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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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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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Book(s) about a decaying/post-apocalyptic USA, where some teens get captured by a biker gang encamped in a zoo

It was written in English. I read some of this by 2014 at the latest in British Columbia, Canada when I was in middle school in Grade 6-7. It could have been a series, or one book. I don't remember ...
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Looking for a children's or young adult novel about three kids travelling to a fantasy land

I've been trying to remember the title of a children's or young adult book I read as a child about thirty years ago. (So it may be from '70s or '80s). I don't remember many of the details. There ...
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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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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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Children raised collectively, girl taken to be translator for aliens

I read this book somewhere around 1996/97, probably on the earlier side, and I'd like to track it down. It was in the school library (Durban High School, South Africa), but for the policies of that ...
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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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Trying to find a YA dystopia published between 2012-2015 with a main female lead and aliens

I've been trying to remember the name of this book, as it was the first a series. I wanted to wait until a few more books came out, but I forgot the name and my Kindle Unlimited history has been ...
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Fantasy Book - Unrequited Love, Female Protagonist Not Human?

I read this book in middle school or before, which would mean publication in 2002 - 2003 at the latest, though I couldn't tell you how old the book was when I read it. I started writing down books I ...
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Looking for a half remembered web novel (2000-2010)

I'm looking for a web novel I read years ago. It may have been posted on the web earlier, though the time frame I've actually read this falls between 2000-2010.I remember most of the story quite well-...
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Mother exists as a human brain within a “box” that interacts with a teenager(?) or young adult-offspring fighting for rights

In the 1990s I read a sci-fi novel, a one-off book (not a series). It began describing a futuristic time where people either have brain-augmentation or senior citizens have the option to discard ...
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Trying to find the name of a book with smartphone-like shoes

I am looking for the title of a book I read a good while ago. Because it's been a long time since I read it. I think it was more of a children/teenage book. The story started with a group of gifted ...
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Fantasy novel featuring a war, two distinct sides, and possibly the colour green/jade?

This was a book I read when I was about 13, around the year 2002. I borrowed it from the school library at the time and really enjoyed the story (at least, I think I remember enjoying it). I've marked ...
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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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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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Name of a YA book series about Dragons and wyverns

I only have so much to work from my memory but here it goes: The story was about a normal child that was pulled into a fictional world where Wyverns stalked the land. The protagonist (a youngish boy ...
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Sci-fi novel in the 90's or early 2000 - Girl revived in violet room, tried to escape

In the early 2000s I read a Science fiction book in school. The details I remember are vague. Just little glimpses of the beginning. I believe in the beginning of the book a girl, the protagonist, ...
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Name of children/teenager sci-fi book

About a boy (teenager) who put together an egg-shaped spaceship. A face-less person welcomed him into this “lost (and found)” world where it rained at night and you could do anything except skydive ...
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Story ID young adult sci fi novel

I read this book that I can't remember much about, it's this teen guy who discovers he has psychic powers. I remember he lives in a shitty house, and he has lots of anger issues. He breaks his TV at ...
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What was the name of this book?

in the 90's I read a children's/ YA book dealing with a boy who had to travel somewhere and he did so in a boat. The book opened with a battle between the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans. I remember a ...
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Looking for the name of the book where a character enters another world in where he is part of a prophecy

I read this book in elementary school but don't remember the title, author or anything aside from a few vivid points. The story starts in the real world (I believe it's around WW2) where a boy ...
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Book where family has to move due to extreme weather conditions

I read this book a while back while I was in middle school (between 1999 and 2001). The book was most likely published some time in the mid to late 90's. I can't seem to remember what it's called and ...
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Trying to find: novel where the protagonist is killed and sent to a world where willpower controls everything

I read this book around 2011. Its about a trio of characters that get killed very early on in the book and get sent to a world where willpower is the main force. For example, you don't physically walk ...
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Teen sci-fi novel about a girl who finds out teacher cloned her

I read a book around 2000 (the book looked fairly new, but might have been a new edition) that was about a young girl who wakes up on a space ship with memories of being on Earth years before. She ...
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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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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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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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Near-future sci-fi/fantasy story for young adults

I'm looking for a book I read a few years ago, around 2010-2014. It was about a boy who lived in a world where kids and teenagers can play recreational games like golf, tennis, etc. if they work at a ...
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Book about a kid trying to break a dream

I am looking for a book I read about 10 to 15 years ago. The protagonist (a girl?) and their family end up in an abandoned airport or military airbase, I think some ghost planes appear and then they ...
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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 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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YA fantasy novel with a girl who finds a forest inside her house or a book

In 2009 I read a Young Adult fantasy novel where a girl finds a forest in her home (or a book), and travels through it. It also had a personification of death involved. I think it was published ...
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Long Lost series of books read in school

I read a series of books in high school about the Earth being invaded by more technologically advanced race of aliens (aren't they all? But of course if they weren't then it wouldn't be much of a ...
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Psychic girl who can read thoughts by touch!

I'm looking for a book, but I only read the first chapter and I don't remember much, but here's what I do remember: The main character was a girl who recently moved to a new town, I think it was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I'm looking for a book where a family go camping in the woods and aliens start attacking

So the book starts off with the family deciding to take a trip to a cabin in the woods. The daughter also has her best friend with her. The points I remember from the book: The father has an affair ...
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YA sci-fi book, teen joins alien resistance group, monster illusion ring

Looking for a young adult science fiction book I read in the 90s. I think the focus was on a Earth teen male, that somehow joins a space resistance group. It’s not The Tripod series or Under Alien ...
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Looking for name of young adult book I read from library in the 1970's

The book was about a group of high school kids who are kidnapped while on a field trip. They are taken to a space ship that was last here during the dinosaurs and the habitat has them in it. The ship ...
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Graphic Novel, early 90s, multiple fantasy/scifi stories

I've been trying to identify an English language graphic novel I read in the early 90s, it was in the YA section of the local library, so the content wasn't too 'Heavy Metal'. The first story ...
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YA Book, Parents go to Another Planet while Few Young Adults stay on Earth, Probably 80s

A group of young adults have been left behind on earth while their parents are on a different planet building a future society. Many other people are also on earth and the feeling is that they have ...
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Help identify a post-apocalyptic novel with giant ferrets

Here's another novel that I read in High School that I'd love to track down - it's in English, and must have been written in 1993 or earlier. I know that I got it in my school library, so it is ...
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Name of YA fantasy book, post apocalyptic setting in a gray/sunless world

This has been bothering me for years, I never can seem to find this fantasy YA book I read as a teenage. What I remember is that the protagonist is a young girl living in a medieval/post apocalyptic ...