Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce tells the story of a young boy named Prez who is staying with a foster family for the summer. While staying with the family, a visitor comes knocking on the door. Prez sees the visitor as one thing, while many others see something else. The visitor, named Sputnik, works with Prez to, hopefully, write a guide to life on earth and save it from destruction. If you like science fiction novels, this book is a must read!
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J COTTRELL BOYCE.
Since the movie is being released on March 9th, I thought that it would only be fair to recommend A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle for this Throwback Thursday!
Meg and Charles Wallace set out with their friend Calvin in a search for their father. His top secret job as a physicist for the government has taken him away and the children search through time and space to find him.
First published in 1962, this book is an excellent example of classic science fiction. A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1963, and has gone on to inspire multiple movies. You can check out the book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J LENGLE, and you can check out the trailer for the new movie below.
Today I recommend: Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869 by Alex Alice.
In search of the mysterious element known as aether, Claire Dulac flew her hot air balloon toward the edge of our stratosphere―and never returned. One year after his mother’s disappearance, Seraphin and his father are delivered a tantalizing clue: a letter from an unknown sender who claims to have Claire’s lost logbook. The letter summons them to a Bavarian castle, where an ambitious young king dreams of flying the skies in a ship powered by aether. But within the castle walls, danger lurks―there are those who would stop at nothing to conquer the stars.
Science fiction and steampunk fans rejoice! This graphic novel has gorgeous and super detailed illustrations of aetherships and other technological marvels. Seraphin quickly recruits some friends to form the Knights of the Aether to protect King Ludwig while also searching for a way to make it to the stars! There is lots of banter, and a quick pace to the adventures but it does end on quite a cliff-hanger. This is perfect for anyone who likes science fiction, Jules Verne, or adventure stories who don’t mind the quirky steampunk setting!
You can find this graphic novel in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC ALEX.
Professor Aronnax and his two companions, trapped aboard a fantastic submarine as prisoners of the deranged Captain Nemo, come face to face with exotic ocean creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above.
This classic book by Jules Verne was published in 1869, and like many of our Throwback Thursday classics it has been adapted into a movie. This book can get a little wordy but for anyone who enjoys serious science-fiction this classic is not to be missed!
You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J VERNE.
Science-loving Delia Bean is expecting to have a pretty boring summer vacation looking after her little brother. But when her Uncle Lyndon offers her an internship in his Earth Time Museum, everything begins to look a lot better!
I’ll admit that I love just about anything that has to do with time travel and to have that combined with a museum that covers the entire history of Earth really caught my attention. This is a fast paced graphic novel – the action picks up quickly as Delia begins to time-travel with other prospective interns as they compete to be chosen for the coveted internship at the Earth Time Museum. The art work is really loose and fluid which just adds to the fast pace of the graphic novel. I also found myself quickly growing attached to the large cast of teens who were competing and cheering them on as they finally began to work together. I recommend this to anyone who likes graphic novels and science fiction – this was a fun read.
You can find The Time Museum in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC LOUX.
You might have heard about the new Jumanji movie, and if you have then you probably know that it is about four teens getting sucked into a video game where they can’t go home until they beat the game! We love the “trapped in a video game” trope and have rounded up some books to share:
Click Here to Start by Denis Markell: Juvenile Fiction J MARKELL – When Ted inherits his uncle’s apartment “and all the treasure within,” he realizes the apartment is set up like a real-life video game and must solve the puzzles with his friends to discover the treasure.
Insert Coin to Continue by John David Anderson: Juvenile Fiction J ANDERSON – Middle-schooler Bryan wakes up to find that his life has become a video game, with bullies to beat, races to run, puzzles to solve, and much more at stake.
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde: 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.
The movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, premieres today and once you see it you might find yourself wondering what else you might enjoy as much as Star Wars. Fear not, we have a list of Star Wars books, TV shows, and movies that you can find here at the library:
Star Wars, the Prequel Trilogy: a Graphic Novel – Relive the beginnings of the ultimate tale of good versus evil! Join Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, Yoda, Darth Maul, and the rest of the heroes and villains from the Star Wars universe in this graphic novel collection that retells the prequel trilogy. Juvenile Graphic Novels section J Graphic STAR.
Star Wars Rebels (TV Show) – Continue the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga. It is a dark time in the galaxy as the evil Galactic Empire rules with an iron fist. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruining the lives of its people. A ragtag band of rebels, Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper, have taken a brave stand against the ruthless oppression of the Empire in a fight to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Juvenile DVD section jDVD STAR.
Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by Adam Bray – This is crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims! From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, this guide will excite new and old fans alike of Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Star Wars movies I-VI. Juvenile Nonfiction section j791.437 BRAY.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side! by Tom Angleberger – Presents a retelling of the third Star Wars movie, featuring Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia as they battle the Empire. Juvenile Fiction section J STAR.
Is anyone else as excited as we are for the new movie based on the classic story, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle? This movie won’t be released in theaters until March 9th but we’re going to make good use of that time by checking out the classic book (Juvenile Fiction J LENGLE), the graphic novel (J Graphic LARSON), and maybe even the movie from 2004 (JDVD DIS).
Today I recommend: A Whisper of Horses by Zillah Bethell.
In a post-apocalyptic Great Britain, after her mother’s death Serendipity, about twelve, leaves Lahn Dan and teams up with an orphan, Tab, hoping to find horses surviving somewhere.
Although the start is rather slow, it is easy to become attached to determined Serendipity and her scrappy friend Tab as they journey to try and find horses. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian books. This is a nice option for the younger crowd who are not ready for YA dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games but who still enjoy the danger and adventure of those books. You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BETHELL.
Today we recommend: Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith.
Unhappy at being sent to stay with his grandmother at the inn she operates, The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, Scrub discovers that each room is actually a portal to space and the inn’s visitors are aliens who are vacationing on Earth.
At first middle-schooler Scrub is irritated that he has been sent to the gloomy state of Washington from his home in Florida to stay with his grandmother for the summer but he quickly figures out that everything is not as it seems at the quirky inn. Scrub is eventually enlisted to create disguises so the alien vacationers can pretend to be human and the real fun begins. This book is full of shenanigans and all sorts of tricky situations for Scrubb and the visiting aliens. If you’re looking for a humorous science fiction story this is the book for you! You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SMITH.
If you love Science Fiction, there are more science fiction books available at the library and you can look at our science fiction bibliography at http://www.bartlettlibrary.org/greatreadskids/ScienceFiction.shtml