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Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Suggestions for Middle Schoolers

These books are available at the Lynnfield Public Library and are great for middle schoolers looking for science fiction or fantasy. Click the book cover or title to go directly to our catalog, where you can put the book on hold for pick up. Many of the books are also available as ebooks and audiobooks from Libby or hoopla. The books are ordered from newest to oldest, so new additions to this list will always be at the top! Email Lauren at lfox@noblenet.org for more recommendations or information about any of these books.

City of the Plague God

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda:

Thirteen-year-old Sik wants a simple life going to school and helping at his parents’ deli in the evenings. But all that is blown to smithereens when Nergal comes looking for him, thinking that Sik holds the secret to eternal life.Turns out Sik is immortal but doesn’t know it, and that’s about to get him and the entire city into deep, deep trouble. Sik’s not in this alone. He’s got Belet, the adopted daughter of Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, on his side, and a former hero named Gilgamesh, who has taken up gardening in Central Park. Now all they have to do is retrieve the Flower of Immortality to save Manhattan from being wiped out by disease. To succeed, they’ll have to conquer sly demons, treacherous gods, and their own darkest nightmares. 1/12/2021


The Way Back

The Way Back by Gavriel Savit:

For the Jews of Eastern Europe, demons are everywhere: dancing on the rooftops in the darkness of midnight, congregating in the trees, harrowing the dead, even reaching out to try and steal away the living. But the demons have a land of their own: a Far Country peopled with the souls of the transient dead, governed by demonic dukes, barons, and earls. When the Angel of Death comes strolling through the little shtetl of Tupik one night, two young people will be sent spinning off on a journey through the Far Country. There they will make pacts with ancient demons, declare war on Death himself, and maybe– just maybe–find a way to make it back alive. 11/17/2020




Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger:

Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day. Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect façade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family. 8/25/2020


CattywampusCattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo:

In the town of Howler’s Hollow, conjuring magic is strictly off-limits, but nothing makes Delpha McGill’s skin crawl more than rules. So when she finds her family’s secret book of hexes, she’s itching to use it to banish her mama’s money troubles. Trouble is, Katybird Hearn is hankering to get her hands on the spell book, too. The daughter of a rival witching family, Katy has reasons of her own for wanting to learn forbidden magic, and she’s not going to let an age-old feud or Delpha’s contrary ways stop her. But their quarrel accidentally unleashes a hex so heinous it resurrects a graveyard full of angry Hearn and McGill ancestors bent on total destruction. If Delpha and Katy want to reverse the spell in time to save everyone in the Hollow from rampaging zombies, they’ll need to mend fences and work together. 8/4/2020


The Kinder PoisonThe Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae:

Zahru dreams of having an adventure. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry. Then, the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing, a death-defying race in which the first of his heirs to finish–and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end–will ascend to the throne.  Zahru sneaks into the palace for a taste of the revelry, which turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Now Zahru’s only hope for survival hinges on the impossible: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world. 6/16/2020


Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan:

Asha lives on a family farm with her mother in rural India in the foothills of the Himalayas. Life would be perfect if her father were with them instead of working in a faraway city, but they wouldn’t be able to afford their home without the money he sends. Then, a ruthless debt collector arrives with a warning. Determined to save her home, Asha and her best friend must swallow their fears and set out on a dangerous journey across the Himalayas to find her father. As desperation turns to peril, Asha will face law enforcement, natural disaster, and the wild dangers of the Himalayas. But with a majestic bird and a green-eyed tiger as her guides, who she believes to be the spirits of her ancestors, she’s determined to keep faith in order to save her family. 6/2/2020


Bloom (The Overthrow)Bloom by Kenneth Oppel:

