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This is Bad Blood by Peter Kennedy (1996). It is the fifth book in the "Fun Fax Horror" series. It is young adult, according to Goodreads. Summary (emphasis mine): Mike Campbell can't believe his luck: he's got two free Zombies tickets and the most popular girl in his class has agreed to go to the concert with him! What Mike doesn't realise is that he's ...


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It's probably The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. It's the second book in the series. The main character of the second novel, and a major character in the entire series, [Will Stanton] is the seventh son of a seventh son, in a large, close human family. His eleventh birthday marks the beginning of his magical awakening and rise to power as the last of ...


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Bob Fulton's Amazing Soda-Pop Stretcher: An International Spy Story (1963) by Jerome Beatty Jr. Child prodigy Bob Fulton invents a machine that will turn one bottle of soda pop into several. Something goes wrong and the machine explodes. That's when he discovers it turned the soda into the perfect frictionless lubricant. His sister and her friends use it to ...


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Ready Player One (2011) by Ernest Cline In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop ...


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The book I was remembering was titled The Game by Terry Schott! It's a pretty good book that covers the story of Zack the main character as he plays a virtual reality game in which people can earn credits (money) for when they are back in the real world. I'll post the official summary of the story below! What if life as we know it was just a game? What if ...


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This might be part of the Replica series by Marilyn Kaye. The one that sounds the most similar is Another Amy. Perfect Amy Candler tries hard to blend in with everyone else, but then she comes face to face with someone who looks just like her--someone who is another Amy. The two girls look identical, and Amy expects them to have identical personalities. ...


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I believe this might be Wildside, by Steven Gould. The characters are teens, and the main character, Charlie (which fits with your recollections) has discovered a portal to a parallel world in his Uncle's barn. Because the world is one in which humanity hasn't evolved, there are extinct species alive and so might qualify as "Jurassic Like" (although no ...


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"Devil on My Back" by Monica Hughes. In an ambiguous future, the Earth has gone through an unnamed "Disaster" and subsequent "Age of Confusion." During this, a group of scientists build a great self-controlled city called Arc One to house the survivors and save all human knowledge. Knowledge has been regulated to devices called "info paks" which enable ...


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This is almost certainly the Outernet series. I also read it in the early/mid 2000s. Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia's description of the first book (emphasis mine); I include also mentions of some other key characters and story elements (Loaf, Merle, Bitz, Googie, Help) in case they ring bells for you: On Jack Armstrong's birthday, he received a laptop ...


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This is a long shot, but this might refer to a library edition of the Earthsea trilogy by Ursula K. Leguin. The main character through the three books was Ged, also called Sparrowhawk; he was himself a wizard, and the first book (A Wizard of Earthsea) followed his beginning on the island of Gont, as a precocious child, followed by his education at the ...


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Possibly First Contact (1994) by Nigel Robinson. From Amazon : The year is 3243. A mysterious alien craft, which has been travelling for 2000 years, moves slowly through deep space, searching for only one planet - for contact. This review talks about three "Point SF" books, including First Contact, for which it mentions the robot: In First Contact, ...


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The Mouth by Carmel Bird You can see the fish on the front cover. Jade knows that her best friend, Fern, has died. Yet she can hear Fern tapping on the window every night - what is Fern's ghost trying to tell her? It's part of the After Dark series.


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The first story, as suggested in a comment by Mr Lister, is probably "Pawley's Peepholes" (aka "Operation Peep"), a short story by John Wyndham published in Science-Fantasy, Winter 1951, which is available at the Internet Archive. Set in the present (i.e. the middle of the 20th century, when it was written), it is about annoying time-tourists from the future....


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Could this be Margaret Peterson Haddix's Escape from Memory? It was published in 2005 and has a cover much like you remember. While playing around with hypnotism at a party, Kira remembers fleeing a war-torn country with her mother, speaking a language she can't identify. A few days later her mother disappears, and a woman who calls herself Kira's aunt ...


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Could this be The Door Within by Wayne Batson? In The Door Within Trilogy, the Glimpses eyes change colour depending on their affiliation: Blue for King Eliam, Red for Paragor, and Green for neutral/undecided (I found this searching the Eye Color Change page on tvtropes.) The following quotes are all from the 'pedia page on the book: It was about a kid ...


