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A Talent for War by Jack McDevitt The cover shows a bearded face under a helmet with a shiny surface (rather than balding). Published 1989. The story is told from the point of view of Alex Benedict, researching the war decades later after his uncle dies mysteriously. Christopher Sim was the leader of the resistance at the start of the war against the ...


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This has to be The Devils of D-Day (1978) by Graham Masterton. Quoting the blurb: At the bridge of Le Vey in July 1944, thirteen black tanks smashed through the German lines in an unstoppable, all-destroying fury ride. Leaving hundreds of Hitler’s soldiers horribly dead. Thirty-five years later, Dan McCook visited that area of Normandy on an investigation ...


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HENRY MARTYN by L. Neil Smith I haven't got around to read this book yet, but from what I know of it, this is almost certainly the one you're looking for. It has a boy kidnapped by pirates, opens with a torture scene, and the space pirate ship has sails. From a review on Tor.com: The book opens as a young Henry Martyn is tortured into revealing everything ...


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I believe this is The Three-Body Problem (2006) by Liu Cixin. The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience the Hugo Award-winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to ...


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This may be The King's Peace by Jo Walton. The King's Peace is a fantasy novel by Welsh-Canadian writer Jo Walton, published by Tor Books in October 2000. The first of Walton's published novels, it is also the first of three "Sulien" novels. It was followed in 2001 by a sequel, The King's Name, and in 2002 by a prequel, The Prize in the Game. The ...


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This is Guardians of the Flame (TV Tropes link) by Joel Rosenberg. Guardians of the Flame is a fantasy series by Joel Rosenberg about a group of roleplaying college students who abruptly find themselves inside the world of their game, in the bodies of their characters. The first book, The Sleeping Dragon, depicts their attempt to return to Earth, and their ...


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Might this be Aliens Ate My Homework (1993) by Bruce Coville...? This review contains a good summary of the plot, confirming the interaction between a schoolboy and tiny aliens in a miniature spaceship: Sixth-grader Rod Albright, better known as Rod the Clod among his classmates, is a target for the two bullies at school and the go-to babysitter for his ...


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Li Jian's The Water Dragon seems to match. Long ago, in a remote village in China, there lived a kind and generous little boy. He spent his days in the forest, collecting wood to trade for food. One day, the boy made a wondrous discovery: a magic stone that caused his money jar and rice crocks to overflow, both of which he shared with the poor villagers.But ...


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The Valley of the Wolves (2000) by Laura Gallego García, the first book in the Chronicles of the Tower series. It was published prior to the date you said you read the book in question. The cover has a girl with black hair and a ghostly boy, as you described. And according to this review, the girl grew up on a farm, with a boy only she could see as a friend,...


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Beyond the Labyrinth by Gillian Rubinstein Fourteen-year-old Brenton questions the choices in his life when an alien anthropologist arrives to study an ancient Aboriginal tribe that once lived in the area around his home. From this review: At the end of the third last chapter, the narrative suddenly turns to address the reader and asks them to make a ...


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Are you certain it was a seven-piece suit, rather than six-piece? A man is described as wearing a six-piece suit (including a topcoat and top hat) in Robert Rankin's The Witches of Chiswick (2003): The mighty figure's apparel was of the most striking and elaborate confection. A six-piece suit of lime green Boleskine tweed, with matching shirt and trousers, ...


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This is most likely The Future Took Us by David Severn. From Goodreads: David Severn wrote quite a bit of children’s fiction, and this is one of his more memorable efforts. Two schoolboys (age unstated but from internal evidence probably about 17 – a popular age for boy heroes in this kind of story) narrowly escape a caning from their headmaster when they ...


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It sounds as if you are just slightly misremembering the title; instead of Iron Giant I believe you are thinking of The Iron Man, a 1998 novel by John Watson (not to be confused with the work by Ted Hughes with the same title.) The plot follows the theft of a Russian world War II era battleship, the "Stalin". As the OP recalled, it was designed to ...


