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Help me find the title of a sci-fi apocalyptic movie following a brother-sister duo, but the sister is different somehow

This is a fair description of the science fiction film Serenity Serenity is a 2005 American space Western film written and directed by Joss Whedon in his feature directorial debut. The film is a ...
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Young adult fantasy novel where young girl was priestess-in-training in a dark sacred cave

This sounds like The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula LeGuin. Arha (originally named Tenar) is selected as high priestess of the dark powers of the Tombs. She is trained, mostly by other priestesses, but ...
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What fantasy book has twins (except one's blue) and a cloaked ice bear on the cover?

I think you're looking for the Phenomena novels by Ruben Eliassen. Phenomena is a series of Norwegian Young Adult fantasy books written by Ruben Eliassen. The series follows the elf boy Alk and his ...
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Young adult short story book with one story where a woman finds a walrus suit and becomes a walrus

Thank you to @TheLethalCarrot, without whom I would not have found this book. The book in question was Half-Human (2004), which did indeed include part of Dusssie by Nancy Springer. A girl who hears ...
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Novel where anti-gravity devices are attached to a submarine and it floats to the moon

Could be Harry Harrison The Daleth Effect. From Wikipedia: He fits an experimental Daleth effect unit to a submarine to create a makeshift spacecraft. When it is sent into space to rescue two ...
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Movie or book about people kept in a type of prison where if their name came up in a lottery, they'd be subject to experiments and/or organ harvesting

Sounds like the premise for The Island (2005). From Wikipedia: The Island is a 2005 American science fiction action thriller film directed and co-produced by Michael Bay. It stars Ewan McGregor, ...
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Looking for a book about kids with animal guides

Perhaps Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, who is indeed British. Also known as The Golden Compass in the USA. The novel is set in a world dominated by a theocratic international organisation, the ...
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Young adult short story book with one story where a woman finds a walrus suit and becomes a walrus

As this was in a school classroom it seems highly likely it might have only included excerpts from the stories and not the whole thing in detail. Or it could have just mashed together a group of ...
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Trying to find a book called The Game

Invitation To The Game by Monica Hughes, which was later re-released as The Game. It's the year 2154. Lisse and her friends have been deemed unemployable in the eyes of society. Now they must ...
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Looking For A Mistaken Identity Super Hero Book About A Woman Who Works Fast Food

Night Shift (2018) by Erik Schubach Night Shift is the first book in the Emily Monroe Is Not The Chosen One series which consists of 3 books (so far). Emily Monroe may be a lot of things, but one ...
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YA novel involving immortality via drowning

The Live-Forever Machine This is an early work by Kenneth Oppel, the author of such well-known works as Airborn. It’s got "machine" in the title, of course. According to the Goodreads ...
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1980's? Young Adult Fantasy Orphan Son Who Dies in Car Accident

This rang a faint bell with me, and I was able to localize it to "Dead End", a short novel in the "Shockers" series by John Peel, published in 1994. The best, and indeed only, ...
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A novel or novelette length ghost story, "You can't trick me the same way twice"

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe is a low fantasy novel for children by Penelope Lively, first published by Heinemann in 1973 with illustrations by Anthony ...
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Teenagers discover a network of tunnels to other times

I believe this could be "The Time Maze" by Reginald Maddock, published in 1960. Online information about this book seems really scanty - the Goodreads page, for example, is disappointingly ...
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Children's / YA novel and game about travelling back in time via an old tree

This is almost certainly "The Riddle of the Trumpalar Tree" by Judy Bernard-Waite (goodreads link). Matches: Australian, the description on Goodreads doesn't specify which city Main ...
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Young adult time-travelling book with the tag-line "what if you could slip in and out of time"

I think this is Out of Time (1990) by John Marsden, republished by Tor Teen in 2005. The cover shows the tag "What if you could slide in - and out - of time?" The time machine looks like a ...
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Short story about a young man stranded alone on Mars who runs out of air

"The Air of Mars" (1970) by Dmitri Bilenkin. Its only English publication was in The Air of Mars and Other Stories of Time and Space (1976) edited (and translated) by Mirra Ginsburg. A ...
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Absurdist/comedic novel about the behind-the-scenes of the universe

This might be The Seems, a series by John Hulme. I found a snippet in a Google books search that has a team of (Jamaican expy) time miners, who normally mine Firsts, Seconds and Thirds of time from ...
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Young-adult novel about cursed wishes from the 1990's or earlier

This is probably Bill Brittain's The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree (1983). Three young people, Polly, Rowena and Adam, find a mysterious man at the county fair selling cards for 50 cents each ...
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Novel where anti-gravity devices are attached to a submarine and it floats to the moon

This could be H. G. Wells' 1900–1901 novel The First Men in the Moon. In particular, the description of an antigravity device that functioned like window blinds is exactly as it appears in the book. ...
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YA fiction 1980 - society living in underground caverns

Partial match is 'Devil on my back' and the sequel 'Dream catcher', especially if some elements are conflated. Both novels involve colonies of humans who survived some sort if disaster in arcs, which ...
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Time traveller story set in Australia where the ending is determined with a roll of the dice

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 ...
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Book title where a space faring character is turned inside out

Could it be E.C. Tubb's Stardeath? Ships occasionally disappeared in hyperspace, regrettable sacrifices to the luxury of faster-than-light travel. But now one of the lost ships has been found, and ...
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YA Fiction Series: Color-coded magic system and protagonist kills brother at high school

The timing is a bit off because this was written in 2018 not five to ten years ago, but could this be The Magician's Brother by H. D. A. Roberts? The protagonist is Matthew Graves and his magic is ...
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Identifying young-adult fantasy trilogy

I believe that is Lloyd Alexander's Westmark Trilogy (Westmark, The Kestrel, and The Beggar Queen). From the first book's summary: Young Theo, an orphan, has been raised in a small town, Dorning, by ...
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Mutineers force captain to record instructions to spaceship's computer but he leaves out "please"

This is probably "Mutiny" (1980) by Malcolm Hulke. It was only published in an anthology called either Galactic Adventures or Purnell's Book of Adventures in Space. (I'm not sure they're ...
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Children’s fantasy novel where a boy discovers a house in the wood sheltering otherworldly people

Could this be Nina Beachcroft's Beyond World's End? By a bizarre coincidence, I just started re-reading it yesterday... It features a boy, Chris, who lives in a small village with his Grandmother, ...
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Sci-fi book, blue critters than only some people can see, kids fight the critters as they feed off energy and are a threat

The Supernaturalist (2004) by Eoin Colfer. "In the not-too-distant future, in a place called Satellite City, thirteen-year-old Cosmo Hill is unfortunate enough to come into the world unwanted by ...
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A story where technology is forbidden, but used by priests

This is a trilogy by Tripods author John Christopher: The Prince in Waiting, Beyond the Burning Lands, and The Sword of the Spirits. Literally everything fits, except I don't think the sword ...
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Old book about a young man marooned in space who is drawn to an alien shipwreck by a ring he is wearing

This sounds very much as though it could be The Zero Stone by Andre Norton (which also has a sequel - "Uncharted Stars"), first published in 1968. The young man's name is Murdoc Jern and he has an ...
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