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Top 10 Best Science Fiction Books for 11-year-olds

If you're a huge fan of science fiction and want to encourage your kids to get reading some exciting sci-fi titles too, we have a range of fantastic science fiction books for 11-year-olds to get you started. These sensational sci-fi books are filled with mystery, shadowy characters, dystopian worlds, alien races, strange technology and so much more.

1. Divergent

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Veronica Roth

The world has changed. The citizens of Chicago are forced to live in a divided society of five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amith (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). At 16, children are sorted into these factions via an aptitude test. Shocked by the brutality of her own faction, young Tris quickly comes to realise she can trust no-one, but also finds herself drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her... This exhilarating read is the first book in an electrifying trilogy.

2. Ultimate Star Wars

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The perfect gift for a Star Wars fan, this book covers the creatures, critters and characters who starred in the original six blockbusting films (as well as the Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels). Feel the Force as you learn all about Tatooine, the Death Star, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and the other inhabitants and settings of a galaxy far, far away. Relive the extraordinary events and epic battles of this legendary series.

3. A Wrinkle in Time 

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Madeleine L'Engle

This much-loved science fiction novel revolves around the endearing misfits Meg and her brother Charles. Meg, worried about her missing father and doing badly at school, struggles with everything that seems wrong with her life, when events start to take a mysterious turn. Together with Charles and her friend Calvin, she comes across a gap in time through which the children embark on a riveting and perilous adventure. This gripping tale will appeal to booklovers of all ages.

4. Destination Earth

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Ali Sparkes

Imagine you're the only survivor from another planet. You've spent ten long years on a spaceship, learning how to be human. Now, all you have to do is land safely, convince the earthlings that you're a real teenager, and start your new life on Earth. Piece of cake. Except that the killer alien responsible for wiping out your people has hitched a ride, and consequently, the human race is in terrible danger... This exciting book won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award.

5. Mind Games

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Teri Terry

In a future world, life is controlled by the all-powerful PareCo. Young misfit Luna must hide her secrets carefully. Unlike her friends and family, she has never been able to access Realtime, PareCo's virtual world, where almost everyone now lives their lives. So how do PareCo know about Luna, and why do they want her for their elite think tank? Discover a web of corruption and secrets as Luna tries to use her hidden powers to uncover the truth - before it's too late.

6. Cakes in Space

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Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre

This bizarre and brilliant book is packed with quirky characters and hilarious humour, guaranteed to delight kids! Astra's ship is in trouble. Something is lurking within the ship's canteen - something on the war path. On top of this is the problem of the pesky Poglites, a space salvage crew who have come to pillage the ship of its spoons. Only Astra and her reliable robot friend Pilbeam can stop the ship from being destroyed...

7. Pale

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Chris Wooding

The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from the Dead. There's just one problem: it turns you into a Pale. Jed can't imagine anything worse - but the choice is taken out of his hands... This dystopian sci-fi thriller will captivate kids from first page to last.

8. The Fearless

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Emma Pass

The Fearless: an army, powered by a strange new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster, but also devoid of all humanity, empathy and love. They sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path. Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother, but when Jory is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their lair, she must risk everything to get him back.

9. Legend

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Marie Lu

Day is a boy who walks in the light. June is a girl who seeks her brother's killer. On the run and undercover, they meet by change, irresistibly drawn together. Neither knows the other's past. But Day murdered June's brother - and she has sworn to avenge his death. Discover the consequences in this gripping dystopian thriller, the first in the Legend trilogy.

10. Mars Evacuees

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Sophia McDougall

This is the first exhilarating book in a major new series that follows a group of children after they've been evacuated to Mars due to an alien invasion. Written with warmth and wit, this funny story is gripping, fast-paced, and sure to have kids on the edge of their seats.