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Science Fiction for Teens

This booklist was contributed by Appleton Public Library Reference and Information Services Staff, 6/07 10/09

Teen SF Titles

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Airborn by Kenneth Oppel(2004)Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

The bar code tattoo by Suzanne Weyn(2004)In the near future, Kayla finds herself running for her life when she refuses to get the mandatory bar code tattoo on her seventeenth birthday--a decision that renders her a social outcast and places her family in grave danger. The bar code tattoo. Everybody's getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity. But what if you say no? What if you don't want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There's no option but to run for her life. Individuality vs. conformity. Identity vs. access. Freedom vs. control. The bar code tattoo.

Be more chill by Ned Vizzini(2004)Badly in need of self-confidence and a change of image, high school nerd Jeremy Heere swallows a pill-sized super computer that is supposed to help him get whatever he wants.

Brave new world by Aldous Huxley(1932)Originally published in 1932, Huxley's terrifying vision of a controlled and emotionless future "Utopian" society is truly startling in its prediction of modern scientific and cultural phenomena, including test-tube babies and rampant drug abuse. Syndetics

Bug Park by James P. Hogan(1997)When you're a teenager, even a teenager with a rich, indulgent parent, you don't have a lot of power. But when things get very small, the rules change. Physics changes. What everybody knows, ain't so; the weak are mighty, and the powerful can be brought down by those they thought they'd already trodden underfoot. And even those who think they own the world can learn the hard way that innocence is not another word for "stupid". Welcome to Bug Park. Syndetics

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins(2009)Hunger Games ; bk. 2.
By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman(2002)Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

A crack in the line by Michael Lawrence(2003)Sixteen-year-old Alaric discovers how to travel to an alternate reality, where his mother is alive and his place in the family is held by a girl named Naia.

The Declaration by Gemma Malley(2007)In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "Surplus" training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.

Dragon and thief by Timothy Zahn(2004)Fourteen-year old orphan Jack Morgan is hiding out in a spaceship. Falsely accused of a crime, he escapes to a remote and uninhabited planet.

Dusk by Susan Gates(2005)Sharing both human and hawk genes, a young girl escapes from her cage at a top secret laboratory where she was conceived by military scientists in a botched experiment designed to create stronger soldiers.

The ear, the eye, and the arm by Nancy Farmer(1994)In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.

Ender's game by Orson Scott Card(1985)Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

Epic by Conor Kostick(2007)On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik pursuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury(1953)Guy Montag, a fire-fighter and book-burner for the State, discovers that in order to remain human he must preserve the books that attest to his humanity in this classic science fiction novel.

Feed by M.T. Anderson(2002)In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Gideon the cutpurse : being the first part of the Gideon trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer(2006)Ignored by his father and sent to Derbyshire for the weekend, twelve-year-old Peter and his new friend, Kate, are accidentally transported back in time to 1763 England where they are befriended by a reformed cutpurse. Kate was unconscious for barely thirty seconds. When she came round, her face was drawn and her skin was white as paper. She felt sick and weak and all she wanted to do was close her eyes and escape from a reality that she was not ready to face -- at least not just yet. Gideon carried Kate to a shady spot well away from the road and laid her gently on the grass. He took a shirt from his bag and folded it into a pillow for Kate's head. Then he gave his water bottle to Peter, saying, "Stay with her. We are close to Baslow Hall, Colonel Byng's house; I shall fetch a horse and will return as soon as I am able." Peter took the bottle like a sleepwalker. His world had temporarily flicked out of focus, and he was quite happy for it to remain that way.

Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman(2008)Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack-who has already killed Bod's family.

The green glass sea by Ellen Klages(2006)It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father--but no one will tell her exactly where he is. When she reaches Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns why: he's working on a top secret government program.

Hunger games by Suzanne Collins(2008)In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

I, robot by Isaac Asimov(1950)In this collection, one of the great classics of science fiction, Asimov set out the principles of robot behavior that we know as the Three Laws of Robotics. Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world, all told with Asimov's trademark dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction.

Infernal devices by Philip Reeve(2005)Book 3 in the Hungry City Chronicles
In the distant future, when fifteen-year-old Wren Natsworthy, bored with life in Anchorage, steals an Old-Tech book for a Lost Boy, she sets off a sequence of events that leads her parents, Tom and Hester, back into battle with old enemies and new.

Interworld by Neil Gaiman(2008)At nearly fifteen years of age, Joey Harker learns that he is a Walker, able to travel between dimensions, and soon joins a team of different versions of himself, each from another dimension, to fight the evil forces striving to conquer all the worlds.

The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness(2008)Chaos walking ; bk. 1.
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

The last book in the universe by W.R. Philbrick(2000)After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.

Life as we knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer(2006)Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

The lighthouse land by Adrian McKinty(2006)Thirteen-year-old Jamie is overjoyed when a bequest sends him and his mother to live on an Irish island, where he and his newfound friend Ramsay travel back in time to help a young girl save her people from certain death.

