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Out of This World! Science Fiction for Teens

Enjoy tales that take you out of your current reality, offer views of what the future holds or give you a glimpse of other possible worlds? Then try some of these great novels:

Book Cover Fire-Us #2: The Keepers of the Flame
By Armstrong, Jennifer
2002/11 - HarperCollins Publishers
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Five years after a deadly plague killed all the adults, the world's population has nearly vanished. Ten children survived, and have forged a new life. Traveling. up Florida coast, they find a group of "Grown-ups" living in an abandoned mall. The Grown-ups seem welcoming, but something is terribly wrong--this friendly community is not what it appears. ...More

Book Cover The Lost Colony
By Colfer, Eoin
2006/09 - Miramax Books
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From Eoin Colfer comes the fifth installment of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series.Ten thousand years ago, humans and fairies fought a great battle for the magical island of Ireland. When it became clear to the fairy families that they could never win, they decided to move their civilization underground and keep themselves hidden from the humans. All the fairy families agreed on this, "except" the eighth family, the demons.The tainted time spell that has kept the demons at bay for so long is deteriorating, and demons are being flung back to earth. Only Artemis Fowl is smart enough to predict their return--or so he thinks. But there is another mysterious party who has managed to solve when the demons will appear. Can he and Captain Holly Short save the day before it's too late? ...More

Book Cover The House of Power
By Carman, Patrick
2007/04 - Little, Brown Young Readers
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From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Land of Elyon" comes a riveting adventure set in an extraordinary new satellite world--created as a refuge from a dying Earth--that begins to collapse and and forever change the lives of its inhabitants. ...More

Book Cover Things Not Seen
By Clements, Andrew
2002/03 - Philomel Books
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Winner - 2004 ALA Schneider Family Book Award - Teen Book
From the bestselling author of "Frindle" comes the story of a boy who wakes up one day to find that he is invisible.

Fifteen-year-old Bobby thinks he knows what it's like to be invisible-he's used to being ignored by the popular kids at school (especially the girls). Even his parents hardly seem to notice whether he's home or not. Then one morning, Bobby wakes up to find that he IS invisible. For real. He can't stop wondering if he'll ever reappear-especially when his parents wreck their car and wind up in the hospital. Now Bobby is all alone. How can he survive in a world where he can't be seen? One thing's for sure: Bobby's not going to just wait around to see if his body will decide to show up again on its own. He's got to take action. Fast. ...More

Book Cover Grease Monkey
By Eldred, Tim
2006/05 - Tor Books
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Praise for "Grease Monkey"
"Believable characters, good writing, humor and excitement. Who could ask for more?"
--Trina Robbins
"Delightful science fiction with a sense of humor, "Grease Monkey" is an all-ages series that doesn't write down to its readership--and that's much more rare than it should be."
--"Comic Shop News"
"What snuck up on me over the years was just how much is actually going on in this series. What I thought of as a loose string of stories--almost a sitcom set on a space station--was turning out more and more to be a single work, more ambitious, more structured and deeper than I'd realized. This wasn't a series, it was a novel--an episodic novel, to be sure, but a novel nonetheless."
--Kurt Busiek, author of "Astro"" ""City" ...More

Book Cover Dr. Franklin's Island
By Halam, Ann
2002/05 - Wendy Lamb Books
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On their way to the rain forests of Ecuador with a group of 50 British Young Conservationists, Semi, Miranda, and Arnie survive a horrifying plane crash and are stranded together on a deserted tropical island. Or so they think. Semi, Miranda, and Arnie stumble into the hands of Dr. Franklin, a mad scientist eager to use them as specimens for his experiments in genetic engineering. ...More

Book Cover Epic
By Kostick, Conor
2007/04 - Viking Children's Books
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Generations ago, violence was banned on New Earth. Society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. Everyone plays. If you win, you have the chance to go to university, get more supplies for your community, and fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing.

