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Richard sits down to breakfast one morning and discovers that his bowlful of Alien Crisp cereal is home to the real thing—a tiny, talkative alien named Aric, who explains that he has come to save Earth from the evil Dranes, a rival alien race. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. A madman has unleashed an army of stilt-walking, laser-beaming, thoroughly angry whales upon the world.

Lucky for Lily Gefelty, her two best friends are the intrepid stars of their own middle-grade series novels: Jasper Dash better know as the Boy Technonaut and Katie Mulligan beloved by millions as the heroine of the Horror Hollow series. Always up for a challenge, Tory and her science-geek friends spend their time exploring the marshlands of Loggerhead Island, home to the very off-limits Loggerhead Island Research Institute, where something strange is going on.

After rescuing a stray wolfdog pup from a top-secret lab, Tory and her friends are exposed to a rare strain of canine parvovirus, changing them—and their DNA—forever. Now they are more than friends. They are a pack. They are Virals. But are they unstoppable enough to catch a cold-blooded murderer? Author Kathy Reichs is the creator of the hit television show and mystery series, Bones. One night a plane appeared out of nowhere, the only passengers aboard: thirty-six babies. As soon as they were taken off the plane, it vanished. Now, thirteen years later, two of those children are receiving sinister messages, and they begin to investigate their past.

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Their quest to discover where they really came from leads them to a conspiracy that reaches from the far past to the distant future—and will take them hurtling through time. Short, portly, and bullied at his new junior high, Leonard Neeble befriends Alan Mendelsohn, a boy whose claims to be Martian set off a riot in the school.

Together they set off on a strange adventure involving mind control, folk-singing biker gangs, and alternate planes of existence. Grumps, the old family robot, is beginning to malfunction. The action moves at a brisk clip, but author Fox slips in some questions about what it means to be human, the cost of technology, and the concept of free will. Liam is a big lad, so big that strangers mistake the year-old for an adult. In short order, he finds himself on a rocket ship that is off course and , miles above the earth.

The Giver , winner of the Newbery Medal, is set in a society which is at first presented as utopian, but gradually appears more and more dystopian. Twelve-year-old Jonas is selected to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, in case they are ever needed to aid in decisions that others lack the experience to make.

Jonas learns the truth about his dystopian society and struggles with its weight. In this lavish picture book, readers accompany a boy on a trip to the moon.

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I remember reading this book in junior high and really liking seeing kids beating up on each other. Those were some difficult years. The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever. When I think back to being blown away by books as a kid, The Martian Chronicles always comes to mind. Bradbury imagines a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor—of crystal pillars and fossil seas—where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a vanished, devastated civilization.

Earthmen conquer Mars and then are conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race. In this classic work of fiction, Bradbury exposes our ambitions, weaknesses, and ignorance in a strange and breathtaking world where man does not belong. The Lucky Starr books are smart, but not too complex, space operas by one of the grand masters of science fiction.

This volume includes all six novels:. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem.

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She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.

Fourth-grader Akiko hops aboard a spaceship hovering outside her 17th-story apartment window and is whisked off to the planet Smoo, where she must help rescue a prince and learn how to be a leader. Franny K. Stein fits the bill: she prefers poison ivy to daisies, jumps rope with her pet snake, and conducts dangerous experiments after bedtime. Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual.

Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him? I loved this book as a kid. A sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , the book begins right after Wonka and Charlie burst through the roof of the chocolate factory in the Elevator. They pick up Grandma and Grandpa and, through an accident, heads into orbit to rendezvous with the Space Hotel.

There, they meet up with one of the most memorable aliens of my childhood, the Vermicious Knids, who are waiting in the hotel to consume the guests and staff. First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the Moon. The consolation prize was an authentic space suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell won it, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own to the stars.

The Little Prince is both the most-read and most-translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Whimsical and truthful, this little novella is fable and philosophy, playful with a touch of satire, and a creative journey through love and loneliness. Normal Earthling Zita is transported to a mysterious alien planet which appears to be the Star Wars cantina dialed up to eleven.

Zita the Spacegirl is fun and captivating: my eight-year-old has read it many, many, many times. Strongly recommended. Just thought of an old Hal Clement book that would be great to include in this series. Also thanks for all your lists. There are actually several I have not read, and will do so post hast.

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I am their weapon. I will fight back. Her troubled past is being removed memory by memory. But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under the cover of a blizzard, their mission is clear: wipe Sarah out of existence. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents—considered expendable by society—are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet.

After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that?

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Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her. In , seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. Menolly had no choice but to run away.

She came upon a group of fire lizards, wild relatives of the fire-breathing dragons. Her music swirled about them; she taught nine to sing, suddenly Menolly was no longer alone. Technology and power fail, Hawaii is cut off from the world, and the islands revert to traditional ways of survival. As Lei and her dad embark on a nightmarish journey across islands to reach home and family, she learns that her epilepsy and her deep connection to Hawaii could be keys to ending the crisis before it becomes worse than anyone can imagine.

Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth—with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Futuristic retellings of classic fairytales featuring cyborgs, genetically engineered wolf-men, lost princesses, spaceships, and so much more. The only drinkable water is quickly running out.

Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Like them, she is taught to obey the machines that control their lives. Like them, she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives. She and her friends are the idle, pampered children of the privileged class, living in luxury on an Earth remade by natural disaster. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King.


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