I'm slowly building up a library of amazing books for my three sons. What books do I need to make sure to include? Are there boy equivalents to Anne Shirley, Sara Crewe, Meg Murry, Matilada, et al? [more inside]
I was at lunch with a friend of mine and the conversation turned to escargot. She said, "I remember reading a book when I was a kid where the girl went out to a fancy restaurant, and she accidentally ordered escargot because she didn't know what they were." [more inside]
YA/children's book featuring a magic-brownie baking witch. More details after the jump. [more inside]
I need more examples of the ways that children get into magical worlds in books. [more inside]
Yet another asking for a friend book recommendation. Looking for teen / older tween books that are based in/around Florida, punny, humor-wordplay, fantasy based, not that usual go-to-guy
. [more inside]
My pediatrician's office had a book in the waiting room--true stories of terrible accidents told by the kids and teens who managed to survive them. Anyone know the title? [more inside]
I'm looking for a YA novel that was:
- published before 1989
- omniscient third-person narrator
- is set sometime between the 17th and 19th centuries
- is set on a large ship (a schooner, I believe)
I read a book matching this description as required reading in my eighth grade English class. Can you help me figure out what it was?
Help remember the name or author of a book of short stories targeted to children or young adults. The theme of the stories was body autonomy and how to react to sexual abuse. More description inside. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of a young adult novel I read (in the 80's or 90's) where a character is forced to do some work with radioactive materials at the bottom of a pool.
I read this sometime in the 80s. It was a chapter book, just shy of YA. And it's title was something like "The 45th Thing I Love About Amelia" or "The 45th Best Thing I Love About Anastasia" (wrong number, wrong name). Oh, and at the end, the mom opens a closet door and there's a dead dog inside or something. [more inside]
A friend and I were talking, and she was saying that there aren't any feminist heroes in YA fantasy. I countered with Ursula Le Guin. There must be others, but being a guy who mostly reads male authors I can't think of any others, but they must exist. [more inside]
I've been trying on and off for years to remember this YA book. Actually, I think it might be a series, but maybe not. Details within. [more inside]
What was this young adult (or children's) novel I read about a girl growing up in Appalachia or the Ozarks? It might have actually been two different novels. [more inside]
There is some insane YA trilogy that no one can seem to track down. Anyone here have a clue? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: trying to remember a YA Halloween-themed book from her childhood. [more inside]
Help, mefites! Y'all're amazingly great at tracking down obscure music and books with little info, so I hope you can help me.
Two YA books, both read in the late 1970s:
1 - urban kid gets involved with a gang called the Scorpions. Also, his family was so poor he had to eat cereal with water.
2 - fantasy novel - there were goblins who were destroyed/harmed by butter.
Please help me remember the name of a supernatural short story about a boy who buys a ship's figurehead at an auction. Plot summary inside. [more inside]
Yet another name this 70s/80s YA novel question--illustrated underground city edition! [more inside]
An editor asked for the full manuscript of my young adult novel. The problem? It isn't finished yet. What do I tell her? [more inside]
I'm a writer - with a British English education. I've just finished a young adult novel that I'm polishing to go on submission. Should I be making sure everything is in US English? [more inside]
YA fiction books NOT written from a female's 1st person perspective (POV)? [more inside]
Help me identify a young adult book I read in the late 70s or early 80s about a boy lost in the wilderness. [more inside]
Help me locate a book I read when I was 10 or so? [more inside]
Name that YA novel: a prince whose people live in a dream world and shun reality meets a princess who can make stuff from HER dreams come true in real life, and they go on some sort of adventure. [more inside]
Please help me identify this young adult novel (comatose teen explores afterlife with long-dead caveman). [more inside]
I'm looking for a book I read as a pre-teen. It's been years since I read it and I can't recall the name of the writer, or the title of the work. I recall a little of the plot, but not much.
As far as I recall, it was about a girl living in a small town in the east coast who falls into a pit, or cave, something like that, and is saved by a man made of earth and stone. [more inside]
I am looking for YA books with a female main character, that will pass muster with very conservative Christian parents. [more inside]
Do you remember this YA book about two girls from different worlds spending a life-changing summer on the beach together? With a small bit involving Tarot cards? It's not Judy Blume's Summer Sisters
or Francesca Lia Block's The Hanged Man
. [more inside]
Give me your best YA and children's fiction. [more inside]
Yet another forgotten-book-from-my-youth question. Probably in the early/mid-80s I read a book where there was a device of some sort which could either change the contents of a book or erase it completely. I don't remember the mechanism, but I'm pretty sure that when this device was used, it affected all copies of the book it was being used on, everywhere. So you could change the name of a character in your copy of the book, and in all the libraries across the world, that would now be the character's name. I don't remember if it also affected everyone's memory of the book or not, so that the new name would always have been that character's name. [more inside]
Help me find the title of this YA book I've been searching for for 30 years! Two female friends time travel back to old New York. Published in the late '60's or early '70's in hardcover. That's all I recall, except that I loved it.
Seeking YA book - Main character is special-needs student enrolled in BOCES... [more inside]
BookFilter: Please help me identify a YA sci-fi book I read as a teenager in the 1980s. Full description inside. [more inside]
The young man (12 years old, from India) who I sponsor wants to be a pilot. [more inside]
[Bookfinder filter] Help me identify a weird book about black magic from my childhood. [more inside]
I'm looking for academic novels from the student's perspective (apparently this is a subgenre of campus novels
called varsity novels
). Bonus for books considered "young adult." [more inside]
I want to promote my Young Adult fantasy novel about Morgan le Fay on the web. The biggest audience should be young women and libraries; Wiccans, medieval re-enactors and King Arthur fans would dig it, too (I hope).
How can I best promote the book myself? What sites and blogs should I contact? Are author's tours effective? What should I definitely put my efforts into and what's not worth my time? [more inside]
[LibraryFilter] What are your best
resources for (fiction) reader's advisory (children, YA, adult)?? [more inside]
I am trying to recall a book that was published for twelve-year-old girls in the mid-1980s or earlier; a YA book, I suppose. It was about gymnasts who were anorexic and pushed too hard by their coach. On the cover was a painting or drawing of girls in leotards on a chessboard. It was a wonderful book and I cannot remember its title. [more inside]
What are some great YA science fiction novels (other than Ender's Game)? [more inside]
WhatWereThoseBooksFilter: I'm looking for several unrelated books, or possibly series of books, that I read as a kid. The first involved a family of magic users living in what was the time the modern world. [more inside]
Yet another what-is-this-book/story question (sci-fi, possibly young adult, writen pre-1983) [more inside]
Children/young adult literature with transgendered characters? [more inside]
Name This Book: I've been trying to track down a YA book I remember reading in middle school. The two main characters are best friends who both love the novel Gone With The Wind. [more inside]
Namethatbookfilter: Anyone remember the title of a children's fantasy about a witch, two kids, and a goblin king? [more inside]
I am trying to remember the titles and authors of two possibly linked young adult novels. [more inside]
In high school, I read a book that I remember being titled "The Island Girl." It seems like it would be easy to find this book since I have a title, unfortunately, I'm not entirely sure that's the title, and even if it were, there are approximately nine million books named "The Island Girl." [more inside]
I have always enjoyed reading the summaries that often appear in the Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data (the small type at the beginning of the book that includes the date of publication, etc.) of books for young people. Just because they're amusing, I'll provide an example:
Poinsettia and the Firefighters by Felicia Bond
Summary: Poinsettia the Pig feels lonely and afraid of the dark until she learns that there is someone else awake and keeping watch all night: the fire fighters.
Why are these summaries there? Why don't books for adults have them?