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Staff Picks for Teens: Speculative Fiction
Imagine the past as it never was...or the future as it could be. These books are part sci fi, part fantasy, and one hundred percent great reads.
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Title: Feed
Author: Anderson, M.T.
Publisher: Candlewick Press (2002)
ISBN: 0763617261
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Notes: If you could have access to the Internet implanted directly into your brain, would you do it? In this novel, almost 75 percent of Americans have chosen to connect their brains to the Feednet using implanted computer chips. They can share memories...and the government and corporations can read their thoughts. Teenager Titus has been used to the Feed all his life, but while on a visit to the moon during spring break, he meets a girl named Violet who questions whether or not the Feed is worthwhile. When Violet starts to resist the Feed, the consequences are dire, and Titus must face the truth about the Feed.

 
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Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Bradbury, Ray
Publisher: Ballantine Books (1953)
ISBN: 0345342968
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Notes: In this nightmarish future America, violence rules the day, books are illegal, and firemen set fires instead of putting them out. Fireman Guy Montag has started to question the state of society, and when he accidentally catches a glimpse of a sentence in a book he is about to add to a bonfire, he decides to steal the book instead. As Montag's desire to read grows, so does the danger that he is in.

 
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Title: Ender's Game
Author: Card, Orson Scott
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates (1991)
ISBN: 0812550706
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Notes: In this sci-fi classic, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is chosen by the International Fleet to attend the elite Battle School, where he will learn how to defend Earth from the hostile alien Formics. Resented by the other students because of his intelligence, Ender plans to engineer his own removal from the school by using a ruthless weapon during a simulated war game that is also his final exam. Will his strategy work - or will it backfire?

 
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Title: Catching Fire
Author: Collins, Suzanne
Publisher: Scholastic Press (2009)
ISBN: 9780439023498
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Notes: In the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss and Peeta discover that victory in the Games is both a blessing and a curse. As they begin their mandatory victory tour, they start to hear rumors of a rebellion against the Capitol. Can they resume their normal lives, or will they be drawn into the action? Read and find out!

 
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Title: Mockingjay
Author: Collins, Suzanne
Publisher: Scholastic (2010)
ISBN: 9780439023511
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Notes: In the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss finds herself at the forefront of the rebellion against the Capitol. The leader of District 13 wants her to become the Mockingjay, the symbol of the revolution, but Katniss doesn't trust the new regime. Plus, the Capitol is using the captured Peeta to counter District 13's propaganda. Will Katniss lose everything - and everyone - she cares about?

 
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Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Collins, Suzanne
Publisher: Scholastic Press (2008)
ISBN: 9780439023528
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Notes: After the United States is destroyed by natural disasters, a new country called Panem takes its place. The powerful Capitol rules the twelve outlying Districts with an iron fist, and every year 24 teenagers are forced to represent their Districts in a televised battle to the death. When Katniss Everdeen's little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place, even though it means volunteering for an almost-certain death in the arena, pitted against other teens who have trained for this moment all their lives...and against Peeta, the boy from her District who once saved her from starvation.

 
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Title: Little Brother
Author: Doctorow, Cory
Publisher: Tor Teen (2008)
ISBN: 9780765319852
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Notes: 17-year-old computer buff Marcus and his friends skip high school for the day - and witness a terrorist attack on the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Homeland Security picks up the teenagers while sweeping the area, and when Marcus' high-tech gadgets raise their suspicions, he and his friends are held and interrogated for three days. Once Marcus is released, he discovers that San Francisco has become a hyper-secure police state. With his technical know-how, Marcus fights back to avoid government surveillance...but can he succeed?

 
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Title: The House of the Scorpion
Author: Farmer, Nancy
Publisher: Atheneum (2002)
ISBN: 0689852223
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Notes: The country of Opium, a long strip of land between the United States and Mexico, is ruled by El PatrĂ³n, a powerful drug lord whose poppy fields are tended by eejits - people who tried to flee Opium, but were captured and implanted with computer chips. Matt, a clone of El Patrón, is meant to be an organ donor when the drug lord's own organs begin to fail. As Matt realizes what fate has in store for him, he escapes, only to find a different kind of danger is waiting on the plankton farms of Mexico.

 
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Title: Colman
Author: Furlong, Monica
Publisher: Random House (2004)
ISBN: 0375815147
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Notes: After the events of Wise Child, Juniper, Wise Child, and Colman travel back to Juniper's childhood home in Cornwall, only to discover that Juniper's parents are dead and their kingdom is being controlled by Juniper's evil aunt. Wise Child and Colman must save Juniper's brother, the rightful heir to the kingdom, and restore him to the throne.

 
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Title: Juniper
Author: Furlong, Monica
Publisher: Knopf (1991)
ISBN: 0394832205
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Notes: This prequel to Wise Child is the story of how Juniper, once a Cornish princess during the Dark Ages, became a doran - a woman who uses magic for good - by studying with her eccentric godmother Euny. Juniper will need all her powers to save her best friend, and her father's kingdom, from the clutches of an evil sorceress.