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Whales on Stilts
by M. T. Anderson
When a group of angry, laser-beaming whales who march upon stilts are set loose on the world by a vengeful madman, only Jasper Dash and Katie Mulligan have the experience and courage to put an end to the evil creatures who are certain to bring destruction and death wherever they roam. 

The Firefly Code
by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Mori and her friends live a normal life on Firefly Lane in Old Harmonie, a utopian community where every kid knows he or she is genetically engineered to be better and smarter, but when a strangely perfect new girl named Ilana moves in, the friends begin to question the only world they have ever known. 

by Frank Boyce
Frequently mistaken for an adult because of his mature appearance, 12-year-old Liam tires of the few benefits he's been able to take advantage of as a result and cons his way onto a spaceship for civilians by pretending to be an adult chaperone, a situation that lands him between worlds far from home. 

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Separated from his grandfather and placed in a foster home, Prez forges a friendship with an alien who appears as a dog to everyone else and entreats Prez to help compile a list of Earth's redeeming qualities. 

Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom
by Tim Byrd
Trained by their talented father, Doc Wilde, to survive in the wild, Brian and Wren are prepared for anything that comes their way--including fighting mutant frogs from another dimension that have arrived on the planet with evil intentions and bad attitudes. 

What We Found in the Sofa (And How It Saved the World)
by Henry Clark
Discovering a rare crayon between the cushions of a mysterious sofa found at their bus stop, River, Freak and Fiona unwittingly embark on a quest to save the world from an alien invasion unleashed by a criminal mastermind.  

W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin
by Chris Colfer
A first entry in a new series that puts a high-tech spin on classic themes from Oliver Twist follows the misadventures of Victorian orphan Riley, who becomes a reluctant assistant to a murderous illusionist and is transported to modern-day London, where he is aided by a teen FBI agent. 

My Teacher Fried My Brains
by Bruce Coville
Duncan Dougall discovers that his teacher, Miss Karpou, is an alien, but not before she chooses him to participate in an experiment in which he dons a helmet that fries his brains but makes him smarter. 

City of Ember
by Jeanne Duprau
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina finds part of an ancient message that she is sure holds a secret to save her underground city from ruin, but Lina and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever. 

Escape the Vortex
by Jeanne Duprau
The Alpha and Omega teams are in a race for the six essential elements that can fuse into a new source of clean energy, but the elements are scattered throughout the galaxy, and the teams are running out of time.

Last Day on Mars
by Kevin Emerson
While waiting to leave Mars before it burns up just like the Earth before it, Liam and his friend Phoebe discover some facts about time and space and realize that the human race is just one of the races trying to survive in space. 

by Adam Epstein
Beginning his long-anticipated education at a top-secret training center for Starbounder protectors, Zachary Night is placed in the line of fire by a mission gone wrong and is challenged to return to Earth on his own with a warning about a plot against the Indigo 8 training facility. 

The League of Seven
by Alan Gratz
When an alternate 1875 steam-driven America rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn monsters, and the secret society to protect humanity from the Mangleborn is compromised, twelve-year-old Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world. 

Space Case
by Stuart Gibbs
Living on a moon base along with his famous fellow lunarnauts, 12-year-old Dashiell Gibson investigates the suspicious death of a top scientist who was on the verge of an important new discovery. 

The Call
by Michael Grant
A seemingly average twelve-year-old learns that he is destined to gather a team of similarly gifted children to try to save the world from a nameless evil, which is threatening to reappear after having been imprisoned for three thousand years. 

Among the Hidden
by Margaret Petersen Haddix
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. 

Under Their Skin
by Margaret Petersen Haddix
Twelve-year-old twins Nick and Eryn investigate why their mother and new stepfather are keeping secrets, why they are forbidden to meet their stepsiblings, and most important, why their lives are in danger. 

by Mark Haddon
Overhearing two of their teachers speaking a secret language, Jimbo and Charlie are amazed when Mr. Kidd's eyes flicker a fluorescent blue when Charlie questions him, making the boys wonder if their teachers are bank robbers, spies or aliens. 

The Switch
by Anthony Horowitz
When wealthy, spoiled Tad Spencer wishes he were someone else, he awakens as Bob Snarby, the impoverished son of carnival workers, and as he is drawn into a life of crime he begins to discover truths about himself and his family. 

Against the Odds
by Amy Ignatow
As their powers evolve in possibly dangerous ways, the Odds learn of a nefarious experiment in which they are unwitting test subjects and, even more incredible, become friends. 

Island of the Sun
by Matthew J. Kirby
Desperately searching for the other Concentrators that are fatally disrupting Earth's orbit, Eleanor and her companions are labeled as terrorists by G.E.T. forces that would eliminate all but a few select people. 

Criminal Destiny
by Gordon Korman
A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment, and they must find a way to prove it to the rest of the world

Dark Side of the Moon
by Jeramey Kraatz
Spreading the word of the dangers still threatening Earth, Benny Love and his Moon Platoon friends track down Elijah West's long-missing research partner and wonder if he is trustworthy enough to be part of the team protecting the planet from a next wave of alien invaders.  

