Manchester, Connecticut

Scintillating Sci-Fi

  • Coville, Bruce.  My Teacher is an Alien.   (J Coville)
    • Susan Simmons can tell that her new substitute teacher is really weird. But she doesn't know how weird until she catches him peeling off his face and realizes "Mr. Smith" is really an alien.  Other book in the series are: My Teacher Fried My Brains ,My Teacher Glows in the Dark , and My Teacher Flunked the Planet.  
  • Duprau, Jeanne.  City of Ember. (J Duprau)
    • In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions. Other books in the series: The People of Sparks, and Prophet of Yonwood.  
  • Fox, Helen. Eager. (J Fox)
    • Unlike Grumps, their old-fashoned robot, the bell family's new robot, Eager, is programed not mearly to obey but to question, reason, and exercise free will. Sequel: Eager's Nephew
  •  Gutman, Dan.  Satch and Me. (J Gutman)
    • With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip with him to find out whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever.  Other books in the series include Mikey and Me, Babe and Me, Abner and Me, Jackie and Me, and Honus and Me  
  • Haddix, Margaret Peterson.  Among the Hidden. (J Haddix)
    • When thirteen-year-old Luke Garner unwittingly sets off a rebellion which sweeps the country and ousts the Population Police from power, he quickly realizes that the new regime is corrupt and he may hold the only key to true freedom. Other books in the series: Among the Imposters, Among the Betrayed, Among the Barons, Among the Brave, and Among the Enemy. 
  •  Lowery, Lois.  The Giver. (J Lowery)
    • Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.  Other books in the series are Gathering Blue and The Messenger.  
  • L’Engle, Madeleine.  A Wrinkle in Time. (J L’Engle)
    • Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Other books in the series include A Swiftly Tilting Planet and A Wind in the Door.  
  • MacHale, D. J. The Merchant of Death (Pendragon series). (J Machale)
    • Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby. He is going to save the world. And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution. If Bobby wants to see his family again, he's going to have to accept his role as savior, and accept it wholeheartedly. Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning. Other books in this series are: The Lost City of Faar, The Never War, The Reality Bug, Black Water, The Rivers of Zadaa, The Quillan Games, The Pilgrims of Rayne, Raven Rise, and The Soldiers of Halla.
  • O'Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (J O'Brien)
    • Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived. 1972 Newbery Award Medal Winner!
  • Peck, Richard.  Lost in Cyberspace.   (J Peck)
    • While dealing with changes at home, sixth-grader Josh and his friend Aaron use the computer at their New York prep school to travel through time, learning some secrets from the school's past and improving Josh's home situation.  
  • Seidler, Tor.  Brainboy and the Deathmaster. (J Seidler)
    • When Darryl, a twelve-year-old orphan, is adopted by a technology genius, he finds himself the star of his very own life-threatening video game.
  • Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me. (J Stead)
    • As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
  • Yolen, Jane. The Devil's Arithmetic. (J Yolen)
    • Hannah resents stories of her Jewish heritage and of the past until, when opening the door during a Passover Seder, she finds herself in Poland during World War II where she experiences the horrors of a concentration camp, and learns why she-- and we--need to remember the past.