Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The well-known story of Alice in Wonderland takes on a whole new view when read in its original form. Join Alice as she falls through the Rabbit Hole, meets the Queen of Hearts, tries to decipher Humpty Dumpty's Jaberwocky, and has tea and crumpets with the Mad Hatter.

Alien Secrets by Annette Curtis Klause
Puck and Hush are both on board the starship, The Cat's Cradle, on the long journey to join their parents on another planet. When Hush discovers that the symbol of freedom that his people have entrusted to him has been stolen the two teens work to uncover the thief and to renew their parents' faith in them.

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
This novel length retelling of the classic fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast," is told from Beauty's point of view making it an awesome story of magic, love, and friendship.

The BFG by Roald Dahl
Just in time, the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) rescues Sophie and takes her to a very strange place indeed!

The Boggart by Susan Cooper
When the Volnik family brings home an ancient desk from Scotland, little to they suspect that it is inhabited by a "Boggart", a mischievous little spirit that likes to play tricks on those around him and those tricks are not always nice!

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
When a young boy and a great warrior go against the forces of evil, the once-peaceful kingdom of Prydain takes on a new atmosphere. This is Book One of the Alexander's Prydain Chronicles.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton
No matter what item you are missing, it is likely that it is now being used by the "borrowers", those little people that live in your house between the ceiling of one story and the floor of the next. Read all about them in this first book of the Borrowers series.

Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney
In this time-travel fantasy, Annie Lockwood leaves her present day boyfriend as she falls back in time 100 years and meets the "man of her dreams." With love in the present and love in the past she has trouble deciding which life to live.

Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
When a Connecticut cricket hops into a picnic basket he has no idea that he will end up in New York's Times Square where everything is strange and dangerous to his country ways.

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Will Stanton learns that he is the last of the Old Ones whose responsibility it is to find the six magician Signs that will allow the Old Ones to win over the evil forces of the Dark. The Dark is Rising is one book in this series of good vs. evil fantasy tales by Susan Cooper.

The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
This book could be similar to other Holocaust books but there is a huge difference - Hannah has time-traveled to 1940 Poland and has been sent to a death camp. She alone knows what the future holds for the people there. Can she save her new friends?

The Duplicate by William Sleator
David discovers that the strange camera he finds on the beach can create duplicate copies of living things but what happens when David decides to duplicate his own brain?

The Eye, The Ear and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Tendai and his younger brother and sister sneak out of the house in 2194 for adventures forbidden to them. When their parents discover that they are missing, they call the most natural detectives in the land -- The Eye, The Ear, and The Arm -- to locate their children who have been kidnapped and returned many times.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
In this fantasy everything appears so perfect in Jonas's world. There is no disease, no poverty, no crime, no pollution. Everyone is the same as everyone else and all have the same hopes and dreams. Jonas is chosen to be the community's "Receiver of Memories" and as such must learn of and face the parts of his society which are deeply hidden and not so pretty see.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Young, orphan Lyra Belacqua lives with her benefactors at Oxford University where she is exposed to the very latest scientific ideas and experiments. When she takes off on her own, with her personal daemon, in search of the magic dust, she both finds and looses more than she ever thought possible. Pullman's The Subtle Knife is the sequel to this title.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. Rawlings
Poor, orphaned Harry Potter is obviously not wanted by his aunt and uncle who are charged with the responsibility of raising him. Harry finds his escape from that misery on his 11th birthday when he is ordered, by his birth rite, to attend Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he begins to learn about good and evil.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Just seconds before the Earth is to be destroyed to make way for a new intergalactic freeway, Ford Prefect whisks his pal Arthur Dent out of harm's way and together they set out to write the "travel guide" for galaxy travelers.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins was the usual sort of Hobbit - quite short in statue, somewhat robust, and most content when sitting next to his cozy fire waiting for the next meal in his home down his "Hobbit hole." He was the most unlikely character to leave the warmth of his hearth and go off on a wild and dangerous chase in search of a burglar but that's just what he does in this, the first book of the Tolkien trilogy.

