Top 10 Best Science Fiction Books for Children

Blast off on an intergalactic adventure in these seriously exciting science fiction books! Featuring all sorts of thrilling sci-fi staples, including aliens, spacecraft, dark quests through the universe, gritty mystery, evil nemeses, and plenty of action-packed adventure, you're guaranteed to find your child's next sci-fi favourite in this list of the best science fiction books for children.

1. A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle | 11+

This much-loved science fiction novel follows 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.

2. LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force

DK | 6+

Young Jedi can discover the full story of the LEGO Star Wars galaxy with this brilliant bumper book. It covers the saga in detail, featuring all the heroes and villains from across the universe. It explains all about the triumphs and tragedies they have lived through, from the heroic exploits of the Jedi and the Resistance, to the evil plans of the Sith and the Dark Side. The book also comes with an exclusive Minifigure to add to your intergalactic collection!

3. Divergent

Veronica Roth | 11+

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.

4. Project X Alien Adventures Series

6+

With a whopping 31 books in this incredible collection, these intergalactic adventures are perfect for kids who are looking to tackle their very first chapter books. They're full of fun stories, activities and facts that will build young readers' confidence, progressing from Oxford Reading Level 7 to Level 11. The malevolent Badlaw and his army of robotic Krools are taking over Planet Exis, and it's up to Nok and micro-friends Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger to save the day! Join the adventure in these riveting reads.

5. Legend

Marie Lu | 11+

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 chance, 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.

6. Mind Games

Teri Terry | 12+

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.

7. The Fearless

Emma Pass | 12+

The Fearless: an army, powered by a strange new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster, but also devoid of all humanity. 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.

8. Doctor Who Fairy Tales

Justin Richards | 7+

This gorgeous, dark collection of ancient fairy tales from the world of Doctor Who will enchant young readers, particularly those who are already fans of the brilliant Doctor Who TV series. These captivating stories include mysterious myths and monsters from every corner of the universe.

9. Cakes in Space

Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre | 9+

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...

10. My Brother is a Superhero

David Solomons | 9+

11-year-old comic book fan Luke shares a tree-house with his big brother, Zack. In a horribly unlucky twist of fate, Luke decides to go for a wee just as an alien arrives, and gives the undeserving Zack superpowers so he can go and save the universe! This is extremely annoying for Luke, but when Zack is kidnapped, it's up to Luke and his friends to save him - and the entire world...

  • AKYIY 11 years +
    Marie Lu
    11 years +
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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.
  • MBSH 9 years +
    David Solomons
    9 years +
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    This is a super story for superhero-mad children! An award-winning book written by David Solomons, it's a zesty and refreshing read full of funny situations.

    Luke is a comic book-mad 11-year old who shares a tree house with his geeky older brother, Zack.

    Luke's only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe.

    Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world...
  • APHAK 7 years +
    Justin Richards
    7 years +
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    Offers a stunning illustrated collection of dark and ancient fairy tales from the world of Doctor Who. These captivating stories include mysterious myths and legends about heroes and monsters of all kinds, from every corner of the universe. Originally told to young Time Lords at bedtime, these twisted tales are an enchanting read for Doctor Who fans of all ages.
  • DIV2 11 years +
    Veronica Roth
    11 years +
    (2)
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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!
  • AJOQS 12 years +
    Emma Pass
    12 years +
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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.
  • LEGO Star Wars Chronicles of the Force - Hardback - 9780241237137 - DK
    SWCF 6 years +
    6 years +
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    Young Jedi and Master Builders can discover the full story of the LEGO Star Wars galaxy with this brilliant book.

    Covering the saga in detail, including The Force Awakens, the encyclopedia covers the heroes and villains from across the universe and explains all about the triumphs and tragedies they have lived through.

    From the heroic exploits of the Jedi and the Resistance and their key members (and droids!) to the evil plans of the Sith and the Dark Side, the book has pictures of so many famous Minifigures including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and BB-8.

    The book also comes with an exclusive Minifigure to add to your out-of-this-world collection!
  • Project X Alien Adventures: Series 1 Collection - 31 Books - Collection - 9780192739841
    PXAA 6 years +
    6 years +
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    • £19.99
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    Packed with fantastic artwork and ideal for preparing Year 2 schoolchildren aged 6 and above as they look to tackle their very first chapter books, our Project X Alien Adventures Collection is full of fun stories, activities and facts that will help young readers build their confidence in reading at Oxford Reading Level 7 and then progress right through to Level 11.

    Badlaw and his army of robotic Krools are taking over Planet Exis. Now Exis's only chance for freedom is for Nok and micro-friends Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger to save the day, free Exis from Badlaw and save Nok's parents, too!

    Gripping and sure to have even the most reluctant reader wanting to turn the pages and read on, this huge collection of 31 books is specially written by the creators of the Oxford Reading Tree (Biff, Chip and Kipper) to encourage children to enjoy reading independently.

    This 31-book collection covers Oxford Reading Tree Levels 7 to 11 (book bands Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White and Lime). It is suitable for children in Year 2/P3.

    Please note the books in this collection vary in size. The dimensions stated are for the wallet that the books are presented in.
  • CKZ2 9 years +
    Philip Reeve
    9 years +
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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!
  • 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?
  • AWI2 11 years +
    Madeleine L'Engle
    11 years +
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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!