Science Fiction and Fantasy: Books for Teens


Abbott, Edwin. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. 1880.
Written over a hundred years ago, this mathematical science fiction adventure is set in a world on one plane, populated by a society of geometrical figures who think, speak and have human emotions.
Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. 1980.
Seconds before the Earth is demolished, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet and his comic adventures through the galaxy begin.
Asimov, Isaac. Fantastic Voyage. 1966.
Four men and a woman are reduced to a microscopic fraction of their original size, sent in a miniaturized atomic sub through a dying man's carotid artery to destroy a blood clot in his brain. If they fail, the entire world will be doomed.
Black, Holly. Tithe. 2002.
Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical fairie creature with a special destiny.
Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine. 1975.
The summer of 1928 is magical and timeless for 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding.
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. 1967.
Futuristic fantasy which offers a chilling study of a world in which books are forbidden and firemen burn books.
Bradbury, Ray. Something Wicked This Way Comes. 1962.
Two boys encounter the sinister wonders of Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show and discover the show's awful mystery which changes the lives of everyone it touches.
Bray, Libba. A Great and Terrible Beauty. 2003.
In 1895, teenager Gemma Doyle returns to England after the mysterious death of her mother to attend a boarding school where she becomes aware of her magical ability to see into the spirit world.
Brin, David. The Postman. 1985.
In the aftermath of a devastating war, a survivor trades tales for food and shelter.
Card, Orson. Ender's Game. 1985.
Ender Wiggin, a boy genetically engineered to be a superior military mind, is bred to win Earth's long war with an alien insectoid race by completely destroying its homeworld.
Cashore, Kristin. Graceling. 2008.
In a world where some people are born with a “Grace”—a unique ability—Katsa’s Grace is for killing. She teams up with another young fighter to save their land from her corrupt uncle the King.
Clement-Davies, David. Fire Bringer. 1999.
A pack of deer face the realization of an ancient prophecy and a struggle between good and evil.
Collins, Suzanne. Hunger Games. 2008.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss finds her skills put to the test and her life on the line when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a-fight-to-the-death survival contest on live TV.
Dickinson, Peter. Eva. 1988.
After a terrible accident, a young girl wakes up to discover that she has been given the body of a chimpanzee.
Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. 2008.
After a San Francisco terrorist attack, tech-savvy teen Marcus and other innocent people are interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security. After his release, Marcus uses his computer skills to restore civil liberties and set things right.
Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. 2008.
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other dwellers of the graveyard after his family is murdered.
Jacques, Brian. Redwall. 1987.
This is a tale of fantasy, adventure and romance, in which the heroes are gentle mice and the villains are battle-seasoned mice.
Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl's Moving Castle. 1986.
Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard, Howl.
Kindl, Patricia. Owl in Love. 1993.
A 14-year-old girl who can transform into an owl enters into into new and interesting relationships with both humans and owls as a result of the crush she has on her science teacher.
Klaus, Annette Curtis. Blood and Chocolate. 1997.
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.
L'Engle, Madeleine. A Swiftly Tilting Planet. 1978.
A Thanksgiving Day call from the White House warns Meg of an impending nuclear disaster, and Meg and her family have twenty-four hours to save the world from tragedy.
L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wind in the Door. 1973.
Through a day and night of terror, the forces of good and evil fight for the life of a boy and the ultimate salvation of mankind.
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. 1997.
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
Lowry, Lois. The Giver. 1993.
There is no hunger, disease, poverty, or fear in this story's utopian society, but life is not as perfect as it seems.
Mahy, Margaret. The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance. 1984.
When 3-year-old Jacko is stricken with a baffling illness, his teenage sister Laura is the only one to recognize that demonic possession is the true cause of his malady.
McKinley, Robin. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of the Beauty and the Beast. 1978.
Beauty grows to love the Beast and through her love he is released from the spell which changed him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.
McKinley, Robin. Rose Daughter. 1997.
By the author of Beauty, an even richer, more mystical and darker retelling of the story of the kind Beauty who stays in the Beast's castle to save her father.
Napoli, Donna Jo. The Magic Circle. 1993.
After learning sorcery to become a healer, a good-hearted woman is turned into a witch by evil spirits and she fights their power until her encounter with Hansel and Gretel years later.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Sirena. 1998.
Half-human Sirena wants no part of the fate that says she must lure Greek sailors onto the rocks in the time of the Trojan War.
Nix, Garth. Lirael. 2001.
When a dangerous necromancer threatens to unleash a long-buried evil, Lirael and Prince Sameth are drawn into a battle to save the Old Kingdom and reveal their true destinies.
Pratchett, Terry. The Wee Free Men. 2003.
A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with a rowdy clan of six-inch-high blue men, to ward off a sinister invasion from the Queen of Fairyland and rescue her kidnapped baby brother.
Pullman, Phillip. The Subtle Knife. 1997.
Young Will, who becomes a warrior and the bearer of the subtle knife, joins forces with Lyra and her daemon. Sequel to The Golden Compass.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Cat's Cradle. 1963.
Scientists, G-men, and even ordinary folks chase each other around in search of the world's most important and dangerous substance, a new form of ice that freezes at room temperature.
Westerfeld, Scott. The Secret Hour. 2004.
Fifteen-year-old Jess learns that she is a Midnighter, one of a group of people who fight dark, ancient creatures that lurk in the shadows.