To support our Summer Reading theme: “Spark a Reaction”, here is a booklist of great YA Science and Technology fiction. I hope you find something that “sparks” your interest (sorrynotsorry for that one).
Science fair: a story of mystery, danger, international suspense, and a very nervous frog by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
The president of Kprshtskan is plotting to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in Maryland in order to take over the United States government, but when Toby Harbinger, an ordinary student, makes up his mind finally to win the fair, the terrorists’ plans go awry.
Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn.
Consumed with emailing, online video games, and the many distractions of her electronic gadgets, hyper-frenetic Columbia University freshman Veronica, known as Very LeFreak, enters a rehab facility for the technology-addicted after her professors and classmates stage an intervention.
Airman by Eoin Colfer.
In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and, hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety.
Cold burn by Max Allan Collins.
Remote. Peaceful. Picturesque. That’s how the Mumford Mountain Hotel bills itself in its brochure, and it lives up to its billing — most of the time. But this year, the hotel is hosting a prestigious conference for the study of forensic science, and the organizers have extended CSI head Gil Grissom an invitation he can’t refuse.
Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney.
While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City.
The explosionist by Jenny Davidson.
In Scotland in the 1930s, fifteen-year-old Sophie, her friend Mikael, and her great-aunt Tabitha are caught up in a murder mystery involving terrorists and suicide-bombers whose plans have world-shaping consequences.
Invisible things by Jenny Davidson.
In an alternate 1930s Europe, sixteen-year-old Sophie and Mikael, now more than a friend, investigate her parents’ death, setting off a chain of events that unravels everything she thought she knew about her family, and involving them in international intrigue and the development of the atomic bomb.
The angel of death: a forensic mystery by Alane Ferguson.
Seventeen-year-old high school senior Cameryn Mahoney uses skills learned as assistant to her coroner father to try to unravel the mystery of a local teacher’s gruesome death, while also awaiting a possible reunion with her long-missing mother.
The Christopher killer: a forensic mystery by Alane Ferguson.
On the payroll as an assistant to her coroner father, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney uses her knowledge of forensic medicine to catch the killer of a friend while putting herself in terrible danger.
Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate.
After being in a car accident, a patient recovering in her mother’s research facility is given the task of creating the perfect boy using detailed simulation technologies.
Dangerous by Shannon Hale.
When aspiring astronaut Maisie Danger Brown, who was born without a right hand, and the other space camp students get the opportunity to do something amazing in space, Maisie must prove how dangerous she can be and how far she is willing to go to protect everything she has ever loved.
Vitro by Jessica Khoury.
Resolving to find the mother who left her behind, Sophie enlists the help of a charter pilot to visit a remote Pacific island lab only to encounter genetically enhanced humans created in a scientific experiment who all possess a terrible flaw.
True blue: a novel by Jeffrey Lee.
Molly’s life was turned upside down by the car accident that injured her and crippled her father, but at her new middle school she teams up with a weird misfit for a science competition and makes a true blue friend.
Planesrunner by Ian McDonald.
When fourteen-year-old Everett Singh’s scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves a mysterious app on Everett’s computer giving him access to the Infundibulum–a map of parallel earths–which is being sought by technologically advanced dark powers that Everett must somehow elude while he tries to rescue his father.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. (Series: Lunar chronicles)
The adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson.
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence. (Series: Jenna Fox Chronicles)
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve.
Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.
Across the universe by Beth Revis
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet 300 years in the future, but 50 years before the ship’s scheduled landing, Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.
Framed by Malcolm Rose.
Sixteen year old forensic investigator Luke Harding and his robot sidekick Malc race to discover who is behind three student murders, only to find that the evidence points to Luke himself.
Partials by Dan Wells.
In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a manmade race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a sixteen-year-old medic in training.
Double helix by Nancy Werlin.
Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering.
Leviathan by written by Scott Westerfeld; illustrated by Keith Thompson.
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
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