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Identify this book!

Identify this Y.A. Sci-fi book from the 1980's - a boy learns how to meditate his way to flying. [more inside]
posted by dadici on Jan 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Identify a science fiction/fantasy novel from the 1980s, possibly YA, where they lived in the trees and where talk of killing others was taboo?

Can you identify this book? I read it in the mid-1980s. It may or may not have been a YA (Young Adult) title. The protagonist was a young girl, and her society lived peacefully up in the trees. She was interested in seeing the world down on the surface. There may have been another society down there. At one point she lost her temper with someone (a pet?) and blurted out something like "I would like to dead you!" at which her family was shocked and horrified at her violent thoughts. I particularly remember being struck by that part, that she understood the concept of killing but didn't know the verb. [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Dec 27, 2010 - 2 answers

I wish I could find a master list of every library book I've ever checked out.

Help me identify this book from my childhood, please. It's set in a fictional (?) city with a canal system. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Sep 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Need help finding id for young adult science fiction novel.

Help me figure out this young-adult book from my childhood. It's about a boy and girl communicating telepathically. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Jul 10, 2010 - 20 answers

Beautifully Written Books for Young People

What young adult novels (or chapter books for kids) are written in particularly elegant prose styles? (Bonus points if the story and characterization are good, of course, but I'm especially looking for books where the writing style itself is beautiful.) Examples include The Graveyard Book, Haroun & The Sea of Stories, and When You Reach Me. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Mar 18, 2010 - 45 answers

Young-adult novel about gangs who fight over rubber caulking?

Trying to identify a children's book I read in Hebrew, but which was translated from a European language, about gangs of boys who hoard rubber caulking and battle it out with other gangs. One of the boys dies by the end.
posted by limon on Jan 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Books about growing up without a mom

I'm looking for novels for my little cousin about growing up without a mother. [more inside]
posted by Verdandi on Jan 1, 2010 - 28 answers

Finding an old book about teenage love and axe heads

[Bookfinder filter] Trying to find a book I read at school, in the UK, in about 1987. It was a book for teenagers, with two interweaving stories across different times: one thread involved a teenage couple in modern times, and the other thread was about some Norse warriors, including a berserker, in ancient England. The two threads were tied together by an ancient axe head. The final section of the book was written in a cipher. [more inside]
posted by memebake on Nov 20, 2009 - 7 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

What is this book I very vaguely remember and thus can only vaguely describe?

Name This Book: Help me figure out the title of a YA novel I read in middle school before I go bonkers! [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Oct 13, 2009 - 8 answers

"...and for the rest of our lives!" Who said it?

What is this quotation from? "...and tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives?" I think the beginning is something like "what are we going to do tonight..." and it might be from a young adult type novel. The person is carrying on a normal conversation and suddenly gets panicky/existential.
posted by lilbizou on Oct 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Name that book: super powers from imagining you're sucking on a funny shape?

Is this a real book? All I remember is that 1 or more characters could activate some kind of special powers or transformational abilities by imagining the shape of a particular object in their mouth. [more inside]
posted by vytae on Oct 3, 2009 - 4 answers

New York for the Young

Help planning a 5 Day trip to NYC - Do you know of any secret delights that New York City has to offer? I need recommendations/advice on everything from where to stay to where to go. Much more details inside. [more inside]
posted by ashaw on Aug 22, 2009 - 19 answers

What is this young adult fantasy book from 198x?

It was a 'young adult' fantasy book I read maybe 20, 25 years ago. The story was of a young kid growing up in a world of magic; the conceit was that the magical elite of the world were akin to board game pieces. I was sure it was Mercedes Lackey but apparently not? [more inside]
posted by felix on Apr 22, 2009 - 4 answers

The Kingdom of Spaghetti

Name this young adult book from my youth. It involved a land of pasta... [more inside]
posted by shii on Mar 9, 2009 - 5 answers

What was this book series I read as a kid?

Help me remember the book series I loved as a kid. I can't even remember the genre, but I think it had sci-fi elements, and the kids possibly solved mysteries. I don't remember much, but I know one of the main characters was called Watch, because he always wore multiple watches. [more inside]
posted by spockette on Feb 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Lady ad copywriter's boyfriend sleeps with a man?

Dated Young Adult Book Filter: Ad copywriter's boyfriend sleeps with a man? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford on Feb 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Not touched by an angel...

Trying to remember the name of a Young Adult or children's series about guardian angels. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jan 31, 2009 - 1 answer

A child stuck in time

Young adult novel filter: A child visits a place (house? castle? other world?) and gets stuck in time there. Eventually he goes back and visits his parents, who are horrified that he has stayed the same age. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jan 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Mystery Mapping Microchip Book

Help me find a book about a computer chip, a map, and a mystery solving youth! [more inside]
posted by headlessagnew on Jan 7, 2009 - 6 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

Help me find a young adults hard sci-fi book about a space medic?

Please-help-me-identify-a-book-filter. Trying to track down a young adults hardish sci-fi book from the mid 80s in the UK about a space medic in trouble. [more inside]
posted by ArkhanJG on Jul 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Please help me identify this book which traumatized me as a child (teen?)!

