Science Fiction
... for grades 5 and 6

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Cameron, Eleanor. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet. 1954.
Youth Fiction CAM
David Topman loves everything about space. He spends hours daydreaming about traveling to distant planets on a spaceship of his own design. One day he sees a small advertisement in the newspaper: “Wanted: a small spaceship about eight feet long built by a boy.” That’s all the prompting he needs!
Christopher, John. The White Mountains. 2003.
Youth Fiction CHR
The only world that 12-year-old Will has ever known is orderly and prosperous, thanks to the Tripods, huge three-legged machines that govern the earth. Will looks forward to his Capping ceremony next year, when he will officially become a man. But when his best friend Jack undergoes his Capping, Will notices a change in Jack that he can’t explain, and he begins to wonder who the Tripods really are.
Coville, Bruce. My Teacher Is an Alien. 1989. *
Youth Fiction COV
The new substitute teacher is really good-looking, really strong- and really weird! Susan Simmons finds out exactly how weird he is when she follows him home- and sees him peeling off his face! What's underneath? Nothing remotely human!
Dadey, Debbie. Aliens Don't Wear Braces. 1993.
Youth Series Paperback BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS
The Bailey School Kids are back again. This time, they're wondering about the unusual behavior of the new art teacher, Miss Zork. What are those odd-looking braces on her teeth? She couldn't be an alien- or could she?
DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. 2003. *
Youth Fiction DUP
The city of Ember is a city of last resort, built to preserve an endangered species- human beings. Nothing is allowed in or out of the city, and for 200 years, Ember has grown its own food and supplied even its own light. Now the city is running out of supplies. There is only one solution: escape. But can people survive outside the city? It is up to 12-year-olds Lina and Doon to find a way out.
Elliott, David. The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle. 2004. *
Youth Fiction ELL
Fourth-grader Roscoe Wizzle is delighted when a new Gussy's Restaurant is built on a nearby empty lot. Fast food sure tastes better than his parents' dinners of mashed potatoes and tuna surprise. There's only one problem: after a steady diet of Gussy's Jungle Drum Burgers, Roscoe seems to be slowly turning into a bug!
Etchemendy, Nancy. The Power of Un. 2000.
Youth Fiction ETC
Middle-schooler Gib Finney is having a horrible day, when suddenly a mysterious little man gives him a strange device called an Unner, a machine which allows its user to undo events. Think this is the answer to Gib's prayers? Not quite!
Fardell, John. The 7 Professors of the Far North. 2004.
Youth Fiction FAR
Eleven-year-old Sam Carnabie is thrilled! He gets to spend two weeks with his parents’ old friend Professor Ampersand, a brilliant creator of miraculous and odd inventions. The house, full of old machine parts, test tubes, giant plants and assorted buttons and levers, seems too good to be true — until the professor is kidnapped and it’s up to Sam and his cousins to find him.
Fox, Helen. Eager. 2004.
Youth Fiction FOX
t the end of the twenty-first century, even middle class families have robot servants. The Bell family's beloved robot Grumps is slowly wearing out, and Gavin and his sister Fleur wonder what their new robot will be like. The EGR3, or Eager, turns out to be quite a guy!
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden. 1998. *
Youth Fiction HAD
Twelve-year-old Luke has spent his entire life hidden away by his family. Luke is a "shadow child," an illegal third child in a future state in which each family is allowed two children. Luke can't even go outside. Instead, he spends every day alone, hidden in his family's attic. But everything changes when he meets Jen, another shadow child, online.
L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. 1962. *
Youth Fiction LEN
Meg is miserable. She's about to be held back a grade, the girls all think she's immature, and the school principal has called her "the most belligerent, uncooperative child in school." But these are minor problems compared to the real heartache in her life: her beloved father, a brilliant physicist working for the government, has disappeared without a trace.
Lowry, Lois. The Giver. 1993. *
Youth Fiction LOW
Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a perfect world where pain, imperfection, poverty and conflict are non-existent, and life is rigidly controlled and ordered. When Jonas begins his career assignment - Receiver of Memory - he begins to see the dark secrets behind this flawless world.
Mackel, Kathy. Alien in a Bottle. 2004.
Youth Fiction MAC
Eighth-grader Sean wants nothing more than to become a glassblower, but his parents are completely opposed to the idea. One day, standing at the beach considering his fate, Sean sees a strange object land in the water. To his delight, it’s a beautiful bottle — but it’s not empty!
Paulsen, Gary. The Time Hackers. 2005.
Youth Fiction PAU
Do you like your sci-fi with a dash of humor? If so, you'll like this time travel novel about a very confused 7th grader. Someone is messing with 12-year-old Dorso's locker in a big way. Every time he opens it, he finds relics from a completely different time period, including Beethoven and a woolly mammoth! Can Dorso find out what's going on before he gets eaten by a tyrannosaurus?
Peck, Richard. Lost in Cyberspace. 1995.
Youth Fiction PEC
As if 6th grade weren't hard enough, Josh has to deal with the pressure of his trendy New York prep school, his parents' separation, and a parade of terrible nannies. Add to this his nerdy friend Aaron's attempts to create a time machine by merging two computers, and you've got some interesting complications!
Roberts, Willo Davis. The Girl with the Silver Eyes. 1980.
Youth Fiction ROB
X-Men fans will enjoy this tale of a girl with unusual powers. Ten-year-old Katie is different, and not just because of her beautiful silver eyes. Although she has told no one, Katie has the ability to move things with her mind. Lonely, isolated, and unable to understand the rare gift she has, Katie tries to seek out other kids who might be like her.
Seidler, Tor. Brainboy and the Deathmaster. 2003.
Youth Fiction SEI
If you're a computer game fan, this is the book for you. Darryl resides in an orphanage which is funded by Keith Masterly, a computer giant. When Darryl shows himself to be a whiz at computer games, Masterly makes him part of his laboratory. Excited at first, Darryl soon begins to suspect that Paradise Lab is not what it appears to be.
Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me. 2009. *
Youth Fiction STE
Is time travel possible? That’s the question that this thought-provoking books asks. Sixth-grader Miranda’s life is pretty predictable. Every day, carrying her beloved copy of A Wrinkle in Time, she walks to and from school with her best friend, Sal. Her biggest problem is avoiding the odd, homeless man who hangs out on the corner by the mailbox. Then one day, three unexplainable things happen: a boy walks up to Sal and punches him for no reason; Sal becomes cool and distant; and Miranda finds a strange note which seems to be predicting the future. Where — or when — is this note from?
Winterson, Jeanette. Tanglewreck. 2006.
Youth Fiction WIN
This time-travel adventure begins with a bang! It’s a normal day in London, and a school bus is crossing Waterloo bridge, when suddenly the children looking out the windows see something extremely odd: a parade of Egyptian horse soldiers is riding on the River Thames as though it were a road! In the midst of this parade is the Pharoah himself, riding in a golden carriage. The scene lasts for a moment and
disappears. What is going on?