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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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series of young adult science fiction books from early 1980s about last of a race of martial experts that sees the destruction of his home planet

I remember that the main character is trying to find the group that destroyed his home planet while he was on a mission. His planet was very difficult to live on and the people became expert in ...
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Teens stranded in eco-system within alien ship, fighting for survival

Looking for the name of a book series I read in middle school, 2001-2004 roughly. All I can remember about it was that there were a handful of teenagers who somehow ended up on an alien planet that ...
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1970s space cadet training novel for young adults

I would love to identify a sci-fi novel I read in the late 60s or 70s. It followed a group of young space cadets through their training in the Space Academy. The training culminated in small groups ...
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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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YA series with a housekeeper or protector robot and set on a planet with a harsh sun

I'm afraid the details I remember are sketchy, but I read a series of books written in English (possibly a trilogy) in the early 1980s and was hoping to find them again for my children. The details I ...
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VR arcade game teaches teenagers to live on another planet

I'm trying to recall the title of a young adult-targeted book. It was probably published by Scholastic, or at least sold through their take-home pamphlets, which means it was probably published before ...
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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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Novel about a dragon lord who has to wear gloves at all times

I read this novel when I was young. It is probably a children's or young adult novel. I think I read it in 1997 or earlier. I remember very much enjoying it, but the title and most of the details are ...
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1970's sci-fi short story in 4th grade reading anthology

As I remember a boy from another planet was dropped on earth. Gravity didn't affect him as much. He was being chased by something and leaped over a barbed wire fence "like a deer". Also the story ...
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Teenage girl in life-sustaining valley on poisoned Earth visited by another survivor

I'm trying to identify a book I read in school, though I can't recall at what grade level; let's say it had to have been published before I graduated high school in 2000. Despite being required ...
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Generation starship with kids raised by robots

There's a book I remember reading sometime around 1981 or 1982 about a colony/generation starship where kids were raised by robots who gave them something in their food that kept the kids from ...
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Novel About a Girl Who Realizes She is a Clone [duplicate]

So I remember reading this book in the early 2000's, and I'm pretty sure it was placed in my classroom, so it was obviously geared toward young adults. It was about a girl who wakes up one day with a ...
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Looking for young adult book, possible from the last 10-15 years

I remember this book from my early teen years, although what I remember makes it seem incredibly bizarre, but from what I remember, it was really enjoyable. I'm sure I read it before I read the "...
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An old juvenile novel about a small group walking across the frozen Atlantic Ocean?

I first checked this out from a public library sometime in the 1980s. I believe it was written as a "juvenile" SF story . . . more-or-less what gets called "Young Adult" nowadays. English language, ...
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YA novel where clumsy boy gains wings

I'm trying to remember the name of a novel I read as a pre-teen. If I recall correctly, it would have come out in the 90s (though it may have been a reprint). The novel is set in modern times. I ...
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Looking for a Pre-1975, young adult, sci-fi, colored circle dimension crossing

Looking for the title and or author of a long ago favorite; I have searched the web for it on and off for years. I read a paperback novel about 40 years ago; it was probably a used book at that time. ...
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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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YA novel about dystopian future with non-human overlords and teenage heroes [duplicate]

I read a YA novel in the early 2000s that I think takes place on Earth some time in the future. The human race has been enslaved by some other race, possibly aliens. If I remember correctly, humans ...
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Young Adult trilogy [duplicate]

This has been driving me crazy. I know I read this book/books (possibly a trilogy) around the same time as reading Sabriel etc and the Windsinger trilogy. I don't remember a lot but I think it was ...
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YA Novel where the main characters family have been replaced by impostors

There's not much I remember about the book. I know it has a green cover, the hardback version anyway. The green is almost shiny with vertical lines, sort of like the matrix. This could be way off, ...
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Boy born in space needing to somersault and spin to counteract earth's rotation

What is the title of the book I read in the 1960s or 1970s about a boy that somersaulted and spun throughout the day? As he grew it became worse. The boy claimed he had a need to do this to feel ...
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Youth/YA Boy with telepathic panther

I read this as a very young teen and don't remember much about it. What I do remember is The setting was probably post-apocalyptic Earth but may have been a desolate extrasolar world Human ...
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1970's- 1980's children's SF anthology (British?) identification

I've been trying for years to find a children's/young adult science fiction collection that I read growing up in the 1980's in the UK. It wrecks my head whenever I try and look it up. There were a few ...
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Time Travel Book featuring dinosaurs, cave people, and children

I remember reading a time travel book when I was young, which means it would have been written no later than the '80s, but probably much before that. It featured an adult and some kids back in time ...
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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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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 who's father built some kind of time portal that appeared as a circular rainbow. ("No end, therefore no pot of gold" was ...
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YA novel - kid finds some kind of time traveling creature

I have a very, very vague recollection of this book that I read around 1999-2001. A kid or tweenager finds some kind of creature -- the visual image in my mind is of something like a horseshoe crab ...
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Children's book about child on failing generation starship saved by Cygnus The Swan?

