Science Fiction

Some of our favorite science fiction stories for school-age children.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
Picture Books and Younger Elementary
Burt's Way Home

John Martz
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Martz Burts Way Home)

Burt is an alien from a distant galaxy with advanced technology, but an accident has made his parents disappear and trapped him on Earth. But when Burt embarks on a plan to teleport home once and for all and ventures into the cold all alone, his foster mother Lydia will have to find a way to bridge the gulf between them.

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza

James Kochalka
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Glorkian Warrior v. 1)

The Glorkian Warrior isn't the brightest bulb in the box, so it's good he's got his trusty talking backpack to advise him as they set out on a perilous journey to deliver a pizza. The pizza's got clams and peanut butter on it, so it's not clear who's going to want it, but deliver it they will.

Little Robot

Ben Hatke
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Hatke Little Robot)

When a girl finds a lost robot in the woods, they become fast friends, but they're both in for an adventure when a much larger, menacing robot comes to retrieve it.

Pluto Rocket: New in Town

Paul Gilligan
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Pluto Rocket v. 1)
Series: Pluto Rocket

An unlikely friendship forms between a street-smart pigeon and an out-of-this-world visitor.

Waffles and Pancake, Book 1: Planetary-yum

Drew Brockington
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Waffles and Pancake v. 1)
Series: Waffles and Pancake

Future CatStronaut Waffles and his younger sister Pancake are kittens who enjoy visiting the science museum with Dad-Cat.

Older Elementary
5 Worlds, Book 1: The Sand Warrior

Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Five Worlds v. 1)
Series: 5 Worlds

A story that explores new worlds packed with amazing adventures; ancient mysteries; the unlikely bond of a clumsy dancer, a boy from the poorest slums, and a superstar athlete--and their quest to save one small, distant galaxy from the forces of evil

Animorphs, Volume 1: The Invasion

Chris Grine
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Animorphs v. 1
Series: Animorphs (Graphic novels)

Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He could tell you about the night he and his friends saw a strange light in the sky that seemed to be heading right for them. That was the night five normal kids learned that humanity is under a silent attack -- and were given the power to fight back. Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco can transform into some of the most dangerous creatures on Earth. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil greater than anything the world has ever seen.


Greg Van Eekhout
(Juvenile Fiction - J Vaneekh)

Cog looks like a normal 12-year-old boy. But his name is short for 'cognitive development,' and he was built to learn. But after an accident leaves him damaged, Cog wakes up in an unknown lab and Gina, the scientist who created and cared for him, is nowhere to be found. Surrounded by scientists who want to study him and remove his brain, Cog recruits four robot accomplices for a mission to find her.

Dragon Pearl

Yoon Ha Lee
(Juvenile Fiction - J Lee)

Min, a 13-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces.

Fuzzy Mud

Louis Sachar
(Juvenile Fiction - J Sachar)

Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud, but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.

The Giver

Lois Lowry
(Juvenile Fiction - J Lowry)
Series: The Giver Quartet; 1

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community. Then, he discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Grace Needs Space

Benjamin A Wilgus
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Wilgus Grace Needs Space)

Grace's excitement to accompany her "fun" mom on delivery to Titan quickly turns to frustration when her mom is too preoccupied with her mission to spend time with Grace, yet when their ship stops working on their return home it is up to Grace to save the day.

Hilo. 1, The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

Judd Winick
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Hilo v. 1)
Series: Hilo

When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world.

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat

Johnny Marciano
(Juvenile Fiction - J Marcian)
Series: Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat; 1

Klawde, the exiled ruler of the planet Lyttyrboks, and Raj, who just moved from Brooklyn to tiny Elba, Oregon, forge an unlikely friendship as they find their footing in a strange new world.

The Last Beekeeper

Pablo Cartaya
(Juvenile Fiction - J Cartaya)

In a future shaken by climate disasters, Yolanda Cicerón knows that nature is something to be feared. From the crops that don't grow to the terrifying creatures that roam the countryside, Yoly's life in the Valley is brutal and harsh. She dreams of leaving her farm to live in Silo--the most advanced town for miles around. But first, Yoly will need to prove she belongs in a place where only the smartest and most useful are welcomed.

Ruby Finley vs the Interstellar Invasion

K. Tempest Bradford
(Juvenile Fiction - J Bradfor)

11-year-old Ruby, a Black girl who loves studying insects, accidentally captures an alien bug, but when the creature escapes and starts wreaking havoc around the neighborhood, it is up to Ruby and her rag-tag group of friends to find this new invasive species before the feds do.

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe

Carlos Hernandez
(Juvenile Fiction - J Hernand)

In order to heal after his mother's death, 13-year-old Sal learns to reach into time and space to retrieve things—and people—from other universes.

The Strangers

Margaret Peterson Haddix
(Juvenile Fiction - J Haddix)
Series: Greystone Secrets; 1

Told from separate viewpoints, Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone investigate why their mother went missing and uncover their ties to an alternate world.

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown
(Juvenile Fiction - J Brown)

Roz the Robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there. Her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.