House of Stairs by William Sleator
Unknowingly, five teens have been "kidnapped" to be the subjects of a harsh psychology experiment. There is no place to go except up and down endless stairs that all lead to nowhere; there is no one to talk to except each other; and there is no food except what comes from the machine that only produces food if they dance for it. When they find that they must cooperate with each other in order to merely survive, they may have already been enemies for far too long.

Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt
In this fantasy novel, an innkeeper's daughter takes on the persona of a legendary outlaw, Jackaroo, including his sword and cape, in order to set thing right for the People on whom hard times have fallen.

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
Jeremy Thatcher eagerly entered the magic shop, which he had never seen before on a street that hadn't been there on his way to school, and bought the most magnificent egg. But how do you tell your parents that you have hatched a dragon and more important what in the world do you do with a dragon once hatched?

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
It was the perfect plan to use DNA from old dinosaur eggs to clone new, live dinosaurs for a family theme park but then things went dreadfully wrong. How do you control massive animals like prehistoric dinosaurs?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This is Book Two in Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series about four children who enter the back of a wardrobe and land in magical Narnia where things are never as they seem. The first book in the series is The Magicians Nephew.

Lost in Cyberspace by Richard Peck
When Josh Lewis tells his best friend that he can time travel through his computer, his friend, Aaron, just nods for he's heard all of Josh's wild ideas before. However, when Josh does actually get sucked into his computer, taking Aaron with him, the two must deal with what they find.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien
You will be quite surprised when you read this animal fantasy and discover that all of those laboratory mice and rats have their own complete society among their cages within the great halls of science.

Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Justin
Ten-year-old Milo is so bored that he can find absolutely nothing better to do than to drive is old toy car through the toll booth that mysteriously appears in his room. Once on the other side of the tollbooth, Milo is certainly no longer bored as he's arrived is a very strange land where only very strange things happen!

Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
In this animal fantasy, the community of rabbits are very concerned when it becomes obvious that new people are moving into the Big House.

Redwall by Brian Jacques
All seems quiet and peaceful at the Redwall Abbey but looks can be deceiving as Cluny-the-Scourge, the malicious one-eyed rat, is preparing a bloody war to determine master of Redwall. This lengthy animal fantasy is only one volume in the series by the same name.

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
A cast of unforgettable characters including humans, mermaids, ogres, and other wonderful beings, lament the disappearance of their prince and set off to return him to his homeland. A magic door opens only every nine years behind railway platform 13 and it is through this door that the rescuers must go from their fantasy world into the real world and back again before it's too late.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Gen bragged so loudly and so often about his skill as a thief that he landed himself in the King's Prison until he was released by Magus, the King's Scholar. The condition of his release was that he assist Magus is stealing the ancient legendary Hamiathes's Gift Stone which is hidden in a maze under the river. Can he steal this ultimate prize and remain alive?

Thwonk! by Joan Bauer
"Be careful what you wish for" is a phrase that A.J. McCreary should have listened to after finding the magic cupid doll that would grant her wishes. A.J. thought her problems were finally coming to an end when she wished that the cutest boy around, Peter Terris, would fall in love with her. Ha! Little did she know what she was in for in this humorous novel of love, friendship, and wishes.

Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar
This Wayside School book, along with the others in the series, takes the reader to the zaniest school ever with very unusual classrooms, teachers, homework assignments, and, yes, zany students as well!

White Mountains by John Christopher
Three young boys make a dangerous trek into the wilderness in an attempt to escape from the Tripods, aliens who kidnap earth people and transform them into obedient servants. This is the first of Christopher's The Tripod Series.

The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
Revisit Dorothy and share her adventures and misadventures in the magical land of Oz with the Cowardly Lion, the Tin man, and the Scarecrow.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Young Meg Murry takes off on a cosmic journey with her brother, her neighbor, and three very strange women - Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which - in search of her lost father who set off to study time travel. Sequels to this book include A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters.

Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien
Left alone for the afternoon while her parents left the canyon to do some shopping, a 16-year-old girl may be the only survivor of a nuclear holocaust. Or is she..... This is one suspenseful book!

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