The invasion begins–but not as you’d expect. It begins with rain. Rain that carries seeds. Seeds that sprout–overnight, everywhere. These new plants take over crop fields, twine up houses, and burrow below streets. They bloom–and release toxic pollen. They bloom–and form Venus flytrap-like pods that swallow animals and people. They bloom–everywhere, unstoppable. Or are they? Three kids on a remote island seem immune to the toxic plants. Anaya, Petra, Seth. They each have strange allergies–and yet not to these plants. What’s their secret? Can they somehow be the key to beating back this invasion? They’d better figure it out fast, because it’s starting to rain again…. 3/10/2020



The Kingdom of Back by [Marie Lu]

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu:

Nannerl Mozart has a gift for music, but, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age. As Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true–but his help may cost her everything. 3/3/2020



Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta s Academy)Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon:

When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Princess Jaya Rao’s little sister, Jaya wants revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart.

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. He’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck… 2/18/2020


The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar StreetThe Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver:

Cordelia Clay loves the work she and her father do together: saving and healing the remarkable creatures around Boston at the end of the nineteenth century. Their home on Cedar Street is full of dragons, squelches, and diggles. But their work must be kept secret—others aren’t welcoming to outsiders and immigrants, so what would the people of Boston do to the creatures they call “monsters”? One morning, Cordelia discovers that her father has disappeared—along with nearly all the monsters. With only a handful of clues and a cryptic note to guide her, Cordelia must set off to find out what happened to her father, with the help of her new friend Gregory, Iggy the farting filch, a baby dragon, and a small zuppy (zombie puppy, that is). 2/11/2020



Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong (1))Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia:

Seventh-grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong since he failed to save his best friend, Eddie. One night, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie’s journal. Tristan chases after it and a tug-of-war ensues. As they wrestle, Tristan punches a tree, ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with iron monsters. Tristan finds himself in a battle that has left black American gods John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. To get home, Tristan will need to entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes with a price. 10/15/2019



Fireborne (THE AURELIAN CYCLE)Fireborne by Rosaria Munda:

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders. Now they are both rising stars in the new regime. Seven years of training have made them friends and rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet. Then, survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city. With war on the horizon, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves – or step up to be the champion her city needs. 10/15/2019



The Light at the Bottom of the World (Light the Abyss (1))The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah:

In the last days of the twenty-first century, sea creatures swim through the ruins of London.  When sixteen-year-old submersible racer Leyla McQueen is chosen to participate in the prestigious annual marathon, she sees an opportunity to save her father, who has been arrested on false charges. The Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. But the race takes an unexpected turn, forcing Leyla to make an impossible choice. Now she must brave unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a guarded, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If Leyla fails to discover the truths at the heart of her world, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–or worse. And her father will be lost to her forever. 10/29/2019


The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the FutureThe End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth:

No world is like the other. Within this collection, each setting is more strange and wonderful than the last, brimming with new technologies and beings. And yet, for all the advances in these futuristic lands, the people still must confront deeply human problems. In these six stories, Veronica Roth reaches into the unknown and draws forth something startlingly familiar and profoundly beautiful. With tales of friendship and revenge, this collection has something for new and old fans alike. Each story begins with a hope for a better end, but always end with a better understanding of the beginning. 10/1/2019



PetPet by Akwaeke Emezi:

There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in her best friend’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth. How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? 9/10/2019 



Loki: Where Mischief LiesLoki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee:

Young Loki is desperate to prove himself, while everyone around him suspects him of villainy and depravity – except for Amora. The sorceress feels like a kindred spirit. But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard’s most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth. When Asgardian magic is detected in relation to a string of murders on Earth, Odin sends Loki to investigate. As he descends upon 19th-century London, Loki embarks on a journey that leads him to more than just a murder suspect, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power-and who he’s meant to be. 9/3/2019



Titans (1)Titans by Kate O’Hearn:

Astraea is a Titan and a reluctant student at the brand-new school, Arcadia. One night, Astraea hears her parents discussing something terrifying: a human has been spotted on Titus. But that’s not possible. All routes to Earth have been closed; no one can travel between the two worlds…or can they? When Astraea gets detention she’s sent to the orchards, where she discovers a human boy named Jake. How he got to Titus is a mystery to him and to them. But what they uncover is a scheme to take down the rulers of this world and conquer it. Can they stop the invaders? Or is Titus, like Olympus before it, doomed? 7/9/2019



