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books for boys

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]
posted by logic vs love on May 23, 2014 - 41 answers

Help me impress my friend by figuring out what book we're remembering

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]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Mar 17, 2014 - 27 answers

Time to play What's That Book!

YA/children's book featuring a magic-brownie baking witch. More details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by polymath on Feb 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Where are the doorways to magical worlds?

I need more examples of the ways that children get into magical worlds in books. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Jan 21, 2014 - 56 answers

An Ogre by any other name ...

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]
posted by tilde on Dec 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Like "I Shouldn't Be Alive" but with kids?

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]
posted by Baethan on Aug 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for a YA novel about boats

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?
posted by pxe2000 on Aug 15, 2013 - 5 answers

What was this YA book about sexual abuse?

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]
posted by agentofselection on Jun 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Young adult novel with nuclear pool?

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.
posted by Jahaza on May 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Name that pre-teen book!

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]
posted by hmo on May 20, 2013 - 2 answers

What are some YA novels with feminist antagonists?

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]
posted by Mezentian on Apr 22, 2013 - 30 answers

Help me remember this YA book.

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]
posted by fozzie_bear on Jan 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Novel about childhood in the American South

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]
posted by lunasol on Jan 15, 2013 - 15 answers

All in the desert fighting a war against mutants with bicycles.

There is some insane YA trilogy that no one can seem to track down. Anyone here have a clue? [more inside]
posted by cereselle on Dec 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me find a YA Halloween book?

Asking for a friend: trying to remember a YA Halloween-themed book from her childhood. [more inside]
posted by papercake on Oct 24, 2012 - 3 answers

ID this book, 1970s YA edition.

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. Any ideas?
posted by Bourbonesque on Aug 17, 2012 - 6 answers

What's the name of this short story about a boy who buys a ship's figurehead?

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]
posted by homodachi on Aug 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Find this YA sci-fi book!

Yet another name this 70s/80s YA novel question--illustrated underground city edition! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Can this book be saved?

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]
posted by Shoggoth on Jun 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Horses for courses... UK vs US English?

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]
posted by teststrip on Jun 13, 2012 - 29 answers

Another question about books.

YA fiction books NOT written from a female's 1st person perspective (POV)? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on May 29, 2012 - 38 answers

Yet another "what is this book I read as a kid" post.

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]
posted by Occula on May 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me remember a book?

Help me locate a book I read when I was 10 or so? [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Apr 21, 2012 - 3 answers

What was this weird YA novel about alternate realities?

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]
posted by showbiz_liz on Apr 4, 2012 - 2 answers

YAYA (yet another young adult) Fiction ID

Please help me identify this young adult novel (comatose teen explores afterlife with long-dead caveman). [more inside]
posted by audi alteram partem on Mar 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for a book, can't recall the title or author.

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]
posted by Rosengeist on Mar 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Its breaking my heart that I can't introduce her to Tiffany Aching

I am looking for YA books with a female main character, that will pass muster with very conservative Christian parents. [more inside]
posted by PercyByssheShelley on Mar 6, 2012 - 60 answers

Help me remember this darkish YA novel

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]
posted by rhiannonstone on Nov 17, 2011 - 10 answers

vampire romances are OK if they are good

Give me your best YA and children's fiction. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Oct 6, 2011 - 64 answers

Forgotten book title, YA fiction about erasing books

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]
posted by hades on Jan 13, 2011 - 5 answers

YA Time Travel -- wish I could recall book

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. Thanks!
posted by kidelo on May 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Seeking YA fiction about special-needs student

Seeking YA book - Main character is special-needs student enrolled in BOCES... [more inside]
posted by SillyShepherd on May 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me ID this book!

BookFilter: Please help me identify a YA sci-fi book I read as a teenager in the 1980s. Full description inside. [more inside]
posted by halfguard on Apr 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Dreams of Flight

The young man (12 years old, from India) who I sponsor wants to be a pilot. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 4, 2010 - 17 answers

Weird YA book

[Bookfinder filter] Help me identify a weird book about black magic from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Nov 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Academic novels from student perspective

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]
posted by alicat on Nov 15, 2009 - 28 answers

How Do I Promote My YA Fantasy Novel?

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]
posted by musofire on Oct 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Reader's Advisory Resources

[LibraryFilter] What are your best resources for (fiction) reader's advisory (children, YA, adult)?? [more inside]
posted by tamarack on Jul 24, 2009 - 7 answers

Trying to remember the title of a YA book about gymnasts

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]
posted by adamfaux on Jun 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Recommend me some kiddie SF

What are some great YA science fiction novels (other than Ender's Game)? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Oct 18, 2008 - 59 answers

Help me find two books I read as a kid

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]
posted by Caduceus on Jul 1, 2008 - 4 answers

who are these children?

Yet another what-is-this-book/story question (sci-fi, possibly young adult, writen pre-1983) [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Apr 22, 2008 - 15 answers

Who's out there?

Children/young adult literature with transgendered characters? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Feb 5, 2008 - 24 answers

YA Novel - Gone With The Wind References?

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]
posted by warble on Jun 1, 2007 - 8 answers

Remember a kids' book about a witch?

Namethatbookfilter: Anyone remember the title of a children's fantasy about a witch, two kids, and a goblin king? [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Oct 14, 2006 - 3 answers

Looking for two books for kids

I am trying to remember the titles and authors of two possibly linked young adult novels. [more inside]
posted by interrobang on Apr 12, 2006 - 10 answers

What is this pre-1992 YA book?

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]
posted by headspace on Jun 7, 2005 - 3 answers

Please explain summaries in Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

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?
posted by bubukaba on Feb 3, 2005 - 3 answers

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