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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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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 ...
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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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Dystopian book where a teen boy and girl run from labor camps; turns out they were dreaming

I read a book in middle school that I've been looking for, for years. If I was to guess, I'd say maybe 60s-70s. I'm 34 now, so middle school would have been 1996-98. I can't remember much of the ...
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YA Fantasy with Celtic Theme

Read this in the early 90s but was probably from the 70s or 80s. The setting was Celtic or Arthurian. It involved transportation between the real world and the magical word. The characters were ...
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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 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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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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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/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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YA novel where every creature on Earth has human intelligence, given to them by scientists after humans left the Earth

I remember reading this book as a teenager, so most likely it is a YA novel. The premise of the story is that humanity is attempting to recolonise the Earth, after having abandoned it many ...
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Book series with a cover of a girl with unusual eyes, who receives a crystal ball

Don't really remember any of the books because I don't remember ever fully finishing the first book. All I remember is the cover was beautiful! There was a young girl on it with really pretty eyes. ...
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70s book with a young Hawaian girl diving among rocks that used to be human, includes the goddess Pele

It was a book, published sometime in the 1970's. I remember checking it out of either a school or public library. It's set in Hawaii and the main character is a young girl who spends a lot of time ...
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Trying to find a book called The Game

So I read this book about 4 years ago in my middle school English class and I haven't been able to find it since. It is titled The Game, but that's not its original title. I cannot remember the ...
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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 ...
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Book with kids with odd names and physical traits

I read this book about 10 years ago after I borrowed it from the Teen/YA section of the library. A teenage boy moves (possibly to Scotland? That’s ringing a bell) and meets a girl. They ...
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Kids with superpowers, antagonists with metallic eyes [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short YA series of books about a number of kids with superpowers. Each book focuses on one kid, who at the end meets the other surviving kids and joins them. They are all on the run ...