Please help me identify this book which traumatized me as a child (teen?)! [more inside]
posted by StrangeCharmed on Mar 18, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me scratch this mental itch?

When I was in elementary school, I read this young adult book about a band of children who carry an American flag all the way to Washington, D.C. (along a highway, maybe?) for some reason. Anyone know the book? [more inside]
posted by irregardless on Feb 19, 2008 - 2 answers

What are these books I read as a kid?

Please help me identify several books I read as a preteen in the late 80s and early 90s. One involved four or five teenagers keeping diaries for school, one was about a girl whose mother was running for mayor, and one was about a boy who lived with his father, a 60s radical on the run! Oh, and one really bizarre book about a girl and her pewter animals. There's [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 17, 2008 - 9 answers

Need Books/Movies for Kids Going to Rome

I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
posted by bjennings on Feb 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Seeking stories of kids with superpowers?

I'm trying to make a list of books that include the central plot element of kids learning how to use or cope with unusual powers, dramatic or mundane. (Jumper, recently made into a movie, is one example.) Extra points if the books are primarily aimed at children or young adults.
posted by sacre_bleu on Jan 29, 2008 - 48 answers

Help me identify this book.

Help me identify this young adult book about time travel of a sort. [more inside]
posted by goatdog on Dec 25, 2007 - 3 answers

Did I imagine the death ray?

What's this book from my childhood (early 80s)? I believe it came from one of the book clubs (Arrow?), it was a Young Adult book about a boy who is friends with a scientist/inventor who has invented a death ray which he then has some opportunity to use... [more inside]
posted by Caviar on Nov 26, 2007 - 17 answers

Help me remember a young-adult alternate future novel from 1990-ish!

Another "What book was it?!" question. Inside: Alternate futures, "gargoyles", skyscrapers and a reversion to feudal living. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Sep 13, 2007 - 22 answers

What books should be considered for a young adult fantasy book club?

My wife is starting up a Young Adult (geared towards 13-18 yr olds) Fantasy book club at the local library branch. What are some good books in this genre to consider for inclusion? [more inside]
posted by daser on Jun 12, 2007 - 80 answers

Young adult novel about a girl who runs away to live like Thoreau?

Do you know the title of this young adult novel? It was about a girl, possibly a foster child, runaway, or both, who goes to live in the woods like Thoreau. The more inside contains big spoilers! [more inside]
posted by peep on May 23, 2007 - 14 answers

Young adult story about a turkey call?

What young adult novel am I trying to remember about a friendship between and old man and a young boy which involved fishing (I think) and turkey hunting (definitely)? [more inside]
posted by tcskeptic on Apr 11, 2007 - 6 answers

Bookfiler: kids in drains kill people

Bookfilter: When I was a kid, I read a book or series of books about a lost tribe of children who lived in sewers, were at war with the adult world (or parts thereof) and made effective use of slingshots. There was one scene in particular I recall in which someone - a baddie presumably - was killed with a shovel that had been slowly sharpened through digging in silt for something. There might have been something odd about the children's ears as well. I know it's vague, but if I could remember more I probably would have found it without having to ask the hive mind!
posted by tim_in_oz on Mar 16, 2007 - 8 answers

Best book series for children and young adults?

Book series for children and young adults? Recommendations welcome. There is [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Oct 23, 2006 - 49 answers

historical fiction identification: rome, china

Historical fiction children's book ID filter: scholars and bandits in 1930s China and bull-jumping children in Rome. [more inside]
posted by nonane on Jul 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Apocalypses for Kids

Help me remember this novel where all the adults die, leaving children to run the world. [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Jun 30, 2006 - 19 answers

What's this YA book about time travel?

I read a book some years ago about an adopted teenage girl in 20XX Seattle who discovered that she had a long-lost twin sister from the 1970s. Googling has failed me. [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve on Jun 30, 2006 - 7 answers

It wasn't "My Friend, the Vampire" or "M is for Monster"...

A young adult vampire book, published late 70's, early 80's? Involves a kid who meets the vampire in the basement of a library, falls asleep and wakes up having no memory of it. Main vampire's name is Radu, but I believe there were several other vampires around, also with "traditional" names (a "Carmilla" perhaps?). [more inside]
posted by Brainy on May 22, 2006 - 4 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

Another book identification question

I'm looking for a particularly grim (young adult?) book that was published sometime in the 70s, I believe. [more inside]
posted by sun-el on Jun 23, 2005 - 9 answers

Multiple Intelligence Theory and Young Adult Literature

I'm looking for suggestions for Young Adult literature (of all levels, from upper-elementary to adult-for-young-adults) that would appeal to the different "intelligences" of Gardner's theory. [more inside]
posted by dagnyscott on Jun 10, 2005 - 8 answers

Young Adult Book

MeFi Book Detectives: It's a young adult novel I read back in the 80s, about a melancholy girl who travels back in time to a shamanic tribal village and is initiated into womanhood there. I think she apprentices with the medicine woman. It has been lingering in my unconscious brain for a long time and I feel like I need to read it again. Do you know it?
posted by butternut on Jan 26, 2005 - 8 answers

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