8th Grade Book Club #2

Science , , and FANTASY

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● Imaginary ● Magic and/or magical creatures ● Supernatural people or powers ● Animals and/or objects with characteristics ● Good vs Some famous examples:

Harry Potter

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Alice in Wonderland

Where the Wild Things Are

nerdist.com Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away... Ranger’s Apprentice (series) by John Flanagan

They have scared him in the past — the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of and surveillance, they fight the before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This , he will not be denied.... Dealing With by Patricia Wrede

Cimorene is a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart - and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a - and finds the and excitement she's been looking for. Fiction

http://io9.gizmodo.com/ ELEMENTS OF

● Typically set in the ● Incorporates principles of science and ● Explores what effect new discoveries/ may have on the human race ● Take place in , on a different , or in a different or Some Famous Examples

Ender’s Game


A Wrinkle in Time



starwars.ea.com/starwars/galaxy-of-heroes/news Red Rising (series) by

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his and sweat will one day result in a better for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. The series by

For twelve thousand years the has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future -- to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire -- both scientists and scholars -- and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun -- or fight them and be destroyed. The Boy Who Would Live Forever by

Stan and Estrella, two young people from , journey to the asteroid looking for adventure, and discover each other during a flight in one of the ships the left behind when they explored our . Stan and Estrella settle among the Heechee on a planet in the galactic core, never suspecting that the two of them may be the last, best hope to save the and Heechee in the core from destruction by a crazed madman. DYSTOPIA

http://www.deviantart.com/browse/all/?q=dystopia Elements of Dystopia

● Futuristic society where the illusion of perfection is maintained through oppressive control ● Natural world is banished/distrusted ● Citizens conform to standard expectations ● questions the existing systems ● Worst case scenario ● Make a commentary about current trends, political systems, or societal norms Some Famous Examples

Hunger Games


The 5th Wave

The Giver


Fahrenheit 451 Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

Twenty years ago, the designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their on us.

Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a controlled by their greatest . Tomorrow When the Began by John Marsden

When Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they find things hideously wrong — their are . Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in their town has been prisoner. As the of the situation hits them, they must make a decision — run and hide, give themselves up and be with their families, or fight back. by Marie Lu

What was once the is now home to the , a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. Questions?