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After the Red Rain

After the Red Rain

By Barry Lyga with Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: General, Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality, Personal Development: Self-Discovery

Grades: 10-12


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A postapocalyptic novel with a cinematic twist from New York Times bestseller Barry Lyga, actor Peter Facinelli, and producer Robert DeFranco.


On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river–a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet.


But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate’s son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.



“Best-selling Lyga gets his mitts on dystopian romance? Better get two.” — Booklist


“Not just another dystopia: strong characters and adept world-building make this work stand out from the crowd.” — School Library Journal


“A fast-paced, nail-biting, action-packed must-read with a compelling commentary on the consequences of overpopulation.”— Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and The One & Only


“Stunning … like a future-shock movie playing in your head.”—Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series


“A powerful tale of the essence of truth and the strength of free will set in an Orwellian world brimming with imagination.”—CJ Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Watched



Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker

By Paolo Bacigalupi

Genre: Science Fiction

Curriculum subjects: Science Fiction, Survival, Character Development

Grade: 9-12


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A gritty, high-stakes adventure set in a futuristic world where oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer.


In America’s Gulf Coast region, grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota-and hopefully live to see another day.


But when, by luck or by chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life….

In this powerful novel, Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.



Winner of the 2011 Printz Medal


“Vivid, brutal, and thematically rich, this captivating title is sure to win teen fans for the award-winning Bacigalupi.” – Booklist




47 by Walter Mosley47

By Walter Mosley

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Curriculum Subject: Social Studies: History; Social Studies: African American Heritage: Adventure: Science Fiction

Grades: 7 & Up


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Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up underthe watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious TallJohn, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom.




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★”Equal parts history and tall tale, this engaging story related by an endearing narrator is so full of dramatic tension that few readers will realize they’re learning something, too.” – Publishers Weekly


“Walter Mosley is a force to be reckoned with in this lifetime and those to come. His infinite imagination makes this incredible reading.” – Black Issues Book Review


“A stirring story of escape from slavery in which [science fiction] and African American myth blend with the realism of plantation brutality and the courage of resistance.” – Booklist


“Thrilling on many levels, the books voices, sacrifices, climatic battles, and satisfying escapes will dazzle and provoke readers.” – The Horn Book




Space Taxi Series by Wendy Mass & Michael Brawer

Archie Morningstar’s dad drives a taxi through outer space!


And with the help of a talking cat named Pockets, Archie and his dad help fight crime across the universe.




A new sci-fi chapter book series from Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer

filled with humor, adventure, and plenty of science to impress your friends and teachers.



space taxiArchie Takes Flight

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Aliens/ Ghosts; Science: Astronomy/ Space/ Aviation

Grades: 1–3


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It’s not every day a regular kid like Archie gets to wake up at midnight. But today is Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Archie is finally allowed to ride along in his dad’s taxi cab. He has been waiting eight years, eight months, and eight days for this moment to arrive.  But he’s about to discover his dad is no ordinary cab driver…In fact, he drives an intergalactic space taxi! All night long, he shuttles aliens from one corner of the universe to another. And being a space taxi copilot is no easy task: Archie must steer them into wormholes, keep them from crashing into planets, deal with a very unusual cat…and save the universe from an evil mastermind!





water planet

Water Planet Rescue

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Aliens/ Ghosts; Science: Astronomy/ Space/ Aviation

Grades: 1–3


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In the second book in this series, Archie, his dad, and Pockets fly to a planet in peril: someone is stealing the water from this underwater world! Can Archie and Pockets save the day?









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Archie’s Alien Disguise

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Aliens/ Ghosts; Science: Astronomy/ Space/ Aviation

Grades: 1–3


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In the third book in the series, Archie, his dad, and Pockets visit a planet that resembles medieval Earth in every way but its inhabitants, who have rainbow colored hair and extra eyes. To beat the evil organization B.U.R.P., the trio must disguise themselves as aliens and rescue a princess! When Archie must act on his own, can he find the courage to save the day?








The Galactic B.U.R.P.

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Aliens/ Ghosts; Science: Astronomy/ Space/ Aviation

Grades: 1–3


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In this fourth book in the series, Archie is taken to the criminal organization B.U.R.P.’s mothership where he must outsmart evil masterminds!











