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Science Fiction for Grades 6–8

Recommended reading from the Junior High (Y) Collection. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AndersonUltraviolet
Alison, who has synesthesia, finds herself in a mental ward, accused of killing a classmate whose body cannot be found. (306 pp.)
Y Anderson
BacigalupiShip Breaker
In a bleak future, Nailer must decide whether to strip a beached clipper ship for its wealth or rescue the girl on board. (326 pp.)
Y Bacigalupi
ClementsThings Not Seen
When Bobby finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his blind friend Alicia try to reverse his new condition. (251 pp.)
Y Clements
DashnerThe Maze Runner
Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a deadly maze and must work with his fellow prisoners to escape. (375 pp.)
Y Dashner
EdwardsEarth Girl
Abandoned by her military parents, Jarra is determined to prove herself by excavating the dangerous ruins of old Earth cities. (263 pp.)
Y Edwards
EvansMichael Vey: The Prisoner in Cell 25
Michael and Taylor have mysterious electric abilities. Now a powerful group wants to control them – and through them, the world. (326 pp.)
Y Evans
FarmerThe House of the Scorpion
Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, a 140-year-old drug lord, until his true purpose is revealed. (380 pp.)
Y Farmer
GibbsSpace Case: A Moon Base Alpha Novel
Dash, who lives on cruddy Moon Base Alpha, must solve a murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors. (337 pp.)
Y Gibbs
HaddixUnder Their Skin
Nick and Eryn's mother and stepfather are keeping secrets, they're forbidden to meet their stepsiblings, and now they're in terrible danger. Why? (311 pp.)
Y Haddix
HolmThe Fourteenth Goldfish
Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager! (195 pp.)
Y Holm
LowryThe Giver
Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about his society. (180 pp.)
Y Lowry
LuLegend
In this dark future, Day, a famous criminal, and June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover they have a common enemy. (305 pp.)
Y Lu
MagoonShadows of Sherwood: A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure
When Nott City is taken over, Robyn joins a group of kids trying to take back what's theirs in this futuristic retelling of Robin Hood. (355 pp.)
Y Magoon
McDougallMars Evacuees
Alice is one of 300 kids sent to Mars, safe from the war with invading aliens – but then all of the adults mysteriously disappear. (327 pp.)
Y McDougall
MeyerCinder
Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect Earth in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. (390 pp.)
Y Meyer
NelsonThe Girl Who Owned a City
When a plague kills everyone except children under twelve, Lisa and the other kids must rebuild a new way of life. (200 pp.)
Y Nelson
PfefferLife as We Knew It
Miranda's family struggles to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. (337 pp.)
Y Pfeffer
PhilbrickThe Last Book in the Universe
An epileptic teen nicknamed Spaz fights to bring human intelligence back to an earthquake-ravaged future Earth. (223 pp.)
Y Philbrick
PratchettOnly You Can Save Mankind
As Johnny plays a computer game called Only You Can Save Mankind, he is drawn into the reality of the alien ScreeWee. (207 pp.)
Y Pratchett
ReeseAbove World
When the technology that allows their people to live underwater fails, Aluna and Hoku must go Above World to find help. (356 pp.)
Y Reese
ReeveFever Crumb
In a strange, future London, foundling Fever leaves her sheltered world and learns startling truths about her past. (325 pp.)
Y Reeve
ShustermanUnwind
Three teens face the possibility of their lives being "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others. (335 pp.)
Y Shusterman
TeslerBounders
Jasper is a Bounder training to use teleporting spaceships, but he's soon forced to face the angry alien society that invented the technology. (366 pp.)
Y Tesler
Vande VeldeHeir Apparent
While playing a virtual reality game, Giannine learns the equipment is damaged. She must win quickly or be damaged herself! (315 pp.)
Y Vande Velde
WesterfeldLeviathan
In an alternate 1914 Europe, World War I is fought with the aid of giant robots and genetically-engineered beasts. (440 pp.)
Y Westerfeld

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