Bawden, Nina. Off the Road. J FIC Bawden
In 2040, eleven-year-old Tom follows his grandfather through the Wall and into the forbidden Wild, where they seek to find his grandfather’s boyhood home.
Bransford, Nathan. Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe. J FIC Bransford
When seventh-grader Jacob Wonderbar is nominated for President of the Universe, he and his best friends Sarah Daisy and Dexter take off for outer space to campaign, and in the process suffer kidnappings, space monkeys, dirty politics, and threats to blowup the Earth.
Dashner, James. The Journal of Curious Letters. J FIC Dashner (The 13th Reality SERIES)
Thirteen-year-old Atticus “Tick” Higginbottom begins receiving mysterious letters from around the world signed only “M.G.,” and the clues contained therein lead him on a journey to the perilous 13th Reality and a confrontation with evil Mistress Jane. SEQUELS: The Hunt for Dark Infinity (2009), The Blade of Shattered Hope (2010).
Feig, Paul. Ignatius MacFarland : Frequenaut! J FIC Feig
Bullied in school and called “Piggy MacFartland,” twelve-year-old Iggy longs to travel to another planet and live among extraterrestrials, until an explosion transports him to a scary alternate reality.
Fields, Bryan W. Lunchbox and the Aliens. J FIC Fields
Lunchbox is an ordinary basset hound until he is abducted by aliens, zapped by a mental enhancer, and sent back to convert Earth’s garbage into food–a task that would be easier if he had opposable thumbs, or at least tentacles.
Gauthier, Gail. My Life Among the Aliens. J FIC Gauthier // JPB G
Two brothers begin to wonder if it is their mother’s unusual cooking that is attracting the aliens that keep showing up at their house.
Hautman, Pete. The Flinkwater Factor. J FIC Flinkwater
Thirteen-year-old Ginger investigates a series of weird events taking place in her hometown of Flinkwater, Iowa, beginning with people falling into comas while using their computers.
Holm, Jennifer. The Fourteenth Goldfish. J FIC Holm
Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.
Jennings, Patrick. Invasion of the Dognappers. J FIC Jennings
When nine-year-old Logan discovers that aliens are abducting pet dogs, he and his friends form the Intergalactic Canine Rescue Unit, and Logan stows away on a spaceship in hopes of saving man’s best friend.
Kloepfer, John. Galaxy’s Most Wanted. J FIC Kloepfer
When thirteen-year-old Kevin Brewer and his camp buddies summon an alien to earth, they know they’ll win a blue ribbon in the science competition–but they don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of an interstellar war.
Lerangis, Peter. The Colossus Rises. J FIC Lerangis (Seven Wonders SERIES)
Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis’ power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities.
Maberry, Jonathan. The Orphan Army. J FIC Maberry (The Nightsiders SERIES)
In the future, bug-like aliens are taking over Earth and young Milo Silk learns through dreams and strange encounters that there are other, ancient monsters on the planet that are also threatened by the aliens, and that he may be the hero destined to lead his friends in saving the universe.
Nelson, Peter. Herbert’s Wormhole. J FIC Nelson (SERIES)
When almost-sixth-grader Alex, a video game fanatic, is forced on a “playdate” with his neighbor Herbert, an inventor, the two travel to the twenty-second century and face off against aliens, who are not as beneficent as most people think. SEQUEL: Herbert’s Wormhole: The Rise and Fall of El Solo Libre (2012).
Lyga, Barry. Archvillain. J FIC Lyga
Twelve-year-old Kyle Camden develops greater mental agility and superpowers during a plasma storm that also brings Mighty Mike, an alien, to the town of Bouring, but while each does what he thinks is best, Kyle is labeled a villain and Mike a hero. SEQUEL: The Mad Mask (2012) & Yesterday Again (2013).
Peterfreund, Diana. Omega City. J FIC Peterfreund
Determined to prove her conspiracy theorist father’s beliefs about lost Cold War technology, Gillian, her skeptical brother, and their friends journey to the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker before they are confronted by dangerous adversaries.
Rex, Adam. The True Meaning of Smekday. J FIC Rex
In the chaotic turmoil that follows the Boov invasion of Earth, eleven-year-old Gratuity Tucci finds herself driving her mother’s car to Florida, where all of the humans are being relocated, with her cat and a renegade extraterrestiral named J. Lo as her copilots.
Richards, C.J. The Junkyard Bot. J FIC Richards
When George Gearing’s personal robot Jackbot gets hit by a car, George rebuilds him into something amazing, only to have him disappear just as darkness threatens the town, leaving George and his new friend Anne Droid to find out what happened.
Ross, Joel N. The Fog Diver. J FIC Ross
In this futuristic high-stakes adventure, humanity clings to cities on the highest mountain peaks above the deadly Fog, and airships transport the pirates of the skies. Daring 13-year-old tetherboy Chess and his salvage crew must face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and work to save their beloved Mrs. E.
Samphire, Patrick. Secrets of the Dragon Tomb. J FIC Samphire
While dreaming of being a spy like those in his favorite magazine, twelve-year-old Edward has been stuck holding his eccentric family together but when his parents are kidnapped, he leads his sisters and cousin in an effort to rescue them across the danger-filled landscape of nineteenth-century Mars.
Smith, Greg Leitich. The Chronal Engine. J FIC Smith
Eighth-grader Max, his older brother Kyle, and new friend Petra travel in time to the Cretaceous period to rescue Kyle’s twin, Emma, who was kidnapped from their grandfather’s Texas ranch. Includes author’s notes about the facts behind the story.
Teague, Mark. The Doom Machine. J FIC Teague
When a spaceship lands in the small town of Vern Hollow in 1956, juvenile delinquent Jack Creedle and prim, studious Isadora Shumway form an unexpected alliance as they try to keep a group of extraterrestrials from stealing eccentric Uncle Bud’s space travel machine.
Vaughan, M.M. Six. J FIC Vaughan
When twelve-year-old Parker’s father, on the cusp of a technological breakthrough, is kidnapped, Parker is determined to find him, but his search soon uncovers a sinister project that threatens far more than Parker’s family.
White, Ruth. You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does). J FIC White
Although Meggie Blue seems to be an average sixth-grader she is abnormally frightened when residents of her small, North Carolina town become fixated on aliens, and soon she and her family are forced to flee, making it clear that all is not as it seems.