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 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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Boy who can learn languages if he hears just a few words...mom is kidnapped...YA book title?

I read part of a book about a boy who could speak a language if he heard just a few words. He and his mother play a game where they slide on the floor in socks while she plays the radio and he learns ...
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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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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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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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Help identifying a story where kids discover some kind of wormhole in a garden

This is going to be unfortunately vague (I read these books as a kid...some 15/20 years ago). What I can remember is that the stories/books had a dark atmosphere, that the main characters were young, ...
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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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Identify this sci-fi book - young man, teleporters, alien planet survival? [duplicate]

I read this book probably 25 or more years ago. - Maybe 1988 or so. I keep thinking it was Heinlein (or really any classic sci-fi authors) but I haven't found it yet. I think it was a short book, not ...
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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 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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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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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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Underground society from 1980's teen book - moss lichen food

I read this in the mid 80's at school, a society of people living underground, not futuristic homes. One boy not convinced the world is all like his world. Something about glowing moss or lichen.
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Looking for YA fantasy novel involving medieval princess who time travels through a lake

I think it is a YA novel, I remember reading it in middle school. I'm a bit fuzzy on the plot, but I remember a princess jumping into a lake and time traveling to modern times. She goes to a high ...
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Book featuring magic headgear and death by cats

I read a novel, at most ten years ago, that featured a villain of some sort (not the big bad- more of a side quest) who wore a stack of hats. As in, probably upward of one dozen hats on his head ...
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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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70s YA novel about two boys travelling millions of years into the past, meeting a "cynogasaurus" and rival animal-themed caveman tribes

I read this in English in the late 70s in primary school. What I remember: Two boys are somehow caught up in a time travel scenario. I think their father may have been the inventor of the time ...
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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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Fantasy book, YA, Girl with magical powers & tattoos

I read this book series in middle school. I believe that it would be classified as young adult fiction/fantasy. A girl has magical powers, and with her growing powers comes runes/tattoos in her arms. ...
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Book With "Strangest Jigsaw Puzzle Ever" Cover

I'm looking for a book of short horror stories. It would have been a young adult book from the 80s (it was in my hands around '85). The cover was a rendition of the "Strangest Jigsaw Puzzle Ever" ...
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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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70s young adult sci-fi novel about an heretic among the stars? [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a 70s (I think) young adult sci-fi novel. The protagonist is a peasant in a culture established offworld. The culture has sunk to a basic agricultural level. The planet they are ...
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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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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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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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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 book from 70s where the cover illustration was drawn in shades of green on a white background

I am unsure if this YA novel was actually SF or just an adventure story. I read it in the mid-70s. The reason it was important was because it piqued my interest in physics and science. It may have ...
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70s kids novel. Boy saved by "guardian devil" from accident [duplicate]

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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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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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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Young adult novel involving Time-travel, via a round, rainbow like portal [duplicate]

Haven't read it since I was a child, but I recall a story involving a young man whose father built some kind of time portal that appeared as a circular rainbow. ("No end, therefore no pot of gold&...
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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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Book featuring an encounter with a mind-reading centaur

I read this book many years ago, it has been plaguing me for like 12+ years. It was definitely about a group of kids on a weird planet - for sure a girl and a boy. They definitely had some sort of ...
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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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Looking for a sci fi book about a girl with eyes that changed colour

I read this book maybe 10 years ago, it was set on this ship where they found a young stowaway with eyes that changed colour based on her mood. I think her name might have started with an "R" and it ...
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Short story about a young man stranded alone on Mars who runs out of air

I read this story in approximately 1979 (plus or minus a year); I found it in an anthology when I was systematically reading my way through all the SF in my library's YA section. Note that the book ...
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A collection of stories about young monsters and vampires

There are a couple of books I have been trying to find for years. I found and read them in my school library when I was in either intermediate or middle school; somewhere around the late 1980's. I'm ...
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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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