New Science Fiction

Tom Angleberger, Paul Dellinger

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Every school has a principal.  Sometimes principals are men.  Sometimes they are women.  Mr. Dorgas, the principal at Vanguard One Middle School is a man. Vice Principal Barbara is a woman…well, not exactly.  She is actually a computer.   Her job is to enforce rules.  Her sensors are everywhere: in the hallway, in the classroom, in the lunchroom... She issues disciplines tags EVERYWHERE. Maxine is a good kid, but no matter how much she tries to obey the rules, she can never get through a day without getting discipline tags from Vice Principal Barbara.  Every discipline tag and citizenship demerit Vice Principal Barbara gives to Max is IMMEDIATELY sent to her mom’s cell phone. One day, a new student comes. His name is Fuzzy. He’s a robot.  Max LOVES robots!  Maybe school is about to get a whole lot better.

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Other books by Tom Angleberger

If you like reading stories about robots try:

House of Robots by James Patterson

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown an

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka



Cakes in Space
Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre

Reading Level: Grades 2-5

Astra and her family are migrating to Nova Mundi.  The trip will take 199 years.  But Astra won't see any scenery because all the humans will be put in a deep, deep frozen sleep until the ship reaches their new home.  Everything WOULD have gone as planned if Astra hadn't slipped off to the dining hall and asked the Num-O-Tron to make a cake that "is so delicious it is scary."  Astra doesn't get her cake because the Num-O-Tron is still computing when she is put in her pod.  When she wakes up she discovers the ship is infested with giant, ferocious cupcakes.  Worse Pibeam, a friendly robot, tells her there are still ninety-nine years left before anyone else wakes up.  Can Astra evade the sharp toothed cupcakes long enough to save the ship??

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If you liked this wacky science fiction tale try:

Can of Worms by Kathy Mackel

Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass

Space Rocks! by Tom O'Donnell and

Escape from Planet Yastol by Pamela Service

Deadly Design
Debra Dockter

Reading Level: Grades 8+

Connor was two years old when the embryo for his identical twin was thawed and implanted.  Kyle resents being Connor’s younger brother instead of his contemporary.  He can never measure up to Connor’s perfectness.  Their parents…everyone in town knows Connor is destined for greatness.  The whole community mourns when Connor’s heart stops beating one week before his high school graduation.

Grief-stricken and guilty, Kyle searches for a reason for his brother’s death.  Instead he finds other inexplicable deaths involving 18-year-olds conceived in vitro at the Genesis Innovations Laboratory.  Kyle has two years before his 18th birthday.  The day his heart will stop.

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If you liked this book, you may enjoy:

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Subject Seven by James Moore and

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes