Please welcome Curtis C. Chen with a science fiction book list for kids and teens! We are also giving away a copy of his book, Waypoint Kangaroo. Please go to the bottom of the post to enter.
“Sci-fi fans will love this fun, high-tech adventure.” – Kirkus Reviews
Meet Kangaroo, a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: Vacation.
I’m a lifelong fan of science fiction in all forms–books, movies, television, radio, and more. But even now, nothing has quite the power to transport me into another world the way that books do. Here are just a few fantastic titles to escape into.
Far Beyond the Stars Books for Kids and Teens
Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
On the other hand, maybe we’ll just go into space and punch each other in zero-gravity and livestream the fights to other planets. That would be awesome too. [ages 12-18]
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
What does it mean to be human? That’s perhaps the central question of all science fiction, and Ann Leckie’s multi-award-winning debut novel explores it in the guise of a thrilling space opera. [young adult, ages 15+]
Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine
How much trouble can “a Patrick O’Brian girl in a Jane Austen world” get into? Plenty, as it turns out, if she lives in a fantasy-Regency-steampunk Solar System where sailing ships fly between planets. [ages 15+ ]
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
I don’t normally read a lot of fantasy, but this book (the first of a trilogy) sucked me right in and didn’t let go. The world-building, characters, and political intrigue weave a rich tapestry that’s at once wholly alien and completely familiar. [ages 14+]
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson et al.
Comic books and graphic novels have the power to actually show what diversity looks like. Kamala Khan is Pakistani-American, teenaged, Muslim, and female, and all those traits are crucial to her own kick-ass brand of superheroism. [ages 12+]
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
You think your parents are bad? Try living with an actual witch. Srsly. [ages 12-18]
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
The future is… complicated. This vision of Brazil is not quite a full-blown dystopia, but it’s a powerful tale of how technology and art and love can both free us and imprison us. [ages 14+]
Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. Chen
What do I think people will be doing in the future, when we have affordable interplanetary travel? That’s easy: tourism. Canyons on Mars! The rings of Saturn! Jupiter’s Great Red Spot! Just hope that your cruise spaceship doesn’t get hijacked by evildoers and need to be saved by a secret agent with a unique superpower. [ages 14+]
Waypoint Kangaroo GIVEAWAY
Please fill out Rafflecopter below to win a copy of Curtis C. Chen’s Waypoint Kangaroo. We can only ship to U.S. and AFO boxes due to high cost of shipping.
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, CURTIS C. CHEN now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel WAYPOINT KANGAROO (Thomas Dunne, 2016) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. Curtis’ short stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, MISSION: TOMORROW, and Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. He is a graduate of the Clarion West and Viable Paradise writers’ workshops. Curtis is not an aardvark.
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