Science Fiction

Science Fiction

Some of our favorite science fiction stories for school-age children.

Children's Services Staff

Younger Elementary

Dude Where's My Spaceship?     Dude Where's My Spaceship?    
Dan Greenburg
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Greenbu)
Weird planet: book 1

When their spaceship crash lands on Earth, Ploo is captured by the Army and taken to the mysterious Area 51. While her brothers, Lek and Klatu, try to rescue her, Ploo uses her ESP to make a new friend. First in the Weird Planet series.

Harriet's Hare     Harriet's Hare    
Dick King-Smith
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Kingsmi)

A young girl's life with her father on their farm in England is changed when she befriends a talking hare that is really a shape-changing alien.

I Was a Third Grade Science Project     I Was a Third Grade Science Project    
Mary Jane Auch
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Auc)

While trying to hypnotize his dog for the third grade science fair, Brian accidentally makes his best friend Josh think he's a cat.

Lunch Walks Among Us     Lunch Walks Among Us    
Jim Benton
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Benton)
Franny K. Stein, mad scientist: book 1

Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in--which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan. First in the Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist series.

Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot: the first adventure novel     Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot: the first adventure novel    
Dav Pilkey
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Pi)

Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, saves a giant robot from his evil creator, Dr. Stinky, and in turn, the robot protects Ricky from the bullies at school and it saves the city from Dr. Stinky's plan to destroy it.

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza     The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza    
James Kochalka
    (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Kochalk)

The Glorkian Warrior isn't the brightest bulb in the box, so it's good he's got his trusty talking backpack to advise him as they set out on a perilous journey to deliver a pizza. The pizza's got clams and peanut butter on it, so it's not clear who's going to want it, but deliver it they will.

Older Elementary

A Wrinkle in Time     A Wrinkle in Time    
Madeleine L'Engle
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Lengle)

Meg Murray and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Look for more Time Quintet titles.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians     Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians    
Brandon Sanderson
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Sanders)
Alcatraz Smedry adventures: book 01

On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world.

Alien Worlds: Your Guide to Extraterrestrial Life     Alien Worlds: Your Guide to Extraterrestrial Life    
David A. Aguilar
    (Juvenile Nonfiction -J 576.839 Agu)
National Geographic kids

Considers the plausibility of alien life and what creatures living on extrasolar planets might be like, drawing on scientific sources to depict alien creatures who have adapted to the unique characteristics of their respective environments.

Among the Hidden     Among the Hidden    
Margaret Peterson Haddix
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Haddix)

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.  First in the Shadow Children series.

Circus Galacticus     Circus Galacticus    
Deva Fagan
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Fagan)

Trix's life in boarding school as an orphan charity case has been hard but when an alluring young Ringmaster invites her, a gymnast, to join Circus Galacticus she gains an entire universe of deadly enemies and potential friends, along with a chance to unravel secrets of her own past.

Cyberia     Cyberia    
Chris Lynch
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Lynch)

In a future where electronic surveillance has taken the place of love, a veterinarian is putting computer chips in animals to control them, and those creatures choose young Zane, who understands their speech, to release captives and bring them to a technology-free safety zone.

Fuzzy Mud     Fuzzy Mud    
Louis Sachar
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Sachar)

Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world

Hilo. 1, The Boy Who Crashed to Earth     Hilo. 1, The Boy Who Crashed to Earth    
Judd Winick
    Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Winick)

When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world.

Infinity Ring. 1, A Mutiny in Time.     Infinity Ring. 1, A Mutiny in Time.    
James Dashner
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Infinity Das)
Dashner, James, 1972- Infinity ring 1.

Time has gone wrong, and best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste, together with the young Hystorian Riq, must use the infinity ring to travel back to one of the Great Breaks--a mutiny on the Santa María--to correct history and defeat the SQ.

Interworld     Interworld    
Neil Gaiman
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Gaiman)

At nearly fifteen years of age, Joey Harker learns that he is a Walker, able to travel between dimensions, and soon joins a team of different versions of himself, each from another dimension, to fight the evil forces striving to conquer all the worlds.

Lion Boy     Lion Boy    
Zizou Corder
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Corder)
Lion boy trilogy: book 1

In the near future, a boy with the ability to speak the language of cats sets out from London to seek his kidnapped parents and finds himself on a Paris-bound circus ship learning to train lions.

The City of Ember     The City of Ember    
Jeanne DuPrau
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Duprau)

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, and to glimpse Unknown Regions.  First in The Books of Ember series.

The Clone Codes     The Clone Codes    
Patricia C. McKissack
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Mckissa)
Clone codes trilogy: book 1

On the run from a bounty hunter who arrested her mother for being part of a secret society devoted to freeing clones, thirteen-year-old Leanna learns amazing truths about herself and her family as she is forced to consider the value of freedom and what it really means to be human in 2170 America.

The Foundry’s Edge     The Foundry’s Edge    
Cameron Baity & Benny Zelkowicz
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Baity)
Baity, Cameron. Book of Ore ; 1.

When twelve-year-old Phoebe Plumm and her father are abducted by his employer, The Foundry, a corporation holding a monopoly on metal production and technology, and taken to a savage world of living metal that is rising up against its oppressors, Phoebe and her irksome servant Micah fight back. First in the Ore Series.

The Giver     The Giver    
Lois Lowry
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Lowry)

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. Gathering Blue and The Messenger are companion novels.

The House of the Scorpion     The House of the Scorpion    
Nancy Farmer
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Farmer)

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

The Resisters     The Resisters    
Eric Nylund
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Nylund)
Nylund, Eric S. Resisters ; 1.

When twelve-year-olds Madison and Felix kidnap him, Ethan learns that the Earth has been taken over by aliens and that all the adults in the world are under mind control. First in the Resisters series.

The Roar     The Roar    
Emma Clayton
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Clayton)

In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been obliterated and a wall has been erected to keep out plague-ridden animals, twelve-year-old Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her in spite of the dangers he faces in doing so.

The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1     The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1    
PJ Haarsma
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Haarsma)

When twelve-year-old Johnny and his sister arrive on Orbis in a space ship of orphans, he finds he has a unique ability to communicate with computers. Look for more Softwire titles.

The Time Hackers     The Time Hackers    
Gary Paulsen
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Paulsen)

When someone uses futuristic technology to play pranks on twelve-year old Dorso Clayman, he and his best friend set off on a supposedly impossible journey through space and time trying to stop the gamesters who are endangering the universe.

The Time Travelers : Book One of the Gideon Trilogy     The Time Travelers : Book One of the Gideon Trilogy    
Linda Buckley-Archer
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Buckley)
Gideon Trilogy: Book 1

Ignored by his father and sent to Derbyshire for the weekend, twelve-year-old Peter and his new friend, Kate, are accidentally transported back in time to 1763 England where they are befriended by a reformed cutpurse.

The True Meaning of Smekday     The True Meaning of Smekday    
Adam Rex
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Rex)

Twelve-year-old Gratuity Tucci has a hard time writing an essay on "The True Meaning of Smekday" due to her complex life after Earth was overtaken by aliens and her mother was kidnapped and taken to Happy Mouse Kingdom in Florida.

The White Mountains     The White Mountains    
John Christopher
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Chr)
Tripods series: book 1

Young Will Parker and his companions make a perilous journey toward an outpost of freedom where they hope to escape from the ruling Tripods, who capture mature human beings and make them docile, obedient servants. First in The Tripods trilogy.

Zita the Spacegirl. 1, Far From Home     Zita the Spacegirl. 1, Far From Home    
Ben Hatke
    Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Hatke)
Zita the Spacegirl

When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.