Quest: Middle English meaning search, pursuit, investigation, inquest, from Middle French queste search, pursuit, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin quaesta, from Latin the femenine of quaestus. The word "question" is related.
We're all on a quest of some kind or another. The quest for (pursuit of) life, liberty and happiness. The quest for a plastic free world. The quest for the perfect hamburger. The quest for a dust free home. The quest for eternal youth, a weed-free lawn, the newest electronic devise. There are probably as many quests as there are human beings. Some quests are trite, some heroic.
Some are small as in Pooh's quest for honey.
Others are legendary as in Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail.
Some are mythic, like Jason searching for the Golden Fleece.
Still others are historic as is the quest to be first to land on the moon. (Now there's a quest to land on Mars, a useless quest as far as I'm concerned.)
Whatever the quest, something is needed, wanted, missing.
As writers we are on a quest as well. Large or small, loud or quiet, our quest is to tell a story.
To learn how to write a MG quest story, click here. It is a simple six step process. Well, simple is relative.
Let the quest begin. (Say it out loud enough time and it starts to sound like a really weird word. Questquestquestquestquest....)