Out of this World (Older Children)

The Wild Robot


by Peter Brown


Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try and learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.
J FIC Brown

Lowriders in Space


by Cathy Camper


Lupe, Flapjack, Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage. 
J GN Lowrider

City of Ember


by Jean DuPrau


In the year 241, twelve year old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
J FIC DuPrau

One Trick Pony


by Nathan Hale


In a future where alien beings consume technology as a few humans try to preserve it, Strata, her brother, and a friend are separated from their caravan and, with a wonderful robotic horse, must fight their way back. 
J GN One

The Flinkwater Factor


by Pete Hautman


Thirteen year old Ginger investigates a series of weird events taking place in her hometown of Flinkwater, Iowa, beginning with people falling into comas while using their computers. 
J FIC Hautman

Mars Evacuees


by Sophia McDougall


Alice Dare is a twelve year old and she is evacuated to Mars to attend school and be trained as a soldier, but when all the adults disappear, Alice and her friends must survive on their own. 
J FIC McDougall

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH


by Robert C. O'Brien


When a little field mouse falls ill, his mother, Mrs. Frisby, seeks help from the other animals and discovers a secret laboratory. 
J FIC O'Brien

The Scavengers


by Michael Perry


With a neighbor's help, twelve year old Ford Falcon learns to survive in the harsh world outside the Bubble Cities by scavenging for items to use or trade - skills she needs when her parents unexpectedly go missing.
J FIC Perry

Fuzzy Mud


by Louis Sachar


Tamaya Dhilwaddi and Marshall Walsh walk to and from school together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chat Wilson starts a fight with Marshall. To avoid Chad, Marshall and Tamaya take a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. They are soon lost, and they find trouble. More trouble than anyone could imagine. 
J FIC Sachar

Frank Einstein (Series)


by Jon Scieszka


Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with intelligent robots Klink and Klank often find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and arch rival, in this fun chapter book series. 
J FIC Scieszka

Space Dumplins


by Craig Thompson


Violet Marlocke sets out with a group of misfit friends on an outer space mission to save her father who has gone missing during a hazardous job, leading them all into an adventure filled with aliens and spaceships. 
J GN Space