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 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

This book story is set in modern day. It is young adult fantasy. There is a magic school in the sky, I think. This woman can do all of the different magics, she has a friend who is savvy with ...
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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 ...
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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 ...