasy and science fiction, Clarkesworld) I just read it earlier this ...
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Book about a girl who can shapeshift into various forms, like hyena and squirrel

I probably read this young adult series (possibly a trilogy?) in 2015-ish. I don't remember much of the plot, but there was a girl who could shapeshift. I remember one scene when she transformed into ...
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Book involving a supernatural adolescent boy, maybe ages quickly, possibly dies [duplicate]

In 1991/2 I read this book that involved a supernatural boy who emerged somehow, or arrived in a space craft, who was befriended. The being was an adolescent boy, and physically superior to the one ...
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Young adult vampire novel with a female vampire hunter and her two friends, all orphaned

This was a young adult vampire book about a girl who is a vampire hunter with her two other friends. They are trained by a man who is an older hunter. All of their parents were killed when they were ...
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Mid-century novel read in elementary school, about a woman with coloured skin and her guardian on a distant planet [duplicate]

Any help with this would be much appreciated, as it's been slowly driving me insane. In elementary school (c. mid 90s), the entire class read a sci-fi novel about a girl with coloured-skin (green or ...
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Fantasy story about a boy who finds a dragon egg

I'm looking to identify a book I read in the very early 2000s, it was about a boy who found a dragon egg (I think it was set in England) there was a merlin-type character who helped him and a side ...
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Book where kids at a boarding school bid go contracts to do certain chores

I read a book in high school, it was about a foster kid who ran away too many times so he got sent to a boarding school in the mountains. In the boarding school kids could bid on contracts for what ...
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Story about a girl and colorful stones

My memory is very hazy but it’s a story about a girl and colorful stones. I read it with my daughter at least 15 years ago. It’s a “teen book”. Again - hazy memory but I think the cover is a coral ...
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Novel about girl growing up in a mirror universe, searching for surface world

I read this book on my Amazon Kindle. There was a girl whose father disappeared and she went on to later volunteer/work for some sort of research company. She had a dream where she saw a man shoot ...
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Anthology book: man tricked he was dead by falling off a balcony, apocalypse with black spot on the sun etc

Male author(s). I read this book between 1996-2000 and was published in the USA some time within that decade. It was written in English and was an anthology book. I can recall 3 stories though I ...
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Boy finds alien and becomes friend with it

The movie starts with an alien ship. After the boy and the alien become friends, the boy takes advantage of the alien's skills. For example, while swimming, the alien sticks to his back and helps him ...
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YA Book about post-apocalyptic world caused by a pandemic, boy and his sister meet a cult leader who believes the virus cleanses the human race

There's a book I read a long time ago, and Google is no help. It's about a boy (don't remember his name), and his sister Henrietta who live near the Grand Canyon. The world has been destroyed by a ...
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Book, possibly YA, about a young girl with fey powers, sought by fey royalty to destroy the world

A young girl finds out she has fey powers and the fey queen wants to use her to destroy human world. The dark fey king turns out to be her uncle and trains her. Meanwhile she falls for the guy who is ...
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A scifi young-adult series from late 90s or early 2000s, called “Odyssey?”

Looking for this English language series I read sometime around 2005. There must have been five or six books in this series. It involved a group of friends, some kind of spaceship, and possibly aliens....
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Fantasy/magic book with female protagonist and a misogynistic villain in a ringed city

This is a young-adult book that I read in approximately 2006 (definitely before 2010), in English, but cannot remember the name of. The setting is medieval-ish fantasy (similar to the Abhorsen / ...
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Fantasy story with a young female protagonist and an ageless wizard

I am searching for a series of young adult books I read approximately 10 years ago (2010). They were from a library so I assume they can't have come out before 1990. There are two protagonists: a ...
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YA fiction novel about a boy who discovered the power of runes as seen in Norse mythology

I'm looking for a book I read as a teen, it was about a boy (his sister became a main character as well) (modern day) who discovered the power of runes as seen in Norse mythology.
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Old sci-fi book - man invents video game, learns secret. Love interest put in cryosleep

I am looking for an old sci-fi book that takes place in the future. People are living to be hundreds of years old and a man gets the Nobel prize for inventing a new video game to prevent boredom. He ...
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Looking for an 80’s fantasy book series [closed]

I am looking for an 80’s fantasy book series. The covers of the books and the books themselves were pinks and oranges. I think there may have been more than 5 but less than 15. The one I remember ...
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YA sci-fi novel with megacorp controlling massive tornadoes, mastermind with fingerprints burned off

I'm looking for a standalone novel in English aimed at a teen audience. I read it in print between about 2010 and 2016 and it was relatively recently published at the time. I believe the cover had a ...
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Fantasy series where protagonists are altered by frequent trips to another world

I'm looking for the name of a fantasy series that I read around a decade ago. I know it left a strong impression on me because I remember thinking it was a great read at the time, but I've lost most ...
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Fantasy book. YA. Teen girl. School. Tattoos corresponding to abilities, visible after pool of water. Girl with many tattoos

I'm looking for a YA fantasy-book. I think it's the first in a series. It's set at a magical school, where new students start in their teens (I think around 18). New students are taken to a cave, ...
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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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YA sci-fi novel with teens given superpowers in order to defend Earth against an alien invasion

I'm looking for a sci-fi novel written in English and aimed at a teen audience. I read it in print between 2014 and 2018 and it seemed fairly new at the time. I think the cover was pretty dark-colored,...
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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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