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Grades 7-8 Science Fiction

*Adams, Douglas, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The wildly funny novel about the end of the world and the happy-go-lucky days that follow it.

Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles
A sometimes eerie, sometimes poetic fantasy about the colonization of Mars.

Fahrenheit 451
Story of a fireman of the future whose duty is not to put out fires, but to burn books.

Brown, Dan. Deception Point
A NASA satellite detects evidence of a rare object buried in Arctic ice, leaving researchers in deadly jeopardy.

Brown, Dan. Digital Fortress
An invincible code-breaking machine is held hostage, possible crippling U.S. intelligence.

Card, Orson Scott, Ender's Game
A successful interstellar campaign annihilates the entire Bugger race, except for the cocoon of the Hive Queen. Ender is horrified at learning that the Buggers were explorers, not attackers, and that lack of communication led to war.

Crichton, Michael. The Andromeda Strain
An extraterrestrial decontamination laboratory to sterilize returning spaceships from "unknown biologic agents".

Science and suspense accompany a research team deep in the jungle

Jurassic Park
Dinosaurs created from fossilized DNA for a fabulous theme park are not supposed to be capable of breeding, but they do and they're hungry.

A scary, exciting tale of nanotechnology - the creation of an all-powerful microscopic self-replicating machine.

A 3,000 year old space ship is found on the South Pacific Ocean floor.

Time Line

Historians leap through time to 14th Century feudal France

Danvers, Dennis, The Fourth World
In this satirical near-future thriller, people of privileged nations enjoy unlimited virtual reality but have lost their freedom. A Web journalist escapes into the Third World and is soon caught p in a local revolution with global consequences.

Farmer, Nancy. The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
In 2194 Zimbabwe thirteen-year-old Tendai and his two younger siblings are tired of the sheltered life their military father provides for them and escape to an unchaperoned excursion in the city where they are captured by their father's enemies

The House of the Scorpion
Matt, one of Alacran's clones, must flee to remain "human" and save fellow clones (Newbery Honor)

*Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden
An illegal "third child" lives in fear and isolation and encounters another "third" who convinces him that the government is wrong.

Keyes, Daniel.
Flowers for Algernon
A science experiment briefly increases to genius level the intelligence of a man with a low I.Q.

Lewis, C S., The Space Trilogy:
Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength

*Lowry, Lois. The Giver
Raised in a utopian society, 12-year old Jonas is startled to see the truth behind what he was taught to believe was a perfect world (Newbery Medal)

Lowry, Lois. Messenger
The companion to Gathering Blue and The Giver.

*Lowry, Lois. Gathering Blue
Kira's world of the future is almost medieval, filled with violence, bleakness, anger and hostility. She has the unusual skill of embroidery and is given the honorable job of Threader. She enlists her friend Matt to go out into the unknown world to look for blue thread.

O'Brien, Robert C. Z for Zachariah
A novel about the aftermath of nuclear devastation.

Oppel, Kenneth. Skybreaker
A sequel to Airborn, this is a world in which a new discovery can have unimagined consequences - on earth and miles above it.

Paulsen, Gary. The Transall Saga
A solo camping trip is catapulted into a time-travel adventure.

Pierce, Meredith, The Darkangel
This is the first in a trilogy about a young girl on the moon. She has a mysterious fate contained in a poem that she cannot interpret.

Pow, Tom, The Pack (NEW)
Bradley, named for the shop where he was found begging, is the leader of the Pack. The Pack has three children, recently returning to human form after living as dogs, and three dogs, one of whom is part wolf. When a warlord kidnaps one child, Bradley must follow. The Pack survives capture, caged fights and difficult travel to reach the Land of Wolves.

*Pullman, Philip, The Golden Compass
Lyra, an orphan being raised by the Scholars of Jordan College lives a life of adventure on the roofs and in the catacombs of the college. A strange encounter with her uncle and the continued disappearance of young children from the country thrust Lyra into a mystery and a dangerous quest. This book is the first in a trilogy of high fantasy; the others are THE SUBTLE KNIFE and THE AMBER SPYGLASS.

The Subtle Knife

The Amber Spyglass

Shusterman, Neal. Downsiders
A futuristic world separates the underground, Downside, from Topside. Fourteen year old Talon breaks the rule against venturing up when he needs medicine for his very sick sister.

Shute, Nevil. On the Beach
A nuclear holocaust in the northern hemisphere inspires Australia to reconsider its values.

Sleator, William, Singularity
Twin brothers discover an unearthly secret: a passageway to another universe and a deadly force so great it could destroy the world.

Yolen, Jane, editor, 2041: Twelve Stories about the Future by Top Science Fiction Writers
Twelve short, readable, thought-provoking stories of what life will be like fifty years from now.