Staff Picks

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.

On the Dog     On the Dog    
Judith Greenburg
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Greenbu)
Andrew lost: book 1

When ten-year-old Andrew invents a shrinking machine, he does not expect to be sucked into the machine along with his cousin - and end up in a dog's nose!  First in the Andrew Lost 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.

Wanna Buy an Alien?     Wanna Buy an Alien?    
Eve Bunting
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Bunting)

For his eleventh birthday Ben receives an offer of a ride to the planet Cham with an alien named Iku, and when the appointed meeting time arrives he is not sure if he faces an exciting opportunity or horrible danger.

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.

Gideon the Cutpurse: being the First Part of the Gideon Trilogy.*     Gideon the Cutpurse: being the First Part of the Gideon Trilogy.*    
Linda Buckley-Archer
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Bu)
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.

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 Ear, the Eye, and the Arm     The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm    
Nancy Farmer
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Farmer)

In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine, while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.

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 Nine Pound Hammer     The Nine Pound Hammer    
John Claude Bemis
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Bemis)
Clockwork dark: book 1

Steampunk! Drawn by the lodestone his father gave him years before, twelve-year-old orphan Ray travels south, meeting along the way various characters from folklore who are battling against an evil industry baron known as the Gog. First in The Clockwork Dark series.

The Reluctant Assassin     The Reluctant Assassin    
Eoin Colfer
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Colfer)
Colfer, Eoin. W.A.R.P. ; 1.

In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and his reluctant young apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using his newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever. First in the W.A.R.P. series.

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 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.