Experiment with Our Favorite Sci-Fi Books for 4th-6th Graders

Strap on your lab goggles, fire up the robot engines, and grab your magical compass—Literati’s blasting off to the sci-fi universe!

From black holes to robot battles, these Club Phoenix selections will thrill budding scientists. 

Complex topics, like technological ethics of the future, become approachable (and even fun) with a sprinkle of imagination. Add in a relatable protagonist, and you’ve got every 4th to 6th grader hooked.

Got your seatbelt fastened? Then let’s launch our rockets and explore the best science fiction books for kids ages nine to twelve. 

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret – Crack the Code to Open This Adventure

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Forget book reports—at Explorer Academy, students are graded on their code-cracking, obstacle coursing, and virtual-reality explorations. But for new pupil Cruz, this elite school has a few more challenges up its sleeves…  

These hallways hold dark family secrets of Cruz’s past, threatening his safety. How will he balance schoolwork with finding an unknown enemy? It’ll take Cruz’s expert explorer skills (and some help from friends) to find out.

With solvable puzzles, Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret is the perfect book for those who need a little brain challenge to stay engaged. Get your young scientist in on the journey, and give them Trudi Truett’s full-throttle adventure.

The Last Human – An Apocalyptic Tale of Bravery and Dark Humor

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In robot XR_935’s world, humans are creatures of the past—man was so last century. Now, machines rule the earth. And as far as XR sees, that’s for the better. 

That is, until the impossible happens: XR discovers a 12-year-old girl—a human girl. 

Emma must convince XR to help navigate a mysterious map, or else risk her demise. Can one human rescue the fate of her entire species? Or is humankind lost for good to its own machinery?

The Last Human is one of the best kids books to stretch imaginations, capturing themes like morality and societal norms. Sprinkles of humor and plenty of action will keep your reader flipping pages like a reading machine!

The Homework Machine – Man vs. Machine vs. Math Homework

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A nerd, a wisecracker, a goody-two-shoes, and a slacker. What could these four possibly have in common? 

They all share one secret: the homework machine.

In this cross-clique adventure, the D Squad is on a mission to hide their magical creation (lovingly known as Belch). But as Belch grows in power, the squad races to hide their invention from fellow fifth graders—or worse, their teachers.

In The Homework Machine, it’s a classic humans vs. technology battle. Will the squad be able to control their machine? Or will they lose their special tool… and also their top grades? Your favorite young reader will cackle with every page of this hilarious sci-fi adventure.

George’s Secret Key to the Universe – The Every-Kid’s Guide to Space

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Who else besides Stephen Hawking could make black holes fun? Strap into your imaginary space shuttle, and soar through George’s Secret Key to the Universe!

With the help of a mystical computer, young George and his scientist friends use space-bending portals to explore the great unknown. Now, he’s on a mission to study the universe’s mysteries, from volatile atoms to fantastic planets to black holes. 

Mixing space science with a charming plot, George’s Secret Key to the Universe is the perfect gateway to the cosmos. The combo of Hawking’s deep knowledge and his journalist daughter’s prose keep this book approachable yet utterly fascinating for young astronauts.

EngiNerds – For the Rambunctious Robot-Lover

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Ken, Dan, and their friends are your typical geek squad. Or as they prefer to say, the EngiNerds. They love a good sci-fi TV show, math homework, and all things machine. 

But Dan has a little surprise for his fellow nerd comrades—the robotic invention, Greeeg.

Dan’s Greeeg models first seem like a dream come true. Who wouldn’t want a chore-completing bot? But as Ken discovers, this amateur creation has a few bugs… and a gigantic appetite to match. Now, it’s up to the EngiNerds and their robotic skills to destroy these food-blasting creations. In the battle of humans vs. Greeegs, who will take the geek crown?

Humor, wit, and good ‘ol nerd appreciation fill every page of EngiNerds. It’s one of the best books for fourth graders to laugh and feel at home among fellow science-lovers.

Keep calm, and nerdy on. 

Our Hypothesis? Your Child Will Love Our Club Phoenix Books

Sometimes, kids need a hint of fun to stay interested in reading. After all, imagination is one of our greatest learning tools—and what’s science fiction without a little (or really, a lot of) imagination? For budding astronauts and engineers alike, these sci-fi books will make the library seem as cool as the school lab. 

And don’t forget to check out more Club Phoenix books! With careful consideration and expert guidance, our Literati team handpicked the best books for 4th to 6th graders. No matter your kid’s passion, there’s a read that’ll keep them on the edge of their seats.

Just keep an eye on their experiments going forward, and remind your kid it’s important to program morality into their chore-completing robots (these books will certainly demonstrate why!).  

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