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Memories and Time Loops

Posted by Sherry on 12/8/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General, Science Fiction |

The Memory Thief by Bryce Moore. Benji and Kelly are fraternal twins whose parents are always arguing and on the edge of divorce. When Benji meets an old man who tells him that it is possible, although perhaps not wise, to steal people’s memories, and even give them to other people, Benji is determined to […]

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Red Moon Rising by K.A. Holt

Posted by Sherry on 12/6/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

There was a brief time when I was young that I went through a reading binge of Indian captive narratives. These stories, both fictional and nonfiction, were quite popular back in the day. Nonfiction narrative memoirs of people, usually girls, who were captured by Indians and later escaped or were rescued, were popular in the […]

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Edge of Extinction: The Ark Plan by Laura Martin

Posted by Sherry on 11/28/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Science Fiction |

One hundred and fifty years ago the first dinosaurs were cloned. Who knew that a pandemic disease came into our world with the dinosaurs, bringing the human race to edge of extinction. Now dinosaurs rule the world once again, and humans can only live underground in bunkers with strict laws to force them to work […]

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Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger

Posted by Sherry on 10/20/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General, Science Fiction |

Vanguard One Middle School has a new student: Fuzzy, a state-of-the-art, highly intelligent robot with speech recognition language processing, facial recognition software, and fuzzy logic. Fuzzy is nearly human, but not quite. And Vanguard One Middle School is nearly under the complete control of other, more specifically tasked robots, in particular Vice-Principal Barbara who practically […]

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber

Posted by Sherry on 6/17/2016 in Adult Fiction, General, Science Fiction |

I am reading this book because Modern Mrs. Darcy recommended it to someone on her podcast. The premise is interesting: Peter is going to the planet Oasis as a missionary to the people who inhabit the planet. He is sent by a corporation called USIC to take the gospel to the Oasans. I’m about halfway […]

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Short Takes on Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

Posted by Sherry on 1/10/2015 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General, Science Fiction |

The Winter of the Robots by Kurtis Scaletta Mr. Scaletta’s previous books, Mudville and Mamba Point, were both good solid middle grade reads, and The Winter of the Robots continues on in that groove. If your child is into robots or robot wars or science-y adventure tales, then The Winter of the Robots is a […]

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Middle Grade Speculative Fiction: What’s In, What’s Out

What’s IN North, Norse mythology, Northerness “I was uplifted into huge regions of northern sky. I desired with almost sickening intensity something never to be described, except that it is cold, spacious, severe, pale and remote.” ~C.S. Lewis Thrones and Bones: Frostborn by Lou Anders. Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen. Odin’s […]

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12 Favorite Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Books of 2014

Posted by Sherry on 12/29/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General, Science Fiction |

This list is both difficult and easy. I read over 100 Middle Grade speculative fiction novels because of my role as a Cybils judge, so I have quite a few books to choose from. However choosing only the twelve best isn’t easy. These are my personal favorites and do not necessarily reflect the views of […]

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Ambassador by William Alexander

Posted by Sherry on 12/22/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, General, Science Fiction |

“Gabe has some alien problems.” National Book Award-winning author William Alexander is writing in a completely different genre from his fantasy novel and award winner, Goblin Secrets, a book I didn’t care for all that much. Ambassador is science fiction, close encounters of the third kind, and I did enjoy it. Gabriel Sandro Fuentes is […]

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The Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra by Jason Fry

Posted by Sherry on 11/6/2014 in 2014, Adventure thriller, Children's Fiction, General, Science Fiction |

Good old-fashioned Robert Heinlein-style juvenile science fiction. The story takes place in our own solar system. The characters are all human (well, except for Grandpa who’s mostly cyborg by now). The unfamiliar words are mostly space travel jargon (fireship, grav-sled, transponder) and pirate talk (belay, burgoo, avast, barky). There’s politics and adventure and espionage, and […]

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