When Erik, seeking revenge for the unjust treatment of his parents, dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends find themselves up against with the ultimate masters of the game: the Committee. If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying Epics tyranny over New Earth. But if they lose . . . ...More

Book Cover The Pilgrims of Rayne
By MacHale, D. J.
2007/05 - Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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In this installment of the #1 "New York Times" bestselling series Bobby is sent to Ibara, a confounding territory that looks like paradise. However, Bobby is put on the path that will ultimately lead to the final showdown between himself and Saint Dane. ...More

Book Cover Dragonhaven
By McKinley, Robin
2007/09 - Putnam Publishing Group
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In this fascinating look at a modern-day world where dragons truly exist, the Newbery Medal-winning author of "The Hero and the Crown" takes readers into a controversial nature preserve, which about 200 of the worlds few remaining dragons call home. ...More

Book Cover The Lighthouse Land
By McKinty, Adrian
2006/08 - Amulet Books
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The first in a new epic sci-fi series, perfect for fans of Orson Scott Card's "Ender" books or Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials"
Introducing the first young adult novel from crime fiction writer Adrian McKinty, whose adult books have been called "unputdownable" ("Washington Post"), "exceptional" ("San Francisco Chronicle"), and "profoundly satisfying" ("Booklist").
When Jamie's mother inherits a small island, and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title, Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage, and certain otherworldly responsibilities. With the help of a mysteriou ...More

Book Cover Life as We Knew It
By Pfeffer, Susan Beth
2006/10 - Harcourt Children's Books
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2007 Teens’ Top Ten Winner
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When a meteor hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable . . .
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Skybreaker
By Oppel, Kenneth
2005/11 - Eos
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Former cabin boy Matt Cruse, now a student at the prestigious Airship Academy, is first to identify the Hyperion, the private airship of a reclusive and fabulously wealthy inventor that disappeared forty years ago with its owner. Armed with the Hyperion's coordinates, which only he possesses, Matt, heiress Kate de Vries, and a mysterious young gypsy board the Sagarmatha, an airship fitted with the new skybreaker engines that will allow them to reach the Hyperion, 20,000 feet above the earth's surface. Pursued by others who want the Hyperion and will stop at nothing to get it, and surrounded by dangerous high-altitude life forms, Matt and his companions are soon fighting not only for the Hyperion but for their very lives.

In this thrilling sequel to Airborn, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Kenneth Oppel evokes the classic storytelling o ...More

Book Cover Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
By Patterson, James
2007/05 - Little, Brown Young Readers
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James Patterson continues his "New York Times" bestselling series. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them--but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, half way around the world? ...More

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The Golden Compass
By Pullman, Philip
2006/10 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Lyra Belaqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar Pantalaimon always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle--a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold, far North, young Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: She alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle. ...More

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A Darkling Plain
By Reeve, Philip
2007/06 - Eos
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The once-great traction city of London is now just a radioactive wreck. Years after Tom Natsworthy fled, intending never to return, he discovers that something stirs in the remains of the old city in this thrilling conclusion to the Hungry City Chronicles. ...More

Book Cover Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space
By Reeve, Philip
Wyatt, David
2006/10 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Arthur (Art) Mumsby and his irritating sister, Myrtle, live with their father in a huge and rambling house called Larklight . . . that just happens to be traveling through outer space. ...More

Book Cover Welcome to the Ark
By Tolan, Stephanie S.
2000/06 - Harperteen
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In a disturbingly violent world, four brilliant misfits are thrown together in a group home for troubled youth. Miranda, Doug, Taryn, and Elijah discover their minds have powers they could never have imagined. Drawn together by their deep concern for the future, they embark on a mission to stop the violence engulfing the world. ...More

Book Cover Defect
By Weaver, Will
2007/07 - Farrar Straus Giroux
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In this arresting new novel, the author of "Full Service," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, creates an unforgettable character on the path to discovering that some blessings can be a curse--and some curses a blessing. ...More

Book Cover Double Helix
By Werlin, Nancy
2004/03 - Dial Books
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Rich and suspenseful, with a hair-raising conclusion, this is Nancy Werlin's most dynamic novel yet--one that explores the ethics and amazements of genetic engineering. ...More

Book Cover The Rover
By Odom, Mel
2001/08 - Tor Books
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"The Rover" is the tale of a halfling whose life as a third-level assistant librarian is disrupted when he is shanghaied and sold into slavery in a far off land. From then on it's one adventure after another as he manages to save the day in a magically dangerous world. ...More

Book Cover The Destruction of the Books
By Odom, Mel
2004/07 - Tor Books
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When it becomes clear that dark forces are out to destroy those who might defend the world against them, it is up to two lowly librarians at Great Library to secure the sacred volumes that will lead to a new era of darkness if they fall into the wrong hands. ...More

Book Cover The Quest for the Trilogy: A Rover Novel of Three Adventures
By Odom, Mel
2007/03 - Tor Books
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The secret to protecting the civilized world from an ancient threat may lie in the pages of three books. "The Quest for the Trilogy" weaves three separate quests into one as a young historian races against the clock to protect not just his world, but all others as well. ...More

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