In the late 1970s I bought a book at a school book fair (likely published by Scholastic) about a young boy who lived on a generational starship. The ship was failing. I remember some bit about an ...
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YA novel from pre-1980 set on the moon in which a boy is rescued by space gypsies

This was the first science fiction novel I completed reading on my own some 36 years ago. Unfortunately the details are very sketchy indeed, but here's what I think I remember: It was a hard back ...
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Book ID: YA fantasy novel, possibly from the 80s, where main characters have special abilities

I'm looking for the title of a YA fantasy novel I read back in the late 80s. The main character was a young boy that gets taken in by a group of people that came together to help him and save the ...
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Children's SF book about moon folk going to live on another planet

I remember reading a book, probably aimed at about a fourth grade level, in which there were aliens native to the moon. They decided to leave because more and more astronauts from earth were turning ...
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80s/90s book where boy stumbles on game where aliens gamble their planets

I don't remember much about it other than the setting. It's about a boy who one night stumbles upon some different alien races playing a game in which their civilizations will end if they lose. He ...
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'80s book about kids stranded on a planet

A friend and I are trying to remember the title and author of a book we both read as kids in the 80s. It was about a group of students who go on a mission that's supposed to be some sort of survival ...
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Girl visits somewhere in the south, and meets a family that doesn’t age

I read a group of books in 2009. They were all dark, scifi thrillers by the same author - can't remember the name but I'm almost sure it was a woman. It only took me a few hours to read each so they ...
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Young-adult science fiction novel series. Kid trained as warrior, all other kid warriors wiped out

I read these books when I was kid (early 1980's) and think they were published in late 60's, early 70's or possibly later. The premise was of a training group for teens to train them to be some kind ...
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Young Adult book about kids being bred for genetic purity in a world where races no longer exist

I'm looking for a book I read in Junior High (probably) about a world where everyone was basically the same race. One genetically pure male and female teenager of each race still exists. They are ...
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YA book about a young girl who is kidnapped by fairy people

I remember very little about this book, but I remember it featured a lot of eerie black and white pencil illustrations. I think it was about a young girl who is kidnapped by people who live under the ...
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Book where characters have powers that get stronger as they get closer to the center of the world

I'm looking for a young adult series. I read the first of installment a long time ago and I have never been able to find the rest. It starts with the protagonist scamming people with his ability to ...
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Someone sent to rescue brother, find out what happened to him?

I recall a book I read back in middle school (ca. 1981), where humanity had sent an astronaut to check out signs of an intelligent race or something like that, but he disappeared. Earth then sends ...
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YA novel about boys travelling to post-apocalypse future

This is a novel I read when I was young; it would have been sometime in the 1970s. I thought I remembered the author being Peter Dickinson, but I just checked a catalogue of his novels and found ...
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Children's Sci-Fi novel 1980s, another planet with moth-like creatures and glass-like grass [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out the title of a book I read as a child -- probably around 1988 -- aimed at 9-10 year olds. The story had to do with people leaving Earth and they were only able to take one ...
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Paper mache dragons that come to life

Looking for a young adult book I read in my high school library in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, back in the early 1990's about a teenager who makes three dragons out of paper mache, and they come to life ...
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Early 90s YA novel about a kid into special FX who meets an (animatronic, yet possibly alive) dragon

All i can remember are a few specifics, would love to rediscover the title. Haven't been able to Google up anything. The kid (~13) made special effects models as a hobby (only one i can remember is a ...
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Looking for young adult book about boy who wishes to be a farmer/gardener [duplicate]

I am looking for a young adult book, probably written in the late 60's to mid 70's, it was a dystopian future where people seemed to be set in for specific roles. The main character, a boy, wanted to ...
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SciFi series from the 80s (or 70s?): main character with bionic powers [duplicate]

I recall it being a series of books, each being approximately 200 pages or so. The main character I recall had 'bionic' powers - or, his skeleton was made out of some indestructible type of metal or ...
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Trying to track YA novel - virtual reality simulation aboard an interstellar generation ship

I'm trying to track down the title/author of a novel I read some time back. I read the novel sometime between 1998 and 2004; not sure when it was printed. The novel itself I originally found in the ...
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YA book involving a planet with dragons and double-K in people's names [duplicate]

I remember reading, in the 80s, an English-language teen-SF novel involving two teen protagonists (1 male, 1 female) on a planet (not Earth) that might have had some history of slavery (or inter-caste ...
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Novel about a young woman, and the doctor who mistakes her for a poltergeist

So, this is super vague and I apologize, but something sparked my memory and it's been bothering me, so here goes... I'm looking for a young-adult book I read probably in the early 2000's. It was ...
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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 where teen wakes up to find he's alone in a major city; turns out he's part of a strange psychological experiment on another planet

I must have read this book about 15 years ago or so. It was intended for young adults. The thrust of the story is this kid wakes up to find that his parents are missing. Upon further exploration, he ...