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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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90s YA vampire romance short novel where a girl moves to a new town and invites a vampire into her house

I'm struggling to get the title of a young-adult vampire horror/romance short novel that was written in the 90s about a teenage girl named Christina (I believe) who moves to a new creepy town where ...
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90s Teen fantasy novel told from the perspectives of 3 adventurers a warrior, a wizard and a small rogue

Looking for a teen fantasy novel from when I was a kid, unfortunately I can't remember the title or the author. It told the story of 3 adventurers: a warrior, a wizard and a small rogue. The ...
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80s/90s Teen Sci fi novel - Girl with robot named Kilimanjaro, travels to a space station orbiting Earth

Looking for a sci fi book with a young female protagonist and her indestructible robot Kilimanjaro (called Kili). She is forced to leave her planet (which I think is a moon) and eventually travels to ...
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YA SF novel with teen-only faster-than-light travel

I'm trying to recall the name of a book. No idea about the publication date, but I guess I read it roughly 10 years ago. It was a young adult sci-fi, the premise of which was that teens (no one older, ...
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Book about a future world where people could live in a VR world and become famous from it

I read this book a while back and probably found it in the young adult section of my library. The plot revolved around a future world where people could live in VR and earn money become famous. It ...
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YA fantasy book series about siblings that are taught by a powerful being

This is a YA book series read in the mid 2000s. One of the last books had a dark cover of a lightning storm over plains. I believe this story is about 2 siblings, guy and a girl, who start learning ...
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Late 80s/early 90s young adult sci-fi book about teenage girl living on the moon after Earth's invasion by aliens

The book is about a teenage girl who lives on the Moon after aliens take over the Earth. I think there was a picture of a blonde girl sitting and the moon in the background on the cover. It was one of ...
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Fantasy YA book from novel from late 80s or before

Trying to remember a book. I read it as a tween in the late 80s. Here’s what I got so far: A boy has to go on some kind of quest in another dimension (kind of like Narnia in that it was right ...
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Young Adult sci-fi fantasy featuring shape-shifting jelly monsters that engulf humans and take their shape

So I've read an adaptation of this book along with a couple more from the same series in a different language, but the writer there didn't reveal the original title. Key points: Four kids are the ...
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Book (series?) in which a word defeats a dark lord/evil king

I have remembered a middle-grade book (series?) that I'd read probably around 4th-6th grade. These are all the details I can remember: It was a medieval fantasy esque setting. It featured a world ...
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YA Sci-Fi book series - Alien ships attack Earth and steal a family, download knowledge into their brains

A series of young adult books I read as a child in the 90s. The basic storyline, I think, is that Earth came under attack by alien ships that feed off our photon cannons, and they steal a family, ...
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2000s (?) black and white comic about a training academy for teens with psychic powers, ranked by “psych level”

The story was set in some sort of sci-fi school or training academy. The characters were somewhere in their teens, and I think the main character was a blonde girl. The characters had some sort of ...
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1960s YA novel set in ancient Rome

Do you remember a YA novel circa 1960s in which the protagonist goes to ancient Rome and when another character gives the "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech, he catapults a load of ass's ears into ...
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Book where a camp of kids evolve to face a planetary threat

I read the first book in a series some time ago (10+ years) that involved a camp of kids that evolved powers and they weren't sure why. I remember there was some planet-eating or larger creature ...
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Fantasy Novel About a Princess With a Distinct Accent

I can clearly recall this book featuring a princess who spoke with a very distinct accent. The main issue I'm having now is that I remember very little of this book now. I know that I read it ...
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50s Young adult book about aliens from Venus who came to Earth and ignored children

My husband clearly remembers an odd book from the fifties that was science fiction but was treated as fact. It came from a school library so it should have had a well known or at least a good author. ...
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Fantasy novel where the character had to collect pendants [duplicate]

I remember reading a fantasy novel as a teen, so it would have been a young-adult novel. In it the main character had to collect pendants to ward off an evil. I remember him getting the first ...
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Young adult fantasy book about a woman's body being caught in a fisherman's net

I read a book when I was young (late 80s early 90s) that I remember bits and pieces of, but can't remember the title. The book starts off with a young woman's body being pulled from the water in a ...
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YA post apocalyptic book from the 90’s where a teen wakes up to find everyone gone

This is how I remember the book. It starts with the main character (young teen boy) who wakes up to his family gone, he goes outside and the whole street is desolate, no one. He takes a car and goes ...
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Fantasy story with 4 guardians and 1 master living in the capital

I'm looking for a book I read about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I don't know how old the book was at the time. It was borrowed from a library so the state of the book is a very bad indicator, that ...
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Book Where Girl Can Control Meteors and Works for a Circus (YA Novel)

I read a book a couple years ago. It was fairly new, too. In the book, people begin giving birth to children (girls only?) who could control elements. The first child can control fire, the second ...
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Freedom fighter versus evil space empire [duplicate]

I'm looking for a pair of YA science fiction books from the 90's about a rebellion against an evil space empire. I remember reading these books in primary school, in the 90's, but don't remember a lot ...
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A book about life as a ghost but being a ghost is only temporary

This was a book I read around ten years ago. I read it in Swedish, unknown if it was translated or not. I remember getting it from the "youth/young adult" section of the library, though that library ...
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YA steampunk novel about a boy stowing away on a ship, statues fall over restarting a volcano

I was recently reminded of a YA novel I read as a child in the 1970s, and I'm curious as to what book it is. I read it in Danish, but I'm pretty sure it was translated, probably from English. The ...
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2010s (?) YA sci-fi short story book with eerie or disturbing endings; one involving mind control and a baseball player

I read this book around 2013/14 but I’m not sure when it was published. Essentially there were a bunch of short stories with creepy or disturbing endings. I only remember one of them but I don’t know ...
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YA/childrens book I read in the mid-late 90s, about videogames & crocodiles?