StepsisterStepsister by Jennifer Donnelly:

Isabelle should be happy: she’s about to win the prince. Except Isabelle is the ugly stepsister who’s cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s shoe … which is now filling with blood. When the prince discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is turned away. She is a plain and feisty girl in a world that values beauty. Isabelle has tried to be sweet and pretty. She has cut away pieces of herself in order to survive. And that has made her mean, jealous, and hollow. Until she gets a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl. 5/14/2019



SparkSpark by Sarah Beth Durst:

Storm beasts and their guardians create perfect weather every day, and Mina longs for a storm beast of her own. But when the gentle girl bonds with a lightning beast, a creature of fire and chaos, everyone’s certain it’s a mistake. Everyone but Mina and the beast himself, Pixit. Quickly enrolled in lightning school, Mina struggles to master a guardian’s skills, and she discovers that her country’s weather comes at a devastating cost—a cost powerful people wish to hide. Mina’s never been the type to speak out, but someone has to tell the truth, and, with Pixit’s help, she resolves to find a way to be heard. 5/14/2019



RiverlandRiverland by Fran Wilde:

When things go bad at home, sisters Eleanor and Mike hide in a secret place under Eleanor’s bed, telling monster stories. Often, it seems those stories and their mother’s house magic are all that keep them safe from both busybodies and their dad’s temper. But when their father breaks a family heirloom, a river suddenly appears beneath the bed, and Eleanor and Mike fall into a world where dreams are born, nightmares struggle to break into the real world, and secrets have big consequences. Now, they must make their own magic to protect each other and save the ones they love. 4/9/2019



Greystone Secrets #1: The StrangersThe Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix:

What makes you you? The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn is silly. But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children—who share the same first and middle names, ages, and exact birth dates as the Greystone kids—reach the Greystone family. This bizarre coincidence makes them wonder: Who exactly are these strangers? Their mom takes off on a mysterious work trip. But puzzling clues left behind lead to a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down. 4/2/2019



Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Sal and Gabi Novel, A Book 1)Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez:

Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days. Gabi, student council president, is there to prove that Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it. Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi. When Gabi learns that he can conjure other things, including his dead mother, and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk. 3/5/2019



Skyward by Brandon Sanderson:

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul. 11/6/2018



The Assassination of Brangwain SpurgeThe Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin:

Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwain’s host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. A series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them — and war for their nations. 10/17/2018



The Boneless MerciesBoneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke:

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life. When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere. 10/2/2018




The Turnaway GirlsThe Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins:

On the strange, stormy island of Blightsend, Delphernia Undersea has spent her whole life in the cloister of turnaway girls, hidden by a dome of stone and the laws of the island. Outside, the Masters play their music. Inside, the turnaway girls silently make that music into gold. But Delphernia would rather sing than stay silent. When Delphernia has a chance to go Outside, she is caught — between the island’s sinister Custodian and its mysterious Childer-Queen. Between a poem-speaking prince and a girl who feels like freedom. And freedom — to sing, to change, to live — is precisely what’s at stake. 9/18/2018



The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1)The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta:

On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader… until her parents vanish and a demon slams through her kitchen. Turns out Kiranmala is a princess and she comes from a secret place not of this world. To complicate matters, two princes arrive, insisting they’ve come to rescue her. Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and talking birds. There she must solve riddles and battle demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld and the Rakkhoshi Queen in order to find her parents and basically save the entire world. 2/27/2018



The ListThe List by Patricia Forde:

In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world. On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself. 8/1/2017



Last Day on Mars (Chronicle of the Dark Star)Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson:

It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has begun the process of going supernova. The human race fled to Mars, a temporary solution before a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star. Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the last starliner to depart before Mars is destroyed. Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a desperate struggle for survival. 2/14/2017