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I identified the book. Three Faces of Me (2012) by R.L. Stine. When Ira Fishman wins a prize in the machine outside a candy store, he’s disappointed it’s not the squirt gun he had his eye on. The little black plastic box looks like a camera, but when Ira presses the green button on top, nothing happens. After dinner that night, Ira can’t believe what he ...


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Might this be The Duplicate (1988) by William Sleator? Apparently the boy and the first duplicate do flip a coin to decide who has to do what, and there does end up being more than one duplicate in total. The main character, David, finds a device at the beach that can duplicate any living organism. After testing the device on his pet fish, David makes a ...


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I focused on the second story are more likely to be able to be found--and I'd heard of a similar story at least. A bit of searching turned up "The Trouble with Paradise" by Alan A. Grant. Using the Internet Speculative Fiction Database, ISFDB, I checked to see which anthologies it had been in. It turns out to have been the first story in Exciting ...


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Pretty sure this is Reboot (2013) by Amy Tintera, the first book in what is currently a duology. Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest ...


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This likely Daughter of Dusk (2015) by Livia Blackburne. This is actually the second book of a duology with Midnight Thief (2014). The hero, Kyra, is a Makvani, a race known as Demon Riders, and she can change into a giant cat: Kyra could feel it still, the warmth that started in her core and expanded out until her body melted and her bones stretched into ...


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This is Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken, book one of the Dragon Kin series. The girl is Annwyl and her evil brother is Lorcan: “And you are Annwyl of Garbhán Isle. Annwyl of the Dark Plains. And, last I heard, Annwyl the Bloody.” Annwyl did cringe at that. She hated that particular title. “You take the heads of men and bathe in their blood.” “I do not!” She ...


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This may be a little late, but the series you were looking for is The Guild of Specialists by Joshua Mowll: Operation Red Jericho Operation Typhoon Shore Operation Storm City These books follow the adventures Rebecca and Douglas MacKenzie aboard the ship Expedient, which is under the control of their uncle, Captain Fitzroy MacKenzie


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I found it. The book is Plain Kate by Erin Bow. Katerina "Kate" Svetlana is an orphan who lived in the small eastern European market town of Samilae. She was called "Plain Kate" because her father introduced her to a butcher as Katerina Svetlana "but I just call her plain Kate" (Plain Kate, Bow 1). Her mother died in childbirth ...


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Might this be The Valley of the Wolves (2000) by Laura Gallego García? It seems the original, Spanish version of the book was published in 2000, and the English version in 2006. According to this review, the protagonist grew up on a farm, with a boy only she could see as her friend, until a mysterious magician showed up one day, offering to take her away ...


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This sounds like Me Two by Mary C Ryan as per YA/children's fiction about a mail-order clone It's about a 13-year-old boy named Wilf Farkus who orders OceanPups for a school science project (where OceanPups are probably a lot like Sea-Monkeys). The lab that sells OceanPups made a mistake, so Wilf inadvertently cloned himself. The clone went to school ...


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Brainboy and the Deathmaster byTor Seidler


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It's not a perfect match, but from what I can find online, this is quite similar to the Doom Star series by Vaughn Heppner. It's a couple of years earlier, 2010-2014, but at 6.5 books it's close to what you're looking for. According to ISFDb the main series books are between 320 and 380 pages. The series' hero is Marten Kluge, a normal human caught in a ...


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Could this be Time for the Stars by Robert Heinlein? Travel to other planets is a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity to find habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. With no time to wait years for communication between slower-than-light spaceships and home, the Long Range Foundation explores an unlikely ...


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I do not remember the cover, but the plot you describe sounds identical to Rockets in Ursa Major by Fred & Geoffrey Hoyle. The spherical alien ships, the lithium bomb used on the sun to destroy the alien fleet. Followed up with novel Into Deepest Space. The science in these books was so suspect that even a preteen (me) was able to see the through it.


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This sounds like Sabriel by Garth Nix. It was written in 1995 I think. It is the first in the Old Kingdom series which was released in the 2000's. The cat that travels with her is called Mogget and is actually some sort of spirit or demon that is kept trapped as a cat by the collar he wears. Mogget is extremely lazy and often gets into Sabriel's backpack, ...


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