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

Escape to another world with this list of the best science fiction books for 11-year-olds. These sensational sci-fi books are filled with mystery, shadowy characters, dystopian worlds, alien races, strange technology and so much more.

1. Divergent

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

DK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

  • AWI2 11 years +
    Madeleine L'Engle
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    With her book A Wrinkle in Time, gifted children's author Madeleine L'Engle has created an absorbing science fiction novel that revolves around the likeable, misfit characters of Meg and her brother, Charles.

    Criticised by her teachers for doing badly at school and worried about her missing father, Meg is struggling with how wrong her life is when events take a mysterious turn. Together with Charles and her friend Calvin, she stumbles upon a gap in time through which the children embark on an amazing and dangerous adventure.

    A gripping read for any young adult fiction fan aged 11+ who have ever felt like the odd one out!
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    Sophia McDougall
    9 years +
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    Always carry duct tape.

    That's the one piece of advice that anyone can take from Sophia McDougall's epic sci-fi adventure, Mars Evacuees.

    Told with warmth and wit, this is the first book in a major new series that follows a group of children after they've been evacuated to Mars due to an alien invasion.

    Sure to appeal to fans of Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl and Alex Rider, Sophia McDougall's Mars Evacuees is a funny, thrilling and fast-paced first sci-fi read for those aged 9 and over.
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    Philip Reeve
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    Bursting with ever-so quirky humour and eccentric characters that are sure to delight children aged 7 and above, Cakes in Space is a fun-packed new book from the brilliant Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.

    Astra's ship is in big trouble! Something is lurking within the ship's canteen; something on the war path. And with added trouble from the Poglites - a space salvage crew who have come to pillage the ship of its spoons - Astra and her trusty robot friend Pilbeam are the only ones standing in the way of the ship's destruction...

    Absolutely packed with wonderful illustrations courtesy of Sarah McIntyre and dynamically written by Roald Dahl Funny Prize-shortlisted author Philip Reeve, Cakes in Space is as peculiar as it is side-splittingly hilarious!
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    Emma Pass
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    The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect - anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare. 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 - and when Jory is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their hellish lair, Cass must risk everything to get him back.
  • ADLZP 11 years +
    Chris Wooding
    11 years +
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    The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from the dead. Only thing is, it turns you into a Pale. Jed can't imagine anything worse, but then the choice is taken out of his hands...Dystopian sci-fi by the Storm Thief author.
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    We don't have a bad feeling about this... We're sure this book will be top of every film fan's reading list as they enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens time and time again.

    Covering the creatures, critters and characters who have starred in the original six films (and the spin-offs the Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels), you'll be feeling the Force as you learn all about Tattooine, the Death Star, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Darth Maul and the other inhabitants and settings of a galaxy far, far away.

    Presented in chronological order so you're able to relive all your favourite moments and the key battles from the saga in detail, this is a real visual feast for Star Wars fans of all ages.
  • AMPUC 12 years +
    Teri Terry
    12 years +
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    Fans of the award-winning SLATED trilogy won't want to miss this gripping new psychological thriller from Teri Terry! In a future world, life is tightly controlled by the all-powerful PareCo. Standing out from the crowd is dangerous so misfit Luna hides her secrets carefully, not realising her own power. Unlike her friends and family, Luna has never been able to plug into 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? The truth is hidden in a web of shining silver secrets, and the corrupt authorities would do anything to keep it that way. Can Luna find a way to use her own hidden powers and bring the truth to light before it's too late?
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    Veronica Roth
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    The world has changed and the future citizens of Chicago are forced to live in a society that has divided itself into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amith (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent).

    When children turn 16, they are given an aptitude test which will decide which faction they should belong to. As Tris approaches this landmark occasion, she is forced to make a terrible decision and leaves her family behind as she searches for where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her faction, she quickly comes to realise she can trust no one, but also finds herself drawn to a boy who seems to threaten and protect her... Pacy and electrifying, you'll be hooked throughout!

    With the hit film adaptation, starring The Fault in Our Stars' Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, becoming one of 2014's highest grossing films, now is the right time to read Queen of Teen 2014 nominee Veronica Roth's Divergent - especially as sequel Insurgent will be in cinemas come 2015!
  • AKYIY 11 years +
    Marie Lu
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    "Legend" is the much-anticipated dystopian thriller debut from US author, Marie Lu. The must-read dystopian thriller fiction for all teen fans of "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. A brilliant re-imagining of "Les Miserables", the series is set to be a global film sensation as CBS films have acquired rights to the trilogy. The "Twilight Saga" producers, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, will produce. Los Angeles, California Republic of America He is Day. The boy who walks in the light. She is June. The girl who seeks her brother's killer. On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other's past. But Day murdered June's brother. And she has sworn to avenge his death. Dystopian fiction at its very best in this thrilling instalment in the Legend trilogy. Praise for "Legend": "If you loved "The Hunger Games", you'll love this". (Sarah Rees-Brennan, author of "The Demon's Lexicon"). "A fine example of commercial fiction with razor-sharp plotting, depth of character and emotional arc, 'Legend' doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it". ("New York Times"). "Marie Lu's dystopian novel is a "Legend" in the making". ("USA Today"). ""Legend" is impossible to put down and even harder to forget". (Kami Garcia, author of "New York Times" bestselling author of film sensation, "Beautiful Creatures"). Marie Lu is a US author who works as an art director for a video game company. "Legend" and its brilliant sequel, "Prodigy" were built round the world that Marie Lu created for a popular Facebook game also called "Legend". She was born near Shanghai but currently lives in California.
  • AKAVH 9 years +
    Ali Sparkes
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    Like Doctor Who? You'll LOVE the new action-packed adventure by Ali Sparkes - winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award! Imagine you are the only survivor from another planet. You've spent ten years on a spaceship learning how to be human, and now the end of your journey is in sight ...All you have to do is land safely, convince the earthlings that you're a real teenager, and start your new life on Earth. No problem. Except that the killer alien responsible for wiping out your people has hitched a lift. And it's just a matter of time before it starts on the human race ...