Tween Trends: Sci-Fi

For themes of memory and time with strong female protagonists, try…

  • The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
  • Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson (Grades 7+)
  • Aetherbound by E.K. Johnston (Grades 8+, content warnings)

For action-packed adventures with climate change themes, try…

  • Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
  • Atlantis: The Accidental Invasion by Gregory Mone
  • Flood City by Daniel José Older

For space exploration with strong family/friendship themes, try…

  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Grades 7+)
  • Randoms by David Liss
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Grades 8+)

For heart-warming self-discovery themes, try these…

  • Weird Kid by Greg van Eekhout
  • Trouble in the Stars by Sarah Prineas

For dystopia that shows hope in the darkness, try…

  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (Grades 6+)
  • D-39: A Robodog’s Journey by Irene Latham
  • The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud