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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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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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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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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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Children's/young adult fantasy book about a boy who had an ability to tell what people were like by touching them

This is The Princess and Curdie by George Macdonald. This is the second of two books; the first is called The Princess and the Goblin. They were written in 1872 and 1883, respectively. The "...
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Kids story - a character grows red wings, has them cut off and replaced

The Wishing Chair Series (cover† used on the Wikipedia page, which claims fair use via Enid Blyton society) You might be picturing a human character getting wings, or possibly a creature (like a ...
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Kids funny short book. Involves a troop of boy scouts who go camping and meet an alien

Thanks to Fuzzy Boots' questions in comments I have found the book. 😀 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9663843-ging-gang-goolie-its-an-alien
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'80s–'90s science fiction children's book about a gold monkey robot stuck on a planet like a junkyard

Is this The Planet of Terror (1985) by Patrick Burston and Alistair Graham...? Your mission in this activity book is to find your crashed spaceship and return to Earth, but first you must outwit ...
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Story about a boy with gills who travelled in seaweed and kids who travelled with him could breathe underwater

I don't know if you'll see this, but I was searching for the same book - it was driving me crazy! It's Splashman by Lydia Weaver. A fantasy adventure about a boy--part fish, part human--who spirits ...
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1980s YA/Childrens book: valley surrounded by mountains, bunch of misfit gnome-like people repel invaders

I have never read The Gammage Cup by Carol `Kendal, 1959, but your plot summary reminds of the summary of The Gammage Cup on page 88 of An Atlas of Fantasy, J. B. Post, 1973. The Gammage Cup is a ...
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A children's novel featuring a race of spider-like aliens

I think this is probably Sweetwater by Laurence Yep. It was published in 1973 so it's old enough for you to have read it 30 years ago. On the planet Harmony, Tyree and his people are fighting to ...
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Boy who is also a prankster gets body swapped with his school principal

This is Head Kid by David Baddiel. It was published in 2018, so within your timeframe. The boy is a prankster, the old head teacher retires, and he body swaps with the new one. From Goodreads: ...
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Children's fantasy story with dragons and St George

Is this Deliverers of Their Country (1985)...? It was originally published as a short story in The Strand Magazine in May 1899. The author was Edith Nesbit, an English writer and poet. From Goodreads: ...
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Sci-fi children's book with an alien football mascot named Mookiee?

This sounds very much like Aliens in the Endzone, the second book in the Screammates series, published in 1998. The plot concerns a middle-school American football team called "The Rockets". ...
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Looking for Children's Sci Fi Novel about a Kid Whose Family Is Able to Create Planets

Is this Pi in the Sky (2013) by Wendy Mass...? Joss is the seventh son of the Supreme Overlord of the Universe. His older brothers help his dad rule the cosmos, but all Joss gets to do is deliver ...
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Book about a warlock who fears fire

I’m a few years late because I was just searching for the answer to this and stumbled across your post. I spent several hours looking and finally found it! It’s called The Eye of the Warlock (2005) by ...
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A children's or YA book where the protagonist hasn't had their special power develop; later revealed to be a form of precognition

This sounds very much like Power of Three, a novel by Dianne Wynne Jones, first published in 1976. The story deals with three siblings, Gair, his sister Ayna, and hs younger brother Ceri. They live on ...
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Illustrated children's book series from the 80s about petrol drinking aliens

Possibly The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, published in the US as The Iron Giant. There is a Wikipedia article about the book here. This has been published in numerous editions some with black and white ...
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Illustrated children's book series with Greek Mythology references

I found this question while trying to identify a series I myself had forgotten, and the mention of Terry Denton in your post lead me to what is likely the answer to yours (and certainly the answer to ...
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Children’s story about siblings who travel to an alternate universe where time runs slower

Is this Marco's Millions (2001) by William Sleator...? It's a prequel to The Boxes (1998). According to the Wikipedia page, a boy named Marco and his sister, Lilly, discover a portal to another ...
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1980s sci-fi childrens' book series which taught programming in BASIC

Could this be Micro Adventure (1984)? Micro Adventure is the title of a series of books for young adult readers, published by Scholastic, Inc. during the 1980s. Created by Eileen Buckholtz and Ruth ...
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Book written in different colors depending on which narrator or character is "speaking"

Well, certain editions of The Neverending Story used red for our world and green for Fantastica. See this question. But that's only two colors, and I don't know if there was a Spanish edition like ...
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70s illustrated children's book about a witch who lives in the attic of an old house purchased by a single mother

Possibly Old Black Witch by Wende and Harry Devlin, as per this answer about the TV adaptation. A boy called Nicky and his mother are looking for a new place to live somewhere in New England. The ...
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Book about a girl who enters a fantasy land with a blue queen who stole her dog

Is this The Key to Rondo (2007) by Emily Rodda...? It's the first book in the Rondo trilogy. A new realm of magic from Emily Rodda, the New York Times bestselling author of the Deltora books. There ...
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Looking for a children's book about a tiger who travelled the world

Through the method of looking at all the google image search results for children's books with a tiger on them I discovered the book I was looking for is: The Adventures of Little Tiger, by Marielle ...
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Children's SF: young pilot flies spaceship into meteor storm, patches damage to ship (spoilers of another book)

I think that may be the short story “Rock Pilot” by Harry Harrison, first published in 1965, but it’s many decades since I read it and I don’t have access to a copy to check if the details match.
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Seeking children's book of connected ghost stories, with one ghost wearing a noose

One book I enjoyed as a kid matches your descriptions of the anthology. I tried to solve the one way it doesn't match: the stories didn't have an over-arching frame story that all of the others ...
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Book about a baby dragon that was left on a family’s doorstep

I believe it is Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville I last read this at least as far back as 1992, so I could be wrong, however it immediately sprang to mind when I read your question.
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Book written in different colors depending on which narrator or character is "speaking"

Is it possibly Legend by Marie Yu? According to this site, she uses at least two colors (black and gold) for two of the characters POV. Its publishing date of 2011 only makes it 12-13 years old, ...
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Book about an orphan girl with orange curly hair

Possibly Anne of Green Gables? I've found a few book covers that match, such as this one: You can search through other editions here. Of course, if it is Anne of Green Gables, the question is off ...
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