Science-Fiction Books for 5th Graders

Science Fiction is one of the best-selling genre among kids who love reading about aliens, time travel, robots and mad scientists. Science fictions have also opened a world of possibilities for kids as they take them into a new world full of their favorite characters perform unbelievable acts which is not possible in real life. Yet, some science fiction authors mix reality and science to make these stories believable to a certain extent and which makes these stories all the more interesting. Here we’ve carefully selected a beautiful collection of science fiction books for 5th graders that will keep them hooked up for a long time.

5th Grade Science-Fiction Books

George’s Secret Key To The Universe
1 of 5 Book Series

authors: Lucy Hawking and Stephen Hawking
Age Level: 9 – 11
5 stars

Co-authored by Stephen Hawking, one of the most renowned scientists in the world and also the author of the best-selling book “A Brief History of Time”. He’s also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest civilian awards in the United States. The best known from his research about black holes, time and singularity.

“The George’s Secret Key to the Universe” is one of the series that every kid should read. As it helps them to learn science in a playful way, and one could learn things that they never thought that could’ve existed. According to Lucy Hawking, the daughter of Stephen Hawking, the idea is to educate science and also to inform kids about the need to take good care of this planet. Read full review…

Childhood’s End

by Arthur C. Clarke
Age Level: 9 – 12
4_5 stars

Sir. Arthur C. Clarke is a renowned science fiction writer, famous for his work, 2001: A Space Odyssey and also other amazing books, has authored this sci-fi classic Childhood’s End.

Spaceships from outer space appear in the skies of every city on the planet and behind all of this is the alien race called as the Overlords, who are superior to human beings in every aspect including technology, military and intellectual capacity. Initially their demands looked favorable as they claim that they have come here to unify the people in this planet and to eliminate poverty and war. But no one knows the hidden agenda behind the claim.

The Prometheus Project

by Douglas E. Richards
Age Range: 8 – 18 years
Grade Level: 4 – 12

4_5 stars

The Prometheus Project is another fascinating alien adventure story from one of the best-selling authors, Douglas E. Richards.

Brothers Ryan and Regan Resnick move to a new city as their parents gets transferred here. Initially they find the place boring and the story gets interesting and keeps the readers on the corner of the seats, once the brothers discover that their parents are working on secret project Prometheus. With this discovery, the brothers get entangled in a non-stop adventure that will test their courage and soon come face to face with the alien races. With their mother captured, it’s up to them to do the impossible to fight the superior aliens to save her.

The Mushroom Planet
Book Series

by Eleanor Cameron
Age Range: 8 – 11 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7

4_5 stars

The Mushroom Planet is a science fiction series written by Eleanor Cameron, a popular children’s author and critic.

The story revolves around two boys who fly to mushroom planet in a spaceship built by themselves and filled with some mystic fuel powered by the mysterious Mr.Tyco Bass, an inventor and scientist. To their surprise, the mushroom planet is found to be a small world filled with mushrooms grown in the size of trees and also with small men with large head and also having a greener skin. And the story goes with the boys meeting the mushroom planet’s king and how they solve a long pending problem before returning to Earth.

Space Case (Moon Base Alpha)

by Stuart Gibbs
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7

4_5 stars

Stuart Gibbs the author of the “Belly up” and “Spy School” have come up with fun-filled and thrilling space adventure, Space Case, A Moon base alpha novel.

The Space Case is a murder mystery novel, where 12 year old Dashiell Gibson, one of the first humans to inhabit the moon and after some finds boring living with lunarnauts or moonies. Since kids are not allowed on the lunar surface, children like Dashiell are confined to a tiny moon base and their only entertainment is playing virtual reality games. When a top scientist of the lunar base is found dead, it is up to Dashiell to discover the real truth behind the murder.

Pi in the Sky

by Wendy Mass
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7

4_5 stars

Wendy Mass the author of the New York Times best-selling novel “the Candymakers” has come up with a space classic “Pi in the Sky” a story revolves around Joss, the seventh son of the Supreme Lord of the Universe.

When other brothers are entitled with official duties to assist his dad in ruling the cosmos Joss is assigned only to deliver pies. Joss seems less bothered about his father not promoting to do official duties, as he’s happy with the job he got and also is quite content playing with his best-friend Kal and also other things. But when the earth suddenly disappears, Joss is assigned the impossible task of finding and bringing the earth back, and the space adventure begins. It is a must read science fiction book for 5th graders with full of science quests.

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

by Madeleine L’Engle and Hope Larson
Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9

4_5 stars

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, which was published 50 years ago has been brilliantly illustrated by Hope Larson to a make it as the most exciting science fiction graphic novel. This graphic illustration of this classic novel will be a great appetite for the older fans of this book along with new fans, including students, who are inclined into more of reading books with graphic illustrations.

The novel is famous for its characters Meg, Charles Wallace Murry and Mrs.Who, Mrs.Whatsit and Mrs. Which who fights the evil force to save planet earth.

Noah Zarc 3 Book Series

by D. Robert Pease
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 9

4_5 stars

Noah Zarc is a classic 5th grade science fiction book series authored by Robert D. Pease.

The main protagonist Noah Zarc is a pilot operating spaceships and travel through time to save animals from earth from going extinct and in the process fights killer robots as well. But life turns upside down for Noah, when he learns that his mother is kidnapped and taken to Mars and also his father gets trapped in the Ice Age. And that’s where the story gets interesting, becomes an out of the world action packed ride with Noah fighting enemies who are hell bent on destroying planet Earth.


by Monica Tesler
Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9

5 stars

This space travel adventure novel from Monica Tesler rallies around twelve year old Jasper, who is selected to be part of the team Bounders, a team of high level astronauts to fight against an alien society.

When Jasper and her friends reach space, they learn that they are not sent into space for astronaut training but for a classified operation which involves learning about a brain-sync technology which will enable them to teleport to anywhere they wanted. Trouble begins when they find the actual reason why Earth Academy brought them to space and it is for them to decide now whether to fight against the society or save the planet.

Escape from the Pipe Men!

by Mary G. Thompson
Age Range: 10 – 12 years
Grade Level: 5 – 7

4_5 stars

One more fascinating 5th grade science fiction book, Escape from the Pipe Men! from Mary G. Thompson, tells the story of siblings Ryan and Becky who live on the O-thul-ba, an intergalactic zoo featuring human exhibits in the pipe men’s planet.

The Pipe Men look strange with their multiple eyes. He visits earth to persuade Ryan and Becky’s parents to work for them in their planet. But little the parents know that the Pipe Men are also persuading other people also to take them to their planet to exhibit them in their intergalactic zoo. The space adventure begins when their father is poisoned and the siblings start looking for the antidote through the whole space.

1 Comment to “Science-Fiction Books for 5th Graders”

  • VirgilioBloom May 6, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.