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 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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A spaceship saved by a teen who realizes destination planet is surrounded by electromagnetic field

I'm looking for an old short story or possibly a book, more than 30 years old, probably a lot older, about spaceship heading to some planet, possibly Venus. The previous ships have not been heard ...
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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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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 time travel book where a family skips forward through time

I read this book sometime in 2002/3 at school in Australia. From what I can remember of the plot: It's set in the future The main character is a female, and I think either her mum or dad works with ...
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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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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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YA book about a human girl who saves an cat-like elf guy, deals with racism and magic and a prophecy

I read it in the 90's but it was probably much older, it was a young adult fantasy book. The cover was blue I think, and had the blonde girl on a horse and maybe next to a mountain kinda small and to ...
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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. It started on a cruise ship, the protagonist is this kid, on vacation with his parents I believe (or just dad?) and he meets this ...
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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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90s Teen fantasy novel. Party of warrior, wizard and rogue. A powerful magic gem and a shapeshifting monster

Looking for a teen fantasy novel from when I was a kid, unfortunately I can't remember the title or the author. I'm sure it was part of a young adult fantasy series though. Not a trilogy or anything, ...
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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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Book about a kid who gets pulled out of his reality right as a car accident happens [duplicate]

I have been trying to find this book for years to share with my kids, it would have been from the 90s. It was young adult sci-fi. The cover had a boy falling and a silver orb floating next to him. ...
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Child/YA sociopolitical dystopia with kids who find an underground source of powers

As a kid, maybe around 1982, my parents read a book to me about a group of kids forming some kind of (cruel?) society. I cannot remember much of it; maybe my parents stopped reading because they felt ...
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80's/90's YA horror book: girl sitting on a bathtub in which her twin/lookalike has drowned

I have searched all of R. L. Stine's, and Christopher Pike's works as well, but I can not seem to find this book. It is a teen or young adult horror story from the late 80's or early 90's. I don't ...
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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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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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Young adult anthology book from 1970s/1980s

I am trying to figure out the title of an sci-fi short story anthology book that was geared towards young adult readers. It was in my junior high school library and I read it sometime between 1987 to ...
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Paperback YA novel where protagonists assume ghost's unfinished business is charity clothes drive

I read this somewhere in the 1990s, almost certainly as a Young Adult paperback, in English and in the United States. I might have gotten it from the library. There was a ghost that the main ...
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Creepy short story: sinister alien dolls, invasion of Earth

I'm looking for a short story that creeped me out as a kid! It involves alien dolls, which are sold to humans as souvenirs but are designed to inject a deadly virus into any nearby human, allowing ...
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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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Sci-fi book, blue critters than only some people can see, kids fight the critters as they feed off energy and are a threat

I can't really remember how long ago it was, but I think the book was marketed towards children/teens. All I remember is the basic premise of the story. Some story about these unusual little blue ...
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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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Untalented girl takes long-forgotten job as guide; mayor's son talks to stones instead of trees

Along time ago I read a fantasy book series, I do not remember much but the main character was a girl and when she had to pick her job she was going to be a fool or something because she had no ...
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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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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 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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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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Young Adult Science Fiction Story Identification: Arm Regeneration in a Nuclear Dystopia

I read this young adult novel in 2002, but I remember that the book from the library had some wear and tear, so it could have been published in the 1990s. It's been some time, but I will try to give ...
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What novel was set in a dystopian future and featured a boy searching for his missing father?

I'm hoping someone can identify this young-adult/children's sci-fi book. I read it in 1996-1997, but I remember thinking it was written in the 1980s. The main character was a boy (maybe in his early ...
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90s(?) young adult sci-fi anthology book, including a girl astronaut going to a smell-less world and a merman-looking boy

I'm looking for a compilation of YA sci-fi short stories which I read in high school in the mid 90s. The book had two stories which I remember: Was about a girl astronaut who goes to another world ...
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Looking for a fantasy/sci-fi young adult book about kids fighting to get to the top of the tower

I vaguely remember reading a book about a world where people are divided into different groups (with different abilities/powers) and are selected to go fight. It's kinda got a Hunger Games/Divergent ...
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YA sci-fi/fantasy/horror book about a kid that has to overcome a lot of trials

I'd like to make a disclaimer that I remember very little about this book or when I read it (I think I read it sometime in the late 90's or early 2000's), so it'll probably be difficult to figure out ...
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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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YA sci-fi book with a teen girl, an alien spaceship, and human experimentation

I'm trying to find the title of a YA book that is about a teen girl whose boyfriend is taken by an alien. I think their spaceship is cloaked in a field near their school. The girl sneaks into the ...
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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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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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2000s fantasy book, teen boy followed home by crows/ravens, feels a weird presence when entering his house and is rescued by a stranger [duplicate]

The book takes place in winter and starts off by following a young boy who just turned a certain age like 13 or in that range. The boy notices that as he was walking back home that crows or ravens ...
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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 ...