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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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What is the earliest young adult dystopian trilogy?

There were two trilogies written by UK author John Christopher that may count. These are The Tripods Trilogy first published in 1967 and The Sword of The Spirits trilogy first published in 1970. Each ...
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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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Young adult sci-fi book where space medics treating sick individuals accidentally kill the microbe that gives them intelligence

"Star Surgeon" by Alan E. Nourse possibly. From this review: The moment the humanity found a way to travel fast in space they discovered Galactic Confederation of different aliens. All of ...
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Book where Earth is invaded by a future, parallel-universe Earth

The SYLO series by D. J. MacHale. The first book is called SYLO, so it is a single word title as you remembered, and it was published ten years ago in 2013: Fourteen-year-old Tucker Pierce prefers to ...
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A post apocalyptic story about a father and daughter who survive an alien attack that wipes out humanity

You are probably thinking about Strange Tomorrow by Jean E. Karl, although there are only two parts to the book, not three. And her brother is there as well. Both main characters are named Janie; 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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Looking for a mistaken identity super hero book about a woman who works in 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 about a clumsy boy who learns it is actually his talent

It sounds like the Alcatraz series of books, by Brandon Sanderson. The first book is titled Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians. I've not read it, but here's some snips from TvTropes that line up with ...
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Fantasy adventure book with a boy who gets lost in the desert and is saved by nomads, who make him race to win back his horse

This sounds like John Flannagan's "Erak's Ransom" from the Ranger's Apprentice series. Will, the protagonist, uses a "northseeker" (a compass) to get through the desert but gets ...
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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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What is the earliest young adult dystopian trilogy?

There are surely quite a few. The first that comes to mind is John Christopher's Tripods series, published in 1967-8. (There was also a prequel, but this was published much later in 1988 so the ...
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YA Novel : 'A Drop Of ? Water'

The Awakening Water by G. R. Kesteven. I'm sure I have a copy but I cannot find it so I can't provide quotes. However the summaries I find by Googling confirm it's the book I remember e.g. Google ...
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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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Young adult sci-fi book where space medics treating sick individuals accidentally kill the microbe that gives them intelligence

This sounds like Star Surgeon (1960) by Alan E. Nourse. The story you describe is the second excursion of the hospital ship described in the book. They receive a distress call from a planet (31 ...
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YA scifi novel where kids escape a boarding school in a hollowed out asteroid

This sounds a lot like Starstormers, a series of five books by by Nicholas Fisk. It deals with a group of children, Vawn, Ispex, Tsu and Makenzi, who escape from boarding school on Earth by building ...
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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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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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The Aquanauts, series of books in a post-apocalyptic future

This is the YA book series The Hydronauts by Carl Biemiller. The first book was published in 1970. From the back of book 1: "The range was not the entire world. But it was more than 80% of it, ...
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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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Book series about an enhanced female agent who is assigned as a bodyguard to a male musician

In Justina Robsons "Keeping It Real" (2006), first installment of her Quantum gravity series, cyborg operative Lila Black is protecting the Elven rock musician Zal. Background to the series ...
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YA book where the main character goes to an island, finds a beautiful woman who serves them food, but it was an illusion

There's a scene that matches somewhat in A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, book #1), by Piers Anthony. In this book, the main character, Bink, finds himself on an island (disguised as a yacht) with an ...
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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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