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Booklist: Contemporary Sci-Fi for Kids and Teens

April 24th, 2013 (06:55 pm)

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A few years ago, Colleen of Chasing Ray posted about the lack of sci-fi titles for teens. At that time, we discussed how science fiction does not seem to be as readily available right now in the teen department as, say, fantasy, drama, or romance. The discussion we had in her blog's comments prompted this list, which is composed of young adult sci-fi books that I have enjoyed and which have been released in the past decade.

Published in teen fiction:

The Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
- The Adoration of Jenna Fox
- The Fox Inheritance
- Fox Forever

Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
- Uglies
- Pretties
- Specials
-- Companion novel to the series: Extras
-- Graphic novels by Scott Westerfeld and Devin Grayson, illustrated by Steven Cummings:
- Uglies: Shay's Story
- Uglies: Cutters
-- Non-fiction guide to the series: Bogus to Bubbly: An Insider's Guide to the World of Uglies

Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
- Companion: The Last Days

The Cold Awakening trilogy by Robin Wasserman
- Frozen (formerly titled Skinned)
- Shattered (formerly titled Crashed)
- Torn (formerly titled Wired)

Fingerprints series by Melinda Metz
#1. Gifted Touch
#2. Haunted
#3. Trust Me
#4. Secrets
#5. Betrayed
#6. Revelations
#7. Payback

Feed by M.T. Anderson

I Was a Teenage Popsicle by Bev Katz Rosenbaum
- Sequel: Beyond Cool

Published in juvenile fiction:
Star Split by Kathryn Lasky
The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton
Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Escape from Memory by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Related Booklists: Vamping It Up, Go Gothic, Dystopia, Teen Mystery and Horror


Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 1st, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)

A title I have yet to read:
Double Helix by Nancy Werlin

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)

Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters trilogy is another good one, but pretty scary--kept me up at night! :) - a. fortis

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 6th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)

I love Midnighters. I see it more in the fantasy category than sci-fi.

Posted by: thehappynappybookseller.blogspot.com (thehappynappybookseller.blogspot.com)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)

Would Exodus by Julie Bertagna be considered sci fi or fantasy. I haven't read it yet but its on my short list

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)

I haven't read it yet, so I can't say.

Posted by: leigh_purtill (leigh_purtill)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)

I love love love sf and was recently looking for some good YA sf and found none but those you listed above. Those are all awesome, yes, but not nearly enough! This post encourages me - I have been wanting to write my own sf for a long time!! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)

Excellent. Go for it!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 15th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)

I really love SF...and I also want to write about SF, the problem is I don't know how to start :(...more research to seek for. And learn some way of writing. Thanks for the info, it will help me.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 15th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: HI...

Think of something that you has always intrigued you, or made you ponder how it came to be. Go from there. :)

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