"Out of This World" Science Fiction Books (page 4)

By — Parents' Choice Foundation
Updated on Jan 8, 2010

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMHMrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Ages 9-13 yrs.By Robert C. O’Brien
Atheneum; (June 1974) ISBN: 0689206518, $18.00

Mrs. Frisby, a mother rat with a sick son, is in trouble. She must ask the help of some highly intelligent rats that live nearby to help them move to their summer den. Her saviors are a strange lot, not trusted by the other rats because of their superior brains. How did they become so different? The answer involves some highly secretive scientific experiments in this stunning Newbery award-winning tale.

The Giver
Ages 10-14 yrs.By Lois Lowry
Houghton Mifflin Co (Juv); (April 1993) ISBN: 0395645662, $16.00

In a sterile futuristic society where crime, poverty, and sadness are not tolerated, children receive their “calling” at the age of 12. Jonas is chosen to be the “Receiver of the Memories” from the elderly “Giver.” Only one may retain the memories, good and bad, of the community. Winner of both the Newbery and Horn Book award, Lowry allows Jonas to question the wisdom of such a an “orderly” future.

Ages 10-14 yrs.By Neil Gaiman
HarperCollins; 1st edition (July 2, 2002) ISBN: 0380977788, $15.99

After moving to a new apartment, Coraline's parents suddenly disappear. Able to go through a previously locked door, Coraline finds herself in an eerie alternate reality, with an "other" mother and "other" father. Though they try to please her, Coraline senses evil in her "new" parents. This modern fairy tale/gothic horror is both chilling and strangely appealing.

The Boy Who Reversed HimselfThe Boy Who Reversed Himself
Ages 10-14 yrs.By William Sleator
Puffin; Reprint edition (February 1998) ISBN: 0140389652, $5.99

Laura, and her boyfriend, Pete, journey to the fourth dimension, taught how to do so by Laura’s mysterious neighbor, Omar. Unfortunately, once there, they are captured and cannot return to their own world – without help. Science and math have never been as intriguing or intelligible as in this account of an “alien” universe.

The Kindling
Ages 10-14 yrs.By Jennifer Armstrong (Fire-us Trilogy)
Harpercollins Juvenile Books; (April 2002) ISBN: 0060080485, $15.95

A virus (fire-us) has wiped out the entire adult population of the world in a future time, or so believes a small group of children in Florida. With little memory of past lives, the children have assumed roles in their "family." They set off to discover what is left in the empty world that is their legacy.

Off the RoadOff the Road
Ages 10-14 yrs.By Nina Bawden
Houghton Mifflin Co; (October 19, 1998) ISBN: 0395913217, $16.00

Set in Wales in 2036, society is enclosed in walled "urbs," with the fear of encountering dragons and trolls in the Outside. 11 year old Tom Jacobs, on an outing to Memory Park with his grandfather, discovers the truth. The next decision he makes will alter his life forever.

Virtual War
Ages 10-14 yrs.By Gloria Skurzunski
Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (February 1999) ISBN: 0689824254, $4.99

Genetically engineered to fight a cyberwar, Corgan and two other young people bred for their specific talents, are trained for the online cataclysmic event. Corgan, however, begins to wonder if such a war is the wisest choice for the world. Is there not another way to ensure the “survival of the fittest” nations?

The House of the Scorpion
Ages 11-14 yrs.By Nancy Farmer
Atheneum; (September 2002), ISBN: 0689852223, $17.95

A 2003 Newbery Honor book, this novel takes place in a future where opium is grown in a country between the United States and Mexico, and the workers are slave clones. A teen clone of the old drug lord, uniquely left with all his mental abilities, finds out the secrets of this evil empire. Can he escape, or will he be running to a far worse fate?

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