2nd through 6th grade
The Accidental Spaceship by Gene Hunt – J Hun
When a spaceship lands in the backyard of their grandfather's Pennsylvania farm house, thirteen-year-old twins Vernon and Junior Smith begin a series of adventures involving a robot named Thinker, interplanetary travel, and an unrelenting tax collector.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – J DuP
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.
Danny Dunn books by Jay Williams – J Wil
Danny Dunn wants nothing more than to be a scientist when he grows up, and when he and his friends Joe and Irene get into Professor Bullfinch’s many inventions, they find scientific adventures around every corner.
George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy Hawking – J Haw
Follows the adventures of a young boy and his neighbor friend as they travel through a computer portal into outer space, where they explore such mysteries as black holes and the origins of the universe, while trying to evade an evil scientist.
I was a Sixth-Grade Alien by Bruce Coville – J Cov
When aliens come to Earth on an interplanetary trade mission, sixth-grader Tim makes friends with the ambassador's son and together they uncover a plot to sabotage the mission.
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson – J Eme
In 2213, after Earth has been destroyed by the sun and humans live on Mars, Liam and Phoebe face many adventures as they prepare for their escape to the distant planet Aaru-5.
Marco’s Millions by William Sleator – J Sle
Twelve-year-old Marco's love for travel and for his younger sister Lilly, who has psychic powers, leads him to journey to other universes, gaining the ability to go wherever he wishes without growing old.
Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars by Ellen MacGregor – J Mac
Miss Pickerell gets involved in a fantastic escapade when she discovers a rocket in her yard with a crew which carries her with them to Mars.
The Power of Un by Nancy Etchemendy– J Etc
When he is given a device that will allow him to "undo" what has happened in the past, Gib Finney is not sure which event from the worst day in his life he should change to keep his sister from being hit by a truck.
The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi – J DiT
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 Time Hackers by Gary Paulsen – J Pau
When someone uses futuristic technology to play pranks on twelve-year-old Dorso Clayman, he and his best friend set off on a supposedly impossible journey through space and time trying to stop the gamesters who are endangering the universe.
Virtually Perfect by Dan Gutman – J Gut
When twelve-year-old Yip uses his father's new software to make a computer simulation of a boy his age, the creation breaks out of cyberspace into the real world and begins to complicate Yip's life.
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron – J Cam
A mystery man inspires two boys to build a space ship which takes them to the planet of Basidium to help the Mushroom people.
6th through 9th grade
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson – T Pat
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose. Book 1 in the Maximum Ride series.
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson – T Pat
Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence of Earth and another planet are at stake. Book 1 in the Daniel X series.
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix – T Had
When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip 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.
The Giver by Lois Lowry – T Low
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.
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan - YA Rya
Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, fifteen-year-old Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship could have devastating consequences. Book 1 in the Sky Chasers series.
The Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde – T Van
While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself.
H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden – T Wal
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E.
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer – T Far
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
Interworld by Neil Gaiman – T Gai
At nearly fifteen years of age, Joey Harker learns that he is a Walker, able to travel between dimensions, and soon joins a team of different versions of himself, each from another dimension, to fight the evil forces striving to conquer all the worlds.
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko – T Cho
With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time.
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card – YA Car
Thirteen-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others' pasts, but revelations after his father's death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.
The Roar by Emma Clayton – T Cla
In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been obliterated, Mika refuses to believe that his sister was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her in spite of the dangers he faces in doing so.
The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld – T Wes
In a world in which everyone is transformed into a stunning beauty at age 16, Tally has doubts.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – T LEn
Meg and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for her father, who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.