Science Fiction for Kids

 Here are all the science fiction books for kids aged 9-12 that I've reviewed.  

 Aliens among us

Aliens on Vacation, by Clete Bennett Smith (2011)

Ambassador, by William Alexander (2014)

The Atomic Weight of Secrets, by Eden Unger Bowditch  Possible aliens--I'll have to see what the second book reveals!

boom! by Mark Haddon  (2010)

The Fellowship for Alien Detection, by Kevin Emerson (2013)

A Field Guide to Aliens, by Johan Olander (2010)

The Prometheus Project: Trapped (2006), and its sequel, Captured (2007) by Douglas E. Richards 

Spaceheadz, by Jon Scieszka and Francesco Sedita (2010)

What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved The World, by Henry Clark (2013)

Scientifically caused changes in people and animals (ie, genetic manipulation/mutation/technological enhancements/science gone wrong)

Above World (2012) and Mirage (2013), by Jenn Reese  genetic modifications

The Cheerleeders of Doom (N.E.R.D.S.), by Michael Buckley, (2011) technological enhancements

The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School, by Fowler DeWitt (2013) bad bacteria

The Cloak Society, by Jeramey Kraatz (2012) genetic super powers

The Dead Boys, by  Royce Buckingham (2010) evil mutated tree

Freakling, by Lana Krumwiede (2012) dystopian, genetic psi powers

Justice and Her Brothers, by Virginia Hamilton (1978)  genetic mutation

Project Jackalope, by Emily Ecton (2012) genetic mutation

Silver, by Chris Wooding (2014) mounstrous technological mutations

The Water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore (2013) you'll have to read the book

Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paulo Bacigalupi  (2013) chemically caused zombification

Kids in space/on alien planets

Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan (2011)

Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce (2008 UK, 2010 US)

Escape from Planet Yastol, by Pamela F. Service (2011)

Galaxy Games, by Greg R. Fishbone (2011)

The Green Book, aka Shine, by  Jill Paton Walsh (UK 1981, US 1988)

Hal Junior: The Secret Signal, by Simon Hayes (2011)

Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow  (2011) and Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp (2013), by Nathan Bransford

Johnny Mackintosh and the Spirit of London (2008) and  Johnny Mackintosh: Star Blaze (2010) by Keith Mansfield

Mars Evacuees, by Sophia McDougall (2014 in the UK, 2015 in the US)

Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel, by K.A. Holt (2009)

Pi in the Sky, by Wendy Mass (2013)

The Planet Thieves, by Dan Krokos (2013)

Space Case, by Stuart Gibbs (2014)

Starbounders, by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (2013)

The Future

The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg van Eekhout (2011)

The Farwalker's Quest  (2009), The Timekeeper's Moon (2010) and The Skeleton's Knife (2011), by Joni Sensel

Human.4, by Mike Lancaster (2011)

Parched, by Melanie Crowder (2013)

The Rendering, by Joel Naftali (2011)

The Search for WondLa, by Tony DiTerlizzi (2010)

Sky Jumpers, by Peggy Eddleman (2013)

The Storm Makers, by Jennifer E. Smith (2012)

The Roar (2009) and The Whisper (2012), by Emma Clayton

Time travel through technology

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott and Larrry Tuxbury (2010)

Chronal Engine, by Greg Leitich Smith (2012)

The Dead Gentleman, by Matthew Cody (2011)

Frozen in Time, by Ali Sparks (2009 UK, 2010 US)

Justin Thyme, by Panama Oxridge (2010 UK, 2011 US)

The Missing Series--Found (2008),  Sent (2009) Sabotaged (2010), Torn (2011) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

A Mutiny in Time (Infinity Ring, Book 1), by James Dashner (2012), and  Divide and Conquer (Book 2) by Carrie Ryan (2012)

No Time Like Tomorrow, by Ted White (1969)

The Only Ones, by Aaron Starmer (2011)

Time Snatchers, by Richard Ungar (2012)


Banneker Bones and the Giant Robot Bees, by Robert Kent (2014)

Bot Wars, by J.V. Cade (2013)

Celia's Robot, by Margaret Chang (2009)

Cryptozoology/Genetically modified plants and animals

Killer Species:  Menace From the Deep, by Michael P. Spradlin (2013)

Tentacles, by Roland Smith (2009)


Guys Read:  Other Worlds, by Jon Scieszka (2013)


  1. Oh, what a great list! Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.

  2. Nice list! But correct link to "Pi in the Sky".

  3. I think you would enjoy Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm. I read it a few months ago and was impressed by it.


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