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Science Fiction

Science Fiction

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Cosmic

Science fiction is a story that imagines what life might be like experiencing future advances in science and technology. In Cosmic the main characters are kids who win a trip into space!

Liam is taller than average. Much taller. In fact he’s so tall he often gets mistaken for an adult, which can be annoying when you’re only twelve. Liam gets really tired of hearing, “You should know better, big lad like you.”

On the other hand, it can come in really handy, like when you need a chaperone. Liam enters a contest to win a trip to a new amusement park in China. To claim the prize he wins, Liam has to impersonate his own father and takes along his friend Florida as his “kid.”

At the amusement park Liam has to act like a dad. What does that mean? Florida, for one, thinks he needs a few tips. “Get me presents, and ice cream; don’t sit there telling me about history and stuff.” And don’t even try telling her what to do, afterall, Liam isn’t a REAL Dad! When the ultimate thrill ride at the park turns out to be a real rocket, Florida and the other kid contest winners are trained for the inaugural flight. Liam is chosen to be the one adult chaperone allowed on the rocket. Why is Liam chosen? For his “kid like qualities” of course! When an accident sends the rocket hurtling through space, the kids turn to the onlygrownup they’ve got, Liam, to lead them back to earth. The situation sends Liam scrambling to answer the question “what would a dad do?” Liam gets a crash course in “dadliness”. It turns out it isn’t much about buying presents and supplying ice cream and telling kids when to go to bed!

Listed below are more science fiction stories that make this leap of imagination. These stories often involve space travel, time travel, artificial intelligence or extraterrestrial life.


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A Problematic ParadoxAliens on VacationA Wrinkle in TimeCaptain Raptor and the Perious PlanetThe City of EmberFoundLarklightLucy and the Rocket DogThe Dead GentlemanThe House of the ScorpionThe Search for WondlaThe Tomorrow CodeThe True Meaning of SmekdayTransformers Dark of the MoonWhen the Tripods CameWhen You Reach Me
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43 Old Cemetery Road #1: Dying to Meet You

43 Old Cemetery Road #1: Dying to Meet You

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Dying to Meet You

This book doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a collection of letters and notes with a few newspaper articles thrown in here and there. You have to figure out who is who and what is going on by reading the letters the characters write to each other and by reading the newspaper articles that report the strange happenings at 43 Old Cemetery Road.

Ignatius B. Grumply is a crabby old author with writer’s block who has rented a creepy old house for the summer. He doesn’t know it, but a boy named Seymour is living on the third floor and a ghost lives in the attic – a bossy old lady ghost.

The old man is none too happy when he discovers the boy. Seymour isn’t too happy about the old man either. The two set up a few house rules to keep things from getting ugly:

Mr. Grumply’s Rules:

  • You will not bother me when I am writing
  • You will stay out of my bedroom and bathroom at all times.
  • You will not lurk in doorways or dark hallways.
  • You are not permitted on the second floor, which I have claimed as my own for the duration of the summer.

Seymour’s Rules:

  • You will not tell me what time I have to go to bed.
  • You will not tell me what to eat or when to eat it.
  • You will not play old man music on the stereo.
  • You’re not allowed on the third floor. No exceptions.

And this begins a tentative agreement to help the two get through the summer without all out war breaking loose. They agree to communicate by letter, which is fine, until the old man shoots some accusations at Seymour that are simply not true. The slamming doors, the loudly playing piano, the falling chandalier – none of that was Seymour, that was the ghost!  Mr. Grumply doesn’t believe a word of it and he isn’t at all interested in having a liar for a housemate.

Read the letters to hear them duke it out in writing – the letters are funny exchanges between these people who don’t care for each other at all…at first!

If you liked Dying to Meet You don’t miss the other 6 in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, and when you get done with those, try Billy Bones – he’s another ghost in hiding with a fun family. If you like how the story was told through letters try one of these: IndyPL Kids’ Blog Stories Told Through Letters


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Over My Dead BodyTill Death Do Us BarkThe Phantom of the Post OfficeHollywood Dead AheadGreetings From the GraveyardThe Loch Ness PunsterBilly Bones
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