Time Quintet: A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle
An unearthly midnight visitor takes Meg, Calvin, and Charles across the barriers of space and time to another world.
See also:
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Many Waters
An Acceptable Time 

 Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises
by Peter Lerangis
Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis' power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities. 

by David Liss
Randomly selected to represent humanity for a year on a massive intergalactic space station, Zeke Reynolds, a science-fiction superfan, is wrongly labeled a war criminal before teaming up with fellow randoms to save Earth from dangerous enemies.  

by David Liss
After many ups and downs, Zeke and his friends work together in a final effort to stop the evil Phands from taking over the galaxy. 

Gathering Blue
by Lois Lowry
In a future world reminiscent of that in The Giver, disadvantaged orphan Kira utilizes a seemingly magical talent to keep herself alive in a savage society that shuns and discards the weak, while she struggles to find truth.  

Hyde and Shriek: A Monsterrific Tale
by David Lubar
Science teacher Ms. Clevis, one of the most popular teachers at Washington Irving Elementary School, splits into mean substitute Ms. Hyde and sweet sixth-grader Jackie after accidentally putting some chemicals into her breakfast smoothie. 

The Seventh Element
by Wendy Mass
The Voyagers have made it to the last planet but must acquire a seventh element, combat dragons and an alien clone, and face serious illness before returning to Earth. 

Margo and Mateo Save the World
by Darcy Miller
Waking up to find their town invaded by slug-like aliens, sixth graders Margot and Mateo team up with a visiting scientist to save the day.

Herbert’s Wormhole
by Peter Nelson
When almost-sixth-grader Alex, a video game fanatic, is forced on a "playdate" with his neighbor Herbert, an inventor, the two travel to the twenty-second century and face off against aliens, who are not as beneficent as most people think.

Aliens for Dinner?!
by A. I. Newton
Harris and Roxy visit Zeke's house after school, then Harris's parents invite Zeke's family to dinner, but trying to convince anyone that they are aliens only gets Harris grounded. 

Midnight for Charlie Bone:  Children of the Red King #1
by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking and his aunts decide he must change schools and attend the Bloor's Academy for gifted children.
See also:
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister #2
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy #3
Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors #4
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King #5
Charlie Bone and the Beast #6
Charlie Bone and the Shadow #7
Charlie Bone and the Red Knight #8 

Pegasus: The New Olympians
by Kate O’Hearn
Learning that a new equine contender has been winning races with the fastest times ever recorded, Emily and her companions return to Earth to investigate and uncover a CRU plot to clone Olympians and Nirads. 

Time Hackers
by Gary Paulsen
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.

The Relic War
by Stel Pavlou
While working in a mine on another planet, Daniel Coldstar finds a powerful relic that may help him escape from the masters who have stolen his memories. 

Lost in Cyberspace
by Richard Peck
Josh Lewis, a sixth-grader at the Huckley School for Boys, embarks on a big adventure after his best friend, Aaron, mysteriously vanishes into cyberspace. 

Above World
by Jenn Reese
Living in an ocean colony that has hidden itself from the Above World for centuries, 13-year-old warrior Aluna and her intelligent friend, Hoku, travel to dry and dangerous land when their community's underwater breathing technology fails.
See also:
Mirage #2
Horizon #3 

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
by Brandon Sanderson
On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, and Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather and his own special talent, and told that he must use it to save civilization. 

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
by Jon Scieszka
Child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings Klink and Klank to life, they work to help Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his nemesis steals the robots for his doomsday plan. 

Frank Einstein and the Space Time Zipper
by Jon Scieszka
Frank Einstein (kid-genius, scientist, and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with Klink (a self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity) and Klank (a mostly self-assembled and artificial almost intelligence entity), once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival, this time studying the science and mysteries of the universe! 

The Wells Bequest
by Polly Shulman
When a miniature time machine manned by tiny versions of himself and a beautiful girl appears in his bedroom, Leo travels to a fantastical library filled with magical objects from classic science fiction novels before a power-hungry adversary compels a time journey to 1895 to prevent a disaster. 

Boy X
by Dan Smith
When twelve-year-old Ash McCarthy wakes up after his father's funeral, he finds that he has been kidnapped to an island off the coast of Costa Rica, caught in the middle of a secret and deadly project named Kronos in which his mother is somehow involved, and he must find a way to save them both--and the only person he is sure he can trust is a Spanish girl his own age named Isabel. 

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe (and Put it Back Together Again)
by David Teague
Oscar Indigo has never been good at baseball, so naturally he's nervous when he has to fill in for his team's injured All-Star, Lourdes. Luckily, Oscar has a mysterious gold watch that can stop time, which he uses to fake a game-winning home run. Now Oscar's the underdog hero of his town and even Lourdes wants to be his friend. But the universe is a precarious place, and you can't just steal time without any consequences. 

Escape from the Pipe Men!
by Mary G. Thompson
Having endured life as a human exhibit in an intergalactic zoo, 13-year-old Ryan and his 7-year-old sister, Becky, embark on a search for an antidote when their father is poisoned, a quest marked by their encounters with various alien races, unsettling revelations about their Pipe Men overlords and a multi-race rebellion. 

The Golden Hour
by Maiya Williams
Thirteen-year-old Rowan and his eleven-year-old sister Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother the year before, experience an unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast. Rowan and Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother the year before, experience an unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast.