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20 Years Later

E. J. Newman (2011), 313 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Science Fiction
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This is the story of Zane, who lives in London twenty years after a mysterious virus has wiped out almost all of the population. Those who still live are people who were somehow immune to it. The city has descended to a pre-Industrial Revolution existence and is ruled by gangs, each of whom defends their territory to the death. Zane and his mother live in a house near the Bloomsbury gang territory. Since they do not belong to a gang, they also have dealings with the gang led by the Red Lady. As part of a deal, the Red Lady sends Luthor to train Zane to hunt. Luthor arrives, accompanied by his daughter, Erin. Zane meets Titus after Titus and his sister Lyssa are attacked by the Bloomsbury Boys and Lyssa mysteriously disappears. These three, Zane, Erin and Titus, become friends and realize they must do something to combat the Unders, who took Lyssa, and are performing painful operations on her and other children. To do anything, they must make the rival gangs work together to help. How can they succeed against such odds? This is the beginning of a planned trilogy.
Similar authors: Neil Gaiman
Similar books: White Mountains by John Christopher; Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 9/28/2012
ISBN-13: 9780984498123
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Alien Expedition

Pamela F. Service (2009), 160 pages
Illustrated by Mike Gorman
Audience: 2nd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction
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Zack Gaither, alien agent, has been adopted by human parents who do not know that he is an alien. In this third book in the Alien Agent series, Zack's family is going to Mongolia on an archeological dig but Zack will be keeping an eye on an expedition of Tirgizians, descendants of dinosaurs. It should be easy! However, the Tirgizians get kidnapped, including the parents of Zack's fellow agent, Vraj. How in the world will Zack and Vraj find them, much less free them? Follow Zack and Vraj as they use their special powers, two local children and some unlikely assistants in their quest for the Tirgizians.
Book Series: Alien Agent
Reviewed by: hap
Date read: 11/24/2010
ISBN-10: 0822588706
ISBN-13: 9780822588702
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Alienated

Andrew Auseon (2009), 344 pages
Illustrated by David O. Russell
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Science Fiction
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Gene and Vince are two boys of very opposite personalities, but are best friends. They publish a two-page newsletter featuring aliens. Most everyone believes the newsletter to be a work of fiction, but it really is the result of genuine reporting. Some of the aliens live in a forest by a trailer park in the desert. Even with hard to believe conversations, the story itself is fun. It's about kids and aliens. The well-developed aliens are weird, strange, and exciting. I think nine to twelve year olds will enjoy this story. The aliens are not nightmare-inducing and the kids are normal and brave.
Reviewed by: cjones
Date read: 12/8/2010
ISBN-10: 1416982981
ISBN-13: 9781416982982
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Aliens for Breakfast

Jonathan Etra (1988), 64 pages
Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Science Fiction
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Richard's new cereal, Alien Crisp, is staring up at him with tiny silver eyes. Then, it starts moving. When a pink creature crawls out of Richard's bowl and tells Richard he's here to save the planet from the Dranes, Richard joins his quest to overtake Dorf the Drane before Dorf starts multiplying. Can Richard save his planet with the help of a tiny pink alien?
Similar books: Aliens for Lunch by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/2/2010
ISBN-10: 0394820932
ISBN-13: 9780394820934
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Among The Hidden

Margaret Peterson Haddix (1998), 160 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Science Fiction
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Luke Garner doesn't exist, at least not officially. Families aren't legally allowed to have more than two children, but his parents have secretly disobeyed. So Luke hides, because if anyone knows he exists, he is in grave danger. He can't go to school, can't make any friends, and his grandparents don't even know he's alive. When the government builds new homes next to his parents' farm, Luke can no longer go outside, or even look out a window. The population police monitor everything. One day, peering through a hidden vent he discovers in his attic room, he sees a face in the window of a house nearby. The family living at the house has already left for the day. With this, Luke discovers there may be other children like him. When he decides to investigate, he discovers a whole world he never knew. Is he willing to risk everything to hold on to it?
Book Series: Shadow Children Books
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/31/2009
ISBN-10: 0689817002
ISBN-13: 9780689817007
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