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New Science Fiction
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
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??
Other books by Philip Reeve
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
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.
More books by Debra Dockter
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
Reading Level: Grades 4 - 7
You don't have to be a gamer to love this book. It's an action-packed, hilarious adventure of video games and spies. Pete Wilson is short $20 to buy the newest, most awesome video game, Brawl-A-Thon 3000XL. Since he need money he decides, without permission, to hold a garage sale and sell his father's ancient 8-bit game console CommandRoid 85 to The Bug Man. Mistake!!! His father is kidnapped and the President of the U.S. starts talking nonsense. It's up to Pete and friends to save the day. (game on) Cartoons and heavily pixilated images by Andy Rash make a winning combination.
Meet illustrator Andy Rash at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.
Reading Level: Grades 8 - Adult
In the not-so-distant future almost everyone is always connected online, and every phone, tablet, app, search engine and social network is made by Gnosis. Rory, like everyone else, allows her Lux app to decide everything, from what she should wear and eat to where she should go and when she should leave and then she posts her every move to Forum, after all, only those pitiful people with untreated APD listen to that tiny opinionated voice in their head (dubbed The Doubt by the drug companies). When she is accepted to a very exclusive college prep school, which guarantees she will get into the best college and find a high powered job, she is thrilled because the school is packed with all the latest Gnosis technology. But the more she learns about her family's past, Gnosis, and The Doubt the more she begins to wonder if Lux is really designed to help her lead the happiest life she can have or if The Doubt may be trying to tell people something important.