★ “This blend of rollicking adventure and a splash of science will make this series a hit with young readers.” – School Library Connection, starred review


★ “With wacky adventure, imaginative settings and wildly varied ETs, this series has endless potential. Archie’s sense of wonder and dedication to his newfound responsibility are inspirational. Line drawings and a trio of science facts further enhance this enjoyable interstellar romp. Its likable hero is just one reason to love this intergalactic space adventure.” – Kirkus, starred review




Idols by Margaret StohlIdols

By Margaret Stohl

Genre: Science Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Teen Life: Relationships/ Sexuality; Personal Development

Grades: 7 & Up

The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

Most of us.

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives — and stop one heart forever.

In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity’s strongest chance at survival.



“[Idols] feeds the continuing hunger for fast-paced tales of dystopia…The series many fans will be glad to have this one while they look forward to the next.” –Booklist


“Continuing from Icons, nifty top-secret documents appearing between chapters flesh out the invasion… [They] explicitly reference science-fiction classics-a bonus for genre fans-and keep readers a step ahead of the characters. Last-minute twists create a cliffhanger. A fast, fun read for fans of the first.” –Kirkus



Inheritance by Malinda LoInheritance

By Malinda Lo

Genre: Science Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Aliens/ Ghosts

Grades: 10 & Up

The sequel to Adaptation keeps the suspense through the roof.

Reese and David are not normal teens. At least not since they were “adapted” with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is after Reese and David: the US government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything to gain the upper hand against the aliens.

Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for Amber, her ex-girlfriend and an Imrian. But Reese’s choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe.



“Dialogue rings true, and the characters are appealing … the alien and political machinations provide menace, a brisk page-turning plot and lots of fun.” –Kirkus

172 Hours on the Moon

172 Hours on the Moon172 Hours on the Moon

By Johan Harstad

Genre: Science Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Aliens/Ghosts; Adventure: Survival; Science: Astronomy/Space/Aviation

Grade: 7 & Up

It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers have one a NASA-sponsored lottery for the return trip. It’s the adventure of a lifetime and will change them forever. Little do these teens know that something sinister is waiting for them on the moon’s surface. And in the vacuum of space … no one is coming to save them.


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“This effective premise of often intoxicating and occasionally downright terrifying.” –Booklist

“Imaginative … Well-crafted suspense … Interesting and original.” –Kirkus

“Original, creepy, intense … 170 Hours is page-turning sci-fi that will stay with readers long after the shocking and heartbreaking conclusion.” –SLJ



By Malinda Lo

Genre: Science Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Aliens

Grade: 10 & Up

A bold contemporary science fiction thriller from the acclaimed author of Ash and The Huntress.

Across North America, flocks of birds start hurling themselves at airplanes, causing many flights to crash. The scary part? The birds seem to be doing it on purpose. Government fears of terrorism ground all other flights stranding thousands of travelers including teens Reese and David. They just want to get home to San Francisco. A frantic car ride north through the Nevada desert ends in a horrible crash no one could survive. But Reese and David survived, though a bit … changed.


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A CBC Best Children’s Book of 2013

A 2013 Top Ten Rainbow Project Book


“Absolutely compelling.” –The Horn Book


“Slot this on the shelf between Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and The X-Files.” –Kirkus

When We Wake

When We Wake

By Karen Healey

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Science Fiction,

Grade: 7+


Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.


But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.


Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?


Award-winning author Karen Healey has created a haunting, cautionary tale of an inspiring protagonist living in a not-so-distant future that could easily be our own.


★ “Science Fiction done right.” – Kirkus Reviews

The Drowned Cities

The Drowned Cities

By Paolo Bacigalupi

Genre: Science Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Survival, Science Fiction, Friendship

Grade: 9-12


SLJ Best Book of 2012  |  Kirkus Best Books of 2012  |  2013 Tayshas Reading List


In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man–a bioengineered war beast named Tool–who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses. One is taken prisoner by merciless soldier boys, and the other is faced with an impossible decision: Risk everything to save a friend, or flee to a place where freedom might finally be possible.


This thrilling companion to Paolo Bacigalupi’s highly acclaimed Ship Breaker is a haunting and powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.




[quote]★”Beautifully written, filled with high-octane action, and featuring badly damaged but fascinating and endearing characters” – PW[/quote]

[quote]★”Arguably, the novel’s greatest success lies in the creation of a world that is so real, the grit and decay of war and ruin will lay thick on the minds of readers long after the final page. – Kirkus Reviews[/quote]




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