Golden Duck Reading List

The following books are recommended science fiction. Books are arranged to be of maximum help to parents, teachers and librarians buying or recommending books. Fantasy books do not appear here. Librarians and teachers have often favored fantasy and labeled SF as junk. This list is an attempt to show teachers, librarians and parents that are are quality SF books for children. Also bear in mind that some children and young adults read well beyond their years and start reading adult books. This list is for average reading ability.


Anderson, Joan. Ritchie's rocket. Photographed by George Ancona. Morrow, 1993.

Coffelt, Nancy. Dogs in space. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993. Clarion, 1992.

Fleishman, Paul. Time Train. HarperCollins, 1991. Illustrations by Claire Ewart.

Gurney, James. Dinotopia Pop Up Book. 1993.

Graham, Alistair. Full moon soup.

Kroll, Stephen. Magic rocket. Holiday House, 1992.

Moerbeek, Kees. Museum of Unnatural History. Price/Stern/Sloan, 1993.

Talbott, Hudson. We're back. Crown, 1987.

Teague, Mark. Moog Moog, Space Barber

Weisner, David. June 29, 1999.



Ames, Mildred. Anna to the Infinite Power. Scribner, 1982.

Anderson, Margaret J. The Brain on Quartz Mountain. Knopf, 1982.

Asimov, Isaac. Mutants. Raintree.1982.

Asimov, Isaac; Greenberg, Martin; Waugh, Charles, ed. Young Mutants. Harper, 1984.

Butterworth, Oliver. The Enormous Egg

Byars, Betsy. The Computer Nut. Viking, 1984.

Calhoun, B. B. On the right track. W. H. Freeman, 1994.

Cameron, Eleanor. Wonderful flight to the Mushroom Planet. Little, 1954.

Cameron, Eleanor. Time and Mr. Bass. Little, 1967.

Cameron, Eleanor. Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet. Little, 1956.

Conly, Jane Leslie. R-T, Margaret and the Rats of NIMH

Corbett, Scott. The Deadly Hoax. Dutton, 1981.

Coville, Bruce. My Teacher Glows In The Dark. Pocket, 1991.

Coville, Bruce. I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X. Pocket, 1994.

Coville, Bruce. Space Brat. Pocket, 1993.

Coville, Bruce. Space Brat 2: Blork's Evil Twin. Pocket, 1993.

Coville, Bruce. Space Brat 3: The Wrath of Squat. Pocket, 1994.

Coville, Bruce. My Teacher is an Alien. Pocket, 1991.

Coville, Bruce. My Teacher Fried My Brains. Pocket, 1992.

Coville, Bruce. Aliens ate my Homework. Pocket, 1993.

Coville, Bruce. My Teacher Flunked the Planet. Pocket, 1993.

Coville, Bruce. The dinosaur that followed me home. Pocket, 1992.

Coville, Bruce. How I survived my summer vaction. Pocket, 1991.

Coville, Bruce. Some of my best friends are monsters. Pocket, 1991.

Curtis, Phillip. Invasion of the Brain Sharpeners. Random House, 1981.

Curtis, Phillip. Invasion of the Comet People. Random House, 1983.

Dadey, Debbie & Jones, Marcia Thorton. Aliens don't wear braces. Scholastic, 1993.

David, Peter. Worf's First Adventure. Pocket, 1993.

David, Peter. Line of Fire. Pocket, 1993.

David, Peter. Survival. Pocket, 1993.

DeWeese, Gene. Black Suits from Outer Space.

Disch, Thomas M. The Brave little Toaster

Gilden, John. The Pet. Pocket, 1994.

Greer, Gery and Ruddick, Bob. Jason and the escape from the Bat Planet. HarperCollins, 1993.

Haas, Dorothy. Burton's zoom zoom va-room machine. Pocket, 1993.

OBrien, Robert. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

Roberts, Willo Davis. The Girl With the Silver Eyes. Scholastic, 1980.

Ryan, Mary C. Me two.

Service, Pamela F. Stinker's return. Scribners, 1993.

Service, Pamela. Weirdos of the Universe, Unite! Atheneum, 1992.

Slobodkin, Louis. Space Ship Under the Apple Tree. Macmillian, 1952.

Slobodkin, Louis. The Space Ship Returns to the Apple Tree. Macmillian, 1981.

Slobodkin, Louis. The Three-Seated Space ship. Macmillian, 1981.

Strickland, Bruce. The Star Ghost. Pocket, 1994.

Strickland, Bruce. Stowaways. Pocket, 1994.

Vornholt, John. Capture the flag. Pocket, 1994.



Bova, Ben. City of Darkness. Scribner, 1976.

Bova, Ben. Exiled From Earth. Dutton, 1971.

Bova, Ben. End of Exile. Dutton, 1975.

