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
AdlingtonThe Diary of Pelly D
In a war-devastated city, Toni V finds the diary of a girl whose life was turned upside-down by holocaust-like events. (282 pp.)
Y Adlington
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
CardEnder's Game
Ender, a tactical genius, must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive. (324 pp.)
Y Card
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
Cottrell BoyceCosmic
Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space—posing as the adult chaperone. (313 pp.)
Y Cottrell Boyce
CovilleThe Monsters of Morley Manor
Anthony and Sarah's new monster figures are not only alive, they send them to other planets in an effort to save Earth. (224 pp.)
Y Coville
After a terrible accident, a young girl wakes up to discover that she has been given the body of a chimpanzee. (219 pp.)
Y Dickinson
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
HaddixDouble Identity
When her parents suddenly leave her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets about herself. (218 pp.)
Y Haddix
Imprisoned on the tundra, Bo must survive with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork. (249 pp.)
Y Hautman
LloydThe Carbon Diaries 2015
As a near-future England combats climate change with carbon dioxide rations, Laura's family spirals out of control. (330 pp.)
Y Lloyd
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
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
O'BrienZ Is for Zachariah
After a nuclear war, Ann is relieved to find another survivor, until she realizes that he is a tyrant and she must escape. (249 pp.)
Y O'Brien
PaulsenThe Transall Saga
While backpacking in the desert, Mark falls into a tube of blue light and is transported into a more primitive world. (248 pp.)
Y Paulsen
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
ReeveFever Crumb
In a strange, future London, foundling Fever leaves her sheltered world and learns startling truths about her past. (325 pp.)
Y Reeve
Three teens face the possibility of their lives being "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others. (335 pp.)
Y Shusterman
SleatorHouse of Stairs
Five orphans are trapped in a house of endless stairs as subjects of a psychological experiment. (166 pp.)
Y Sleator
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
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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