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Science fiction for kids at the library

For the past seven months, West Linn Public Library has been hosting a kids-only book club called Burns Street Kids. At 4 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, we meet to discuss the books we’ve been reading throughout the month, then work on a craft that ties in to that month’s theme.

The club is open to any kid, ages 7-10, and encourages discovering new genres and books to add their reading lists. You aren’t required to read within the theme, but it does make for some fun discussion. If you’ve never come to a meeting, don’t worry, you can start any time. We have two more meetings until summer, and then will start back up again in September.

April’s theme is science fiction, and some of the best books for kids can be found in this genre. Here are a few suggestions to get you ready. We hope to see you on April 24th at 4 p.m.

“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), 11 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.

“The Iron Giant: A Story in Five Nights” by Ted Hughes

A strange creature stalks the land, eating barbed wire and devouring tractors and plows. The farmers are mystified — and afraid. And then they glimpse him in the night: the Iron Giant, taller than a house, with glowing headlight eyes and an insatiable taste for metal. The hungry giant must be stopped at any cost. Only a young boy named Hogarth is brave enough to befriend the Iron Giant and lead him to a safe home. And only Hogarth knows where to turn when the earth needs a hero — a giant hero — as never before.

“Shanghaied to the Moon” by Michael J. Daley

Desperate to become a space pilot like his mother, despite his father’s opposition, 13-year-old Stewart meets an old spacer who offers him the chance to learn AstroNav during a flight to the moon in the year 2065 —and reveals some family secrets along the way.

“Larklight” by Philip Reeve

In an alternate Victorian England, young Arthur and his sister Myrtle, residents of Larklight, a floating house in one of Her Majesty’s outer space territories, uncover a spidery plot to destroy the solar system.

“The Search for WondLa” by Tony DiTerlizzi

Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a 12-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her. Features “augmented reality” pages, in which readers with a webcam can access additional information about Eva Nine’s world.

Rebecca Mayer is the youth services librarian at West Linn Public Library.



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