I like my Sci. Fi. a little on the realistic side and The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh fits the bill nicely.
A tiny snippet about The Green Book without any spoilers:
"We are at Shine, on the first day," says Pattie, when, as the youngest member of the group, she is given the honor of naming the new settlement. Refugees from the dying planet Earth, they, along with other ships, have been sent into space in the hope that some of them will survive to continue the human race. But the success of Shine remains doubtful as crops fail and provisions brought from Earth dwindle.
I like this book so much that I’ve reread it a few times since discovering it about 12 years ago, and even though it is a middle grade novel I’ve used it successfully with high school students because the themes in it are for all ages. I’ll probably use it with my fifth grade class later this year.
It is a cool combination of survival and group dynamics, and what they find on their new planet is just plain amazing. At a little over a 100 pages it is a quick read, but the story will linger in your brain.
What’s your favorite middle grade science fiction title?