Six science fiction middle-grade books to dive into

Published on: 08 February 2024

Author Benjamin Dean shares his favourite sci-fi stories.  

Benjamin Dean and The Boy Who Fell From The Sky

There’s nothing I love more than escaping into a story. A really good book can make it feel as if you’re quite literally stepping inside it and exploring a brand-new world. For me, there’s something especially exciting about falling into a world that’s a little different from our own, going along for the ride as a heroic protagonist tries to defy the odds. Whether it’s time travel or spaceships, superpowers or super villains, science fiction books are some of the most exciting.

Here are some of my favourites – I hope you’ll love them too! 

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes is one of the best-known and loved stories for children of the twentieth century. 

The Iron Man by Ted HughesThe Iron Man by Ted Hughes

The Boy Who Made the World Disappear by Ben Miller 

This is an epic time-travel story full of twists and turns from Ben Miller. 

Jennifer Bell expertly combines gaming and time travel in this thrilling middle-grade adventure.

Wonderscape by Jennifer BellWonderscape by Jennifer Bell 

Tọlá Okogwu has written an action-packed superhero series about a British-Nigerian girl who learns that her Afro hair has psychokinetic powers. 

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tọlá OkogwuOnyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tọlá Okogwu

Another classic is Frank Cottrell Boyce’s truly out-of-this-world novel, Cosmic.  

Ross Welford has written a remarkable story of an adventure across the stars in The Kid Who Came from Space 

The Kid Who Came from Space by Ross WelfordThe Kid Who Came from Space by Ross Welford

The Boy Who Fell From the Sky by Benjamin Dean is out now. 

Read our review here.

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