I only have a few random memories of what this book is. I read this when I was in late elementary/middle school, so in the mid-late 90s (1994-1998 I'm guessing). I can't remember exactly what the ...
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Young adult book about a kid who has a robot “sibling” who crashes on a planet full of child robots

Looking for a young adult book from the 80s about a kid who has a robot "sibling" who crashes(?) on a planet full of child robots. The title had some sort of acronym in it.
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YA book series, main character named Thad, kept in a school where students were experimented on

He was kept in a "boarding school" but really it was a place where they experimented on students. Thad had powers where he would get angry and lights would explode. He could communicate telepathically ...
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Book: Phalanx trying to steal gyroscopes

I think I read this teenage book around 2010/12, and I don't have a huge amount to go on. The main bad guys, the Phalanx (might be spelled slightly differently) are trying to get the main macguffins,...
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90s young adult novel: young girl in a boarding school where some students are actually werewolves

I am looking for a series of young adult novels that I read in the early 90's. I read them in French but I believe they were originally written in English. The story revolved around a young girl's ...
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Short story from anthology (1960s-1970s) about astronaut in a zoo on a future Earth

I borrowed this anthology (possibly with "2000" in the title) from the young adult section of my local library in the UK in probably the mid 1970s. There was a specific adult science fiction section ...
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Children's book of true ghost stories from the 1980/90s

I looked through other questions but couldn't see anything like what I'm looking for. I checked out a collection of ghost stories every year from my elementary school library, so from about 1993-...
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Young adult novel about a girl with a robot housekeeper on an Alien Planet

I read this book roughly 4 years ago, and got it from a library. The sequel was actually about to come out when I had finished the book, but I never got to read it. I don't think it was old enough to ...
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70s kids novel. Boy saved by “guardian devil” from accident

Looking for a book from the 70's about a bratty kid who was always getting in trouble. One day while climbing a tree he falls out and is saved by his "guardian devil". He jokes that he will call this ...
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Young adult novel about a warlock studying in a magical school

It's the warlock's first time attending a magical school. In this school students are different magic users, but he is the only warlock. He has been repeatedly bullied throughout the school year; one ...
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Young adult book about a girl who goes to live with her dead mother's people, who are aliens

This book is probably from the 70s or early 80s. A girl's mother dies, and she and her father go to live in another town with her mother's relatives. The town looks relatively normal at first, but the ...
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Young adult trilogy about antarctic laboratory and old Gods

So I'm trying to find a trilogy of books I read when I was a teen. I read it in my mother tongue so the cover is irrelevant. It started on a cruise ship, the protagonist is this kid, on vacation ...
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Novel with a class of “Lords” with external databank-type neural implants

I need an ID on a (probably young adult) sci-fi novel I don't remember finishing. I read it sometime in the late nineties or early noughties. The library book didn't show any obvious indications of ...
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Young adult fantasy trilogy with a large symbol and coloured background

I'm looking for a trilogy of books that I was reading at school, back in the early- to mid-2000's. The school library had all three so I guess they might have been published a couple years before that....
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YA Series about a boy who gets a Aztec (?) armband, gains powers when tokens placed in it

I remember a book in this series around 7 or 8 years ago. I think it was newly published at that point, but am not certain. It was aimed at young adults, and I think the cover had a red border with ...
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Young adult or juvenile book about a young kid who meets a group of aliens who turn into insects

I am a librarian helping a patron find a book she read in 1989 or 1990. This is the plot description she gave me. A teenage boy is on summer vacation at a beach, and some cool young adult neighbours ...
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Trying to remember a young adult sci-fy fantasy novel about memory

In this book I'm thinking of: the main character was a young girl I believe the title showed half of her face and her hair might have looked blackish blue her parents grew up in this society where ...
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Post Apocalyptic YA series 4 tribes around a city

A series of popular YA novels form the late 90's, about a kid coming of age in a post apocalyptic tribe, one of four tribes, each one a different compass point, set around a central city. The ...
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Young adult fantasy book with eye color changes

I’m looking for a young adult fantasy book that I read in middle school, I think. It’s a series I think. It was about a kid that gets transported to another world that is parallel to his. Everyone in ...
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Looking for YA horror anthology book, late 90's, early 2000's

I'm actually looking for the name of a particular story in this anthology. I was around 12-15 when I first stumbled across it, and to my knowledge it was popular at the time. I've been through all ...
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Identifying YA Science Fiction Novel

I'm trying to find a YA novel that I listened to the audiobook version of sometime between 1999 and 2005 (I think). It was about a segmented future society, where the elite wore blue, the next down ...
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YA fantasy about a young boy and a telepathic sword he encounters

I read this book in the mid 90s and for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it. Here are some things that I think I remember although I’m not 100% sure. The author is either of Native ...
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YA fantasy about boy expelled from magic school [duplicate]

I remember a series of 7(?) YA books I read in the mid 90's about a boy who started to attend magic school. At the end of the first book he was expelled for doing something dangerous related to a ...
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Novel about an older race of amphibians discovered on Earth

This may have been a YA novel I read in paperback pre-80's. The protagonist was a kid who found a cavern and woke up a member of the race that was in some sort of stasis. They explore some of the ...
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Fantasy movie where princess puts soot on her face, leaves castle and has adventures

Looking for a movie possibly using modelling clay or puppets to animate the characters. A young princess is told to put soot on her face, leaves her castle and has adventures among common people. The ...