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Grades 1-2
Star Wars: R2D2 and friends

Beecroft, Simon. Star Wars: R2D2 and friends.
Tales from R2D2’s life.

   
Franny K. Stein, mad scientist: lunch walks among us

Benton, Jim. Franny K. Stein, mad scientist: Lunch walks among us.
Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy. When she has trouble making friends at her new school, she experiments with fitting in -- which works until a monster erupts from the trash can.

   
Dude, where's my spaceship

Greenburg, Dan. Dude, where’s my spaceship?
When their spaceship crash lands on Earth, Ploo is captured by the Army and taken to the mysterious Area 51.

   
bobo crazy

Saddler, Marilyn. Bobo Crazy.
Zenon, who lives on a space station in 2049, is mortified when her father buys her an embarrassing Bobo robotic dog instead of the cool Tobo Dog. Bobo comes in handy when the Tobo Dogs go crazy and turn on their owners.

   
june 29, 1999

Wiesner, David. June 29, 1999.
While her third-grade classmates are sprouting seeds in paper cups, Becky has a more ambitious, innovative science project in mind.

   
commander toad and the big black hole

Yolen, Jane. Commander Toad and the big black hole.
The space ship Star Warts, commanded by Commander Toad, encounters a black hole which threatens the vehicle with doom.

   
Grades 3-4
my teacher is an alien

Coville, Bruce. My teacher is an alien.
After Susan sees Mr. Smith, the substitute teacher, peel off his face, she knows he’s an alien, but only Peter believes her.  They work together to save the class from Mr. Smith’s horrible plans.

 

 

lunchbox and the aliens

Fields, Brian W. Lunchbox and the aliens.
Lunchbox is an ordinary basset hound until he is abducted by aliens, zapped by a mental enhancer, and sent back to convert Earth’s garbage into food – a task that would be easier if he had opposable thumbs, or at least tentacles.

 

 

andrew lost in time

Greenburg, J.C. Andrew lost in time.
When Uncle Al is kidnapped by Dr. Kron-Tox and sent to prehistoric times, Andrew, his cousin Judy, and Thudd the robot try to recue him, and learn first-hand about the origins of the universe.

 

 

mrs. frisby and the rats of NIMH

O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
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.

 

 

knights of the kitchen table

Scieszka, Jon. Knights of the Kitchen Table.
Joe receives a magic book as a birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.

 

 

star wars jedi quest: the way of the apprentice

Watson, Jude. Star Wars Jedi Quest: the way of the apprentice.
Anakin is strong in the ways of the Force. He should be an ideal Jedi apprentice, and yet there is so much he still has to learn. It is up to Obi-Wan Kenobi to teach him these things.

   
Grades 5 - 6
the white mountains

Christopher, John. The White Mountains.
Young Will Parker and his companions make a perilous journey toward an outpost of freedom, where they hope to escape from the ruling Tripods, who capture mature human beings and make them docile, obedient servants.

   
artemis fowl

Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl.
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology and a nasty troll.

   
both sides of time

Cooney, Caroling. Both sides of time.
The summer after her senior year, Annie, wishing she could have lived a hundred years ago in a more romantic time, finds herself in the 1890s. It is indeed romantic-- and very painful.

   
the search for wondla

DiTerlizzi, Tony D. The search for WondLa.
Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her.

   
the city of ember

DuPrau, Jeanne. The city of Ember.
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse unknown regions.

   
enchantress from the stars

Engdahl, Sylvia. Enchantress from the stars.
When young Elana unexpectedly joins the team leaving the spaceship to study the planet Andrecia, she becomes an integral part of an adventure involving three very different civilizations, each one centered on the third planet from the star in its own solar system.

   
among the hidden

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the hidden.
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.

   
found

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Found.
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.

   
boom

Haddon, Mark. Boom!
When Jim and Charlie overhear two of their teachers talking in a secret language, the two friends set out to solve the mystery, but they do not expect the dire consequences of their actions.

   
the glitch in sleep

Hulme, John & Michael Wexler. The glitch in sleep.
The world is actually created and controlled by beings from an alternate dimension, know as the Seems. There, everything is divided into departments, including The Department of Sleep and the Department of Time. Becker Drane is a Fixer. However, when something breaks down in the Department of Sleep, Becker embarks on his first mission as a Fixer, learning a great deal about a world behind the world.

   
brother in a box

Kulman, Evan. Brother from a box.
Sixth-grader Matt Rambeau finds out what it is like to have a brother when his father, a computer genius, creates a robot kid that goes to school with Matt, shares his feelings and ideas, plays, does chores, fights for his ‘life’ when chased by spies, and becomes part of the family.

   
a wrinkle in time

L’Engle, Madeleine. A wrinkle in time.
Meg Murry and her friends, become involved with unearthly strangers in a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

   
the giver

Lowry, Lois. The Giver.
Given his life 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.

   
cyberia

Lynch, Chris. Cyberia.
In a future where electronic surveillance has taken the place of love, a veterinarian is putting computer chips in animals to control them. Those creatures choose young Zane, who understands their speech, to release captives and bring them to a technology-free safety zone.

   
jack blank and the imagine nation

Myklusch, Matt. Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation.
Twelve-year-old Jack, freed from a dismal orphanage, makes his way to the elusive and impossible Imagine Nation, where a mentor saves him from dissection and trains him to use his superpower, despite the virus he carries that makes him a threat.

   
the true meaning of smekday

Rex, Adam. The true meaning of Smekday.
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.

   
when you reach me

Stead, Rebecca. When you reach me.
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980’s 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 seem to defy the laws of time and space.

   
space race

Waugh, Sylvia. Space race.
When he learns that he and his father must soon leave Earth, eleven-year-old Thomas is upset, but a terrible accident that separates the two of them makes Thomas’s situation much worse.