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Was "The Hobbit" book ever abridged?

Yes, several abridged versions have been made available; The (2009) Highbridge Radio Edit (full cast) The (2002) BBC Radio Edit (full cast) The (1993) Martin Shaw Abridged Audiobook The (1986) BBC ...
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Children's short story about material that accelerates away from gravity

This is "Peter Graves" by William Pene du Bois. The anti-gravity material is called Furloy. It's a short book though, not a short story. Published in 1950. My copy is from 1972. The cover ...
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Story identification - Childrens' Sci-Fi circa 1980s

Douglas Hill - Huntsman, Warriors of the Wasteland, and Alien Citadel. The Alien race is the slavers; they capture the protagonist (Finn) family, and in the course of trying to rescue them ends up ...
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Sci-Fi Book With Cover Of A Person Driving A Ship Saying "Look Ma, No Hands!"

This sounds like book number three of the "Outernet" series, by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore. As with yourself, it happens that I have only read this one volume of the youth-oriented ...
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Was "The Hobbit" book ever abridged?

If you're looking for a picture book, there's a 1999 graphic novel you could look for. Otherwise there are a various illustrated editions that might be appropriate for reading along with; I found a ...
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Book about a mouse on a motorbike with a sick kid

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary From Wikipedia: Ralph is a mouse who lives in the run-down Mountain View Inn, a battered resort hotel in the Sierra Nevada of California. Ralph longs ...
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'80s–'90s science fiction children's book about a gold monkey robot stuck on a planet like a junkyard

I suspect that this is The Planet of Terror, by Patrick Burston and illustrated by Alistair Graham—which is available at via the Internet Archive (although small portions of the page images are ...
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Bugs Bunny picture book involving a machine that creates carrots

Bugs Bunny's Carrot Machine (1971) Here is a picture of the machine and Bugs putting junk in to get it to work. And the machine does eventually break down explode due to Bugs being too greedy and ...
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Children's novel about a boy and girl who slip back in time to the Roman days in England

This sounds like Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling. The book contains a series of linked stories about the adventures of two children across different times in England's history, guided by a ...
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Book series for kids with boy and stones that went on belt

Another possibility is The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper. There are five books in total: Over Sea, Under Stone The Dark is Rising Greenwich The Grey King Silver on the Tree Part of the ...
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Children's book: Book of curious machines

This is The Book of Foolish Machinery by Donna Lugg Pape. It contains 'The Click Clacker Machine' and other poems including 'The E Eater Machine' (which I hav r produc d in full b low) The E-Eater ...
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Kids' book about boys finding a disc from a planet called "Eyopee"

Could this be Rusty's Space Ship (1957) by Evelyn Sibley Lampman? There was no way for Rusty Adams to know that the shiny metal disc he had found at the city dump and used on his play space ship in ...
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Is the 'Magic Ex Libris' book series by Jim C. Hines suitable for children?

No. Although the book series doesn't contain explicit descriptions of sex, it does contain a great deal of sexualised content. I've only glanced through looking for the naughty bits, so please bear ...
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Children's' fantasy, 1970s. Grumpy and agressive rock

Almost certainly "The Nargun and the Stars", an Australian kids book by Patricia Wrightson, 1973. The "ancient, wise and cryptic creature" your recall was the friendly Potkoorok. ...
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Book where a boy and girl are transported into a fantasy video game

I believe that it is Demons Don't Dream, the 16th novel in the Xanth series. The protagonists, Dug and Kim, from "Mundania" (aka our world), start playing the Companions of Xanth game, which starts ...
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Children's book - front cover displays blonde child playing flute in a field

I found the answer!!! It's The Moorchild (1998) by Eloise McGraw Synopsis from Goodreads: Half moorfolk and half human, and unable to shape-shift or disappear at will, Moql threatens the safety of ...
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Children's science fiction book 1960s?

This may be The Tripods trilogy (1967-8) by John Christopher. Maturing children were "capped" to ensure their obedience to the alien invaders who'd conquered earth. The cap was a metal mesh (their ...
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90's book about children climbing a tree and visiting different worlds from there

I'm pretty sure you're thinking of The Faraway Tree, a series by English author Enid Blyton. Books in the series include The Enchanted Wood and The Magic Faraway Tree. The "pancake person" ...
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Children's novel about a boy and girl who slip back in time to the Roman days in England

This is likely only a partial match. Could this be The Magic Treehouse #13: vacation under the volcano? In this story, the protagonists Jack and his sister Annie are taken to ancient Pompeii, just ...
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Children's book about a child that falls into a puddle and travels through a dark, twisted realm

Jeremy and the Puddle by Christopher Hobbs? It was published in 1990, and involves a child falling into a puddle (without his mother) and entering the world of Reflections. He does make his way back ...
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1980s Floral Punk (?) Violent Cottage Core Children's Book

This is Trouble for Trumpets by Peter Cross and Peter Dallas Smith (1982). From a review: "Fanciful creatures called Trumpets are besieged by their sworn enemies, the Grumpets in this lavishly ...
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Short series of 1980's children's SF books

I do believe I recognise these books. I don't think the series had a name - just the individual book titles - but Goodreads and Wikipedia refer to them as the "Professor Gamma" series, so ...
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Early 2000's Children's Book With Rhubarb Farm

Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve The summary from Goodreads is as follows: Eleven-year-old Polly Peabody knows her family's world-famous rhubarb farm is magical. The plants taste like chocolate, ...
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Book Identification - Children's sci-fi book about videogame aliens

This sounds like "Only You Can Save Mankind" by Terry Pratchett. "...send him a message with a picture of some weird eggs with legs and something like 'Please don't shoot! There are children on board!...
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Fantasy book about walking backwards in a graveyard to an alternate fantasy world

Maybe the Spooksville series by Christopher Pike? Main character is Adam, and the Secret Path seems to be walking backwards through a graveyard. (Found with a search that brought up this result in ...
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UK scifi book with children kidnapped in spaceship

This is a 'Space Hostages' by Nicholas Fisk, published in 1967. The ship was designed as the ultimate nuclear bunker for the government, but is hijacked by the lieutenant. He offers the children a ...
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1980s YA/Childrens book: valley surrounded by mountains, bunch of misfit gnome-like people repel invaders

I'm pretty sure you are thinking of The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall (1959). Here is an excerpt from a review http://carolsnotebook.com/2010/05/05/the-gammage-cup-by-carol-kendall/ The Minnipins ...
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Fantasy Story About A Boy And Girl That Enter A Fantasy World Pre-1994

This sounds a bit like The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O'Shea. There is a Wikipedia article on the book here. This was published in 1985 so it fits your time frame, but it's a lot longer than 60,000 ...
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YA/kids' book featuring a kid and an alien whose preferred pronoun is "it" rather than "he" or "she"

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 ...
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Book about siblings in a magical world?

I believe this is A Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones. The hero, Eric (or Cat) is a an enchanter who possesses nine lives (like a cat). He does not know it. His sister Gwendolyn is a witch. Cat ...
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