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Plagiarizing my own answer: School of Wizardry, the first book in the "Circle of Magic" series by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald, does indeed match perfectly. The protagonist, a boy named Randal, is training to become a knight when he sees a magician perform at his castle and has a prophetic dream which he interprets as meaning he's destined to be a ...


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Angel Blood by John Singleton The nurses call this place the Bin. We have to get out. We have to run away before they hurt us for good. But there's no escaping Dr Dearly and his brutality - is there? Four extraordinary children face a terrifying ordeal. Their only hope is local hard-case Nail, but has he got what it takes to save them? Brutal, ...


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Gelo (Génesis #1, 2006) by Wolfgang and Heike Hohlbein. It's the first book of the Génesis series, all books of which have an octopus lovingly hugging a diamond/a planet on the cover, as you can see here. From Goodreads and from our good friend Google Translate, since I didn't find an English version of that (originally German) book: On board of a ship ...


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I am almost positive this is The Time Shifter by John Peel. A beautiful dream of a better future? Or Brandon's worst nightmare...? Twelve-year-old Brandon Mooney gets the scare of his life when he looks into a mirror...and sees a grizzled old man staring back at him! But things get really weird when the old man steps out of the mirror and ...


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Possibly the 1988 novel Fade? It's about invisibility and the title seems on par with your memory. The linked wikipedia article mentions incest and labels it as YA fiction. The page count is off though, it's over 300. This teenreads review mentions the uncle ...finds that he has inherited the ability from his Uncle Adelard... This Kirkus Review ...


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Not all the elements you quoted are in the one I'm going to suggest, but let's try. The Wind on fire trilogy, by William Nicholson. The first book, The Wind Singer, tells the story of the twin Hath, Kestrel and Bowman, and Mumpo, a friend, to retrieve to voice of the Wind Singer to destroy the Morah (the evil) that lies on their city, Aramanth. There may ...


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As Harry said in the comments on the Question. You're looking for the Millennium Rule trilogy. The first book is Thief's Magic. Some of your details mix parts from book 1 and book 2, so everything below is likely to be a late arrival spoiler. In book 1, the male viewpoint character is Tyen. He's an archaeology student on a dig with his professor when he ...


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This looks like the The Gecko and Sticky series. Summary from the first book, Villain's Lair: Dave Sanchez is an average boy with an after-school job and a pet gecko named Sticky. All very normal—until the day Sticky talks. Sticky tells Dave a wild tale of a former life of crime, searching for Aztec gold with a treasure hunter named Damien Black, and of a ...


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Ark of Venus by Clyde B. Clason https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13565979-ark-of-venus They hang chains off the bottom of the vessel which prevent the electromagnetic storms from damaging the vessel as it descends.


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I think you are looking for The Seventh Robe by Ged Maybury I think I read the same book in around 1995, and found this page while looking for it, the added information that it was likely an NZ author led me to the Amazon page I recall this book having the AI robe that was black, and I think they are given to the children in some kind of egg that opens. ...


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King Tut's Game Board by Leona Ellerby While vacationing in Cairo, Justin Sanders meets with Nathan Alistant and the two boys explore the pyramids, Tutankhamon's tomb, and the Temple of Abu Simbel. Reviewer on amazon mentions it being blend of science (underwater archaeology) and fantasy (Atlantis). It can be read on archive.org, some excerpts from ...


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This is The Big Joke Game by Scott Corbett. For the record, it's not "Beelzebubbaroo", it's "Beelzebubaroo" A young boy who loves practical jokes and games finds himself in the strange land of Limbo where the only way out is to play a complicated game.


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This is Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull. After arriving at the blind king's decrepit keep, Jason learns that the "blind king" is really Galloran, a broken hero who already tried and failed on the same quest that Jason is now committed to. A few moments after learning of Galloran's true identity, Jason is introduced to Rachel, a ...


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The book is called Basilisk (2004) by N.M. Browne. This evocative story of greed, power, and deception sweeps from the underground cave network of the Combers, living like spiders among the endless tunnels and ropes, to the beautiful city inhabited by Abovers. When a young man named Rej discovers the body of a murdered Abover in the combes, their worlds ...


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The Game of Sunken Places by M. T. Anderson, 2004. Cover copy from Goodreads: When Brian and Gregory receive an invitation to stay at a distant relative's strange manse . . . well, they should know better than to go, since this is a middle-grade adventure novel. But they go anyway. Why not? Once there, they stumble upon The Game of Sunken Places, a board ...


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