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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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Young adult's fantasy novel where young girl was priestess-in-training in a dark sacred cave?

This has bothered me for some time, and I cannot find this book through strategic google searching. Years ago in elementary school, I read a young adult's fantasy novel. The story was about a young ...
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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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Trying to remember the name of a female, Canadian, children's sci-fi author from the 80s

I read a number of books when I was around 10-15 years old (roughly 1985-1990) by a female, Canadian, sci-fi author. I can't remember her name (maybe Amy something?) or the titles of any of the books ...
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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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Trying to find a sci-fi novel I read when I was a teenager (early 2000s)

First of all the book looked fairly new so I don't think it was more than a few years old at the time and I'm 80% certain I picked it up in the young adult section at my public library. The story ...
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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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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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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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A juvenile fantasy novel with the hero being tutored by two famous Jacks from fairy tales

I'm looking for a juvenile fantasy novel, written in English, with at least a few interior illustrations, which I borrowed from a library sometime in the early-to-mid 1980s. I found it very ...
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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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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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Story with student test to find a new world and bring back navigation data, teacher tried to persuade students to go native

I read this novel at least ten years ago, and likely more. It is a young adult book (labelled as such, I think), and I recall I read it at the exact same time as "Star Hatchling" (published in 1997, ...
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Creepy YA short story about children living in walls to hide from a monstrous man

This story scared me so badly when I was a little kid that my father threw the book away! I would have read it in English in the US prior to 1989, and it was almost certainly a Scholastic Book Club ...
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Story Identification: Young adult novel, horror, teens play a D&D variant, but things start to turn real

To the best of my recollection, they went to a house of some sort for the evening to enhance the role-play aspects of some D&D clone/adaptation, and there was even a stuffed octopus or some such ...
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Collection of YA horror short stories late 80s early 90s called “Chills” or “Shivers”

I am looking for a series of books from the late 80's early 90's. There were at least 2 books in the series, called "Shivers" or "Chills". They were a collection of horror stories for Young Adults. I ...
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YA novel involving immortality via drowning

In the early or mid-'90s, I read a young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel that I can't now remember the title of. My recollection is that the novel involved a main character (a teenage girl, I think) from ...
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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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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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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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Looking for a YA story about a boy bugging a wizard

I'm trying to identify a story I read as a child in the late ninties or early 2000s. It was otherworld fantasy, set in a fairly standard medieval fantasy world. What I remember: the main character ...
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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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Young adult novel about time travel

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I read in fifth or sixth grade, meaning it would have to have been published in the mid-90s or earlier. It was a young adult or maybe even children's novel. ...
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Short story about a dwarf hidden in a robot suit, who needs more air to breathe

This is another short story that I read when I was a kid. I think that I was in elementary school at the time, so it was likely written before 1989, and absolutely no later than 1993. I read it in ...
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Looking for 1970's SF novel title where people travel to other planets by transmitting their consciousness to a replica body at the destination

This was a 'young-adult' SF novel I read in the late 1970's, about the same time I was reading Voorloper by Andre Norton, Madeleine L'engle's Wrinkle In Time books and the Dragonfall 5 young adult ...
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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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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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YA scifi novel where handedness is referred to as north and south instead of left and right

Can you help me find the title (and hopefully the author) of a young adult sci-fi novel which I started reading 15-20 years ago? [~1990~1996, maybe] I never finished the book and I still really want ...
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Young adult book about 5 girls with superpowers

I'm looking for a book for young adults (read it about 6 to 8 years ago, so around the 2008-2010 time frame) about 5 (or 4) girls, brought together because they have superpowers and can save the world....
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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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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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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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Name the SciFi book where a person finds a crash-landed alien mech/ship [duplicate]

I remember when I was young really enjoying a SciFi book that I found in a closet of a house that we moved into in the late 80s - early 90s. What I remember is it being about a kid or person who ...
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Short story about political speeches

Media: Short story When: I read this in school back in the 90's so I assume it is by a well known Sci-Fi author Plot: A man is explaining to another about his new scientific process of delivering ...
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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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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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90's teen fiction - UK town shrouded in mist/fog causing violence

I remember borrowing this book from my teens from a local library so some time in the mid-90's, although I can't be sure if it was new or old at the time. The story was science fiction set in the UK ...
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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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Book Identification: young adult sci-fi with a Christian slant/influence 90s/80s novel part of a series

Scifi novel published around 80s or 90s, part of a series. Interplanetary space opera with a young adult slant/approach. Earth colony, but Earth is not featured or mentioned. Main story centered ...
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Book about young girl who got injured and was remade in a robot body without her knowledge?

I haven't read this book in years and can't remember the name of the book. It wasn't popular or anything but I remember bits and pieces. She was a young girl and she noticed things weren't right when ...
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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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Looking for a book about kids with animal guides [duplicate]

I read a YA book 13-14 years ago about a fantasy world where everyone is magically connected to a small animal, like a rabbit or dog. The kids are maybe 11 or 12, and can communicate telepathically ...
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Heinlein — long hair in 1958?

In Have Space Suit--Will Travel, by Robert Heinlein, the POV character Kip says, after spending some time immobilized in an alien hospital: There was a mirror ... It showed me with enough hair to ...
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1980/90s scifi book about a librarian who recommends 3 short stories to two students at an alien university

As I remember, this might have been a young adult book. Two alien students at university seek the help of the librarian in finding research material. He recommends three "books" which are short ...
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A story where technology is forbidden, but used by priests

I am looking for a story I remember reading in the mid-90s. I can't remember if it was a trilogy or just a three part book, but I know it was in paperback book form. I also know it was found in the ...
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Young Adult Sci-Fi book about Aliens Ruling Earth and a Human Resistance [duplicate]

I am looking for a book about aliens ruling Earth and there is an underground rebellion. I read this over 20 years ago, so only certain parts stick in my mind. I believe it took place on the west ...
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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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Looking for a young adult book about an audiovisual recording device that can rewind and fast-forward past the limits of the recording

I read it in the early 90s, I think, although it might of course be older. It was a short book, under 100 pages, probably under 50, and I think I read it as a paperback. A boy acquires a device that ...