Bradbury, Ray. R is for Rocket

Bradbury, Ray. S is for Space

Caraker, Mary. Snows of Jasper

Christopher, John. Beyond the Burning Lands. Macmillian, 1971.

Christopher, John. The Prince is Waiting. Macmillian, 1970.

Christopher, John. The Sword of the Spirits. Macmillian, 1972.

Christopher, John. The White Mountains. Macmillian, 1967.

Christopher, John. City of Lead and Gold. Macmillian, 1967.

Christopher, John. Pool of Fire. Macmillian, 1968.

Clarke, Arthur C. Dolphin Island. Holt, 1963.

Danziger, Paula This Place Has No Atmosphere.

Du Bois, William Pene. Twenty One Balloons.

Engdahl, Sylvia Louise. Enchantress from the Stars. Atheneum, 1970.

Engdahl, Sylvia Louise. This Star Shall Abide. Atheneum, 1972.

Heinlein, Robert. Between planets.

Heinlein, Robert. Citizen of the galaxy.

Heinlein, Robert. Farmer in the Sky.

Heinlein, Robert. Have Space Suit ---Will Travel.

Heinlein, Robert. Red Planet.

Heinlein, Robert. Rocketship Galileo.

Heinlein, Robert. The Rolling Stones.

Heinlein, Robert. Space Cadet.

Heinlein, Robert. The Star Beast.

Heinlein, Robert. Starman Jones.

Heinlein, Robert. Time for Stars.

Heinlein, Robert. Tunnel in the Sky.

Hughes, Monica . Invitation to the Game. Simon & Schuster, 1991.

Hughes, Monica. The Crystal Drop. Simon & Schuster, 1993

Hughes, Monica. The Guardian of Isis. Atheneum, 1982.

Hoover, H.M. The Bell Tree. Viking, Avon, 1977.

Hoover, H.M. The Rains of Eridan. Viking,Avon, 1977.

Hoover, H.M. The Shepard Moon. Viking, 1984.

Karl, Jean. But We Are Not of Earth. Dutton, 1981.

L'Engle, Madeline. Wrinkle in Time. Farrar, Dell, 1962.

L'Engle, Madeline. Wind in the Door. Farrar, Dell, 1974.

L'Engle, Madeline. A Swiftly Tilting Planet. Farrar, Dell, 1978.

L'Engle, Madeline. Ring of Endless Light. Farrar, Dell, 1980.

Lowrey, Lois. The Giver. Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsong. Atheneum, 1976.

McCaffrey, Anne. Dragondrums. Atheneum, 1979.

McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsinger. Atheneum, 1977.

Norton, Andre. Forerunner. Pinnacle, 1981.

Norton, Andre. Moon of Three Rings. Viking, 1966.

Norton, Andre. The Zero Stone. Viking, 1968.

O'Brien, Robert. Z for Zachariah. Atheneum, 1975.

Oppel, Kenneth. Dead Water Zone. Little, Brown, 1993.

Park, Ruth. My Sister Sif.

Payne, Bernal C. Experiment in Terror. Houghton Mifflin, 1987.

Rubinstein, Gillian. Space Demons. Pocket, 1989.

Rubinstein, Gillian. Skymaze. Pocket, 1991.

Sleator, William. Interstellar Pig.

Sleator, William. House of Stairs.

Slote, Alfed. Clone Catcher. Harper, 1982.

Slote, Alfed. My Robot Buddy. Harper, 1975.

Slote, Alfed. My Trip To Alpha I. Avon, 1978.

Slote, Alfed. C.O.L.A.R. : A Tale of Outer space. Avon, 1981.

Slote, Alfed. Omega Station. Avon, 1983.

Stevermer, Caroline. River Rats. HBJ, 1992.

Yep, Lawrence. Sweetwater.



Adams, Douglas. Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Anderson, Poul. Earthman's Burden.

Anderson, Poul. Guardians of Time.

Anderson, Poul. The High Crusade.

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale.

Asimov, Isaac. The Caves of Steel.

Asimov, Isaac. Nightfall and other stories.

Asimov, Isaac. Foundation.

Asimov, Isaac. Second Foundation.

Asimov, Isaac. Foundation's Edge.

Cherryh, C. J. Pride of Chanur.

Clarke, Arthur C. Red Sands of Mars.

Clement, Hal. Mission of Gravity.

Smith, E. E. The Lensman Series.

Smith, E. E. The skylark series.

Williams, Shelia. Loch Ness Monster. Doubleday, 1993.

Van Vogt, A. E. Slan.

Wells, H. G. The Invisible Man.

Wells, H. G. The Time Machine.

Wells, H. G. The War of the Worlds.

Wibberly, Leonard. Encounter Near Venus.

Williamson, Jack. The Legion of space.

Williamson, Jack. The Legion of Time.

Williamson, Jack. The Moon Children.

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