London calling by Edward Bloor(2006)Seventh-grader Martin Conway believes that his life is monotonous and dull until the night the antique radio he uses as a night-light transports him to the bombing of London in 1940.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury(1950)A classic work of twentieth-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage. In connected, chronological stories, Bradbury enthralls, delights and challenges readers with his vision and his heartQtaking them to a strange, breathtaking world where humanity does not belong. Syndetics

Mortal engines : a novel by Philip Reeve(2003)Book 1 Hungry City Chronicles
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

The navigator by Eoin McNamee(2006)Owen has always been different, and not only because his father committed suicide, but he is not prepared for the knowledge that he has a mission to help the Wakeful--the custodians of time--to stop the Harsh from reversing the flow of time.

Predator's gold : a novel by Philip Reeve(2003)Book 2 in Hungry City Chronicles
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, Tom and Hester hope that the ice city of Anchorage will reach the rumored haven of the Dead Continent--America--before the savage Hunstmen of Arkangel find them.

Rash by Pete Hautman(2006)In a future society that has decided it would "rather be safe than free," sixteen-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.

Saga by Conor Kostick(2008)Sequel to Epic
On Saga, a world based on a video role-playing game, fifteen-year-old Ghost lives to break rules, but the Dark Queen who controls Saga plans to enslave its people and those of New Earth, and Ghost and her airboarding friends, along with Erik and his friends from Epic, try to stop her.

Shade's children by Garth Nix(1997)In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.

Siberia : a novel by Ann Halam(2005)After spending two years at a prison school, thirteen-year-old Sloe sets off on a trek across frozen wastelands, tending to the secret "seeds" of wild animals her mother left in her care, trying to reach a new life for all of them.

Singer in the snow by Louise Marley(2005)In a land where the sun shines only once every five years, two gifted young Singers are sent to a remote outpost where they struggle to refine their abilities to create heat and light using their psi energy.

Singing the Dogstar blues by Alison Goodman(2002)In a future Australia, the saucy eighteen-year-old daughter of a famous newscaster and a sperm donor teams up with a hermaphrodite from the planet Choria in a time travel adventure that may significantly change both of their lives.

Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel(2006)Sequel to Airborn
Matt Cruse, a student at the Airship Academy, and Kate de Vries, a young heiress, team up with a gypsy and a daring captain, to find a long-lost airship, rumored to carry a treasure beyond imagination.

The softwire : virus on Orbis 1 by PJ Haarsma(2006)When twelve-year-old Johnny and his sister arrive on Orbits in a space ship of orphans, he finds he has a unique ability to communicate with computers.

The starry rift: tales of new tomorrows : an original science fiction anthology(2008)Truly successful science fiction does two things: it gives credible glimpses into the future while entertaining the reader. With this in mind, anthologist Jonathan Strahan asked sixteen of today's most inventive, compelling writers to look past the horizon of the present day and to the future of science fiction.

The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer(2004)In futuristic Satellite City, fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill escapes from his abusive orphanage and teams up with three other people who share his unusual ability to see supernatural creatures, and together they determine the nature and purpose of the swarming blue Parasites that are invisible to most humans.

Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson(2006)Eleven-year-old Silver sets out to find the Timekeeper--a clock that controls time--and to protect it from falling into the hands of two people who want to use the device for their own nefarious ends.

The by true meaning of Smekday Adam(Rex)When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or "Smekday" Eve since the Boov invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster.

The time machine by H.G. Wells(1895)A time traveler voyages into the year 802701 to discover that the world is divided into two groups, the Morlocks and the Eloi.

Time's chariot by Ben Jeapes(2008)In an overcrowded future, Earth's surplus population is dispersed throughout history, but the system that makes this possible is about to collapse with deadly consequences.

The tomorrow code by Brian Falkner(2008)Two New Zealand teenagers receive a desperate SOS from their future selves and set out on a quest to stop an impending ecological disaster that could mean the end of humanity.

Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix(2000)"It isn't natural for you to be younger than your great-grandchildren. We messed around with nature, and we shouldn't have. Melly and Anny Beth both lived normal lives throughout the 20th century. But in 2000, when they are old and ready to die, they are selected to participate in Project Turnabout and are given an injection to make them grow younger..."

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld(2005)Uglies; bk.1.
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

Ultimate game : a novel by Christian Lehmann(2000)

The war of the worlds by H.G. Wells(1898)Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title—offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords. This edition of War of the Worlds includes a Introduction, Biographical Note, and Afterword by James Gunn. They came form outer space--Mars, to be exact. With deadly heat-rays and giant fighting machine they want to conquer Earth and keep humans as their slaves. Nothing seems to stop them as they spread terror and death across the planet. It is the start of the most important war in Earth's history. And Earth will never be the same.Syndetics

White time by Margo Lanagan(2006)Presents ten short stories, both dark and hopeful, that journey into the past, the future, and altered versions of the present.

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