A Wrinkle in Time and Middle Grade Sci Fi

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Dragons, I am SO EXCITED for the upcoming Wrinkle in Time movie.  The trailer looks awesome and I’m still completely floored that Ava DuVernay is directing it.  March 2018 cannot get here quickly enough.  If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out:

A Wrinkle in Time was one of my sci-fi gateway books.  I remember reading it (and the sequels) repeatedly in elementary school.  I can still vividly picture the creep-tastic cover to the paperback edition I owned:

While I wouldn’t exactly call this a “good” book cover, I still love it to death – partially because it looks like absolutely NOTHING like children’s book covers today.

My excitement about the upcoming movie got me thinking about other great middle grade sci-fi books I’ve read since becoming a children’s librarian.  Maybe some of these books will be the gateway books for kiddos today the way that Wrinkle in Time was for me.

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer 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.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.  
[This one has a special place in my heart because the story’s protagonist loves A Wrinkle in Time as much as I did as a kid.]

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 12 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster.  
[For you audiobook fans out there — this one is absolutely outstanding!  I hear the movie version is great too, but I haven’t seen it yet.]

Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King
Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family’s once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing–but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.
[I love everything A.S. King writes and her first foray into middle grade fiction is great.]

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Until next time, find the stories that make you stronger. #WorkOutNerdOut
Karen

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