Recommended sci-fi and fantasy reads, from the Columbus Metropolitan Library

THE DINOSAUR THAT POOPED A PLANET! by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter

In this lighthearted exploration of a friendship, Danny and Dinosaur explore the science and technology of space. With mentions of NASA, lovely rhyming and whimsical illustrations, this book is a wonderful read for late preschool and early elementary students. Full of funny and sweet moments—and a healthy amount of problem-solving—this book is an epic way to introduce a little science into your bedtime stories. FOR AGES 4-8

THE LAST FIREHAWK: THE EMBER STONE by Katrina Charman

Tag the Owl wants nothing more than to be an Owl of Valor, but as the smallest in his class, he has to try harder than anyone else. He and his squirrel friend, Skyla, work together to try to defeat the evil vulture, Thorn. Adventure ensues as they run from tiger bats in the caves, hatch a firehawk and try to find the Ember Stone—the key to defeating Thorn and the Shadow. FOR AGES 5-9

ENGINERDS by Jarrett Lerner

When a group of nerdy friends meets robots, chaos ensues. Kenny and his best friends become embroiled in a mystery of epic proportions when Kenny receives a mysterious box on his doorstep. Things get stranger when the box builds itself into a robot that eats everything in sight. On top of that, the robot refuses to listen to anything Kenny tells him. Kenny is not too worried until he finds out that Greeeg is not the only robot in town. Follow these nerds as they problem-solve, make jokes and build lasting—if sometimes reluctant—friendships. This book is a great read for fans of “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series and other similar titles. FOR AGES 7-11

THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron

Told in alternating formats, “The Forgetting” examines the relationship between fact and memory. Nadia wants desperately to be free from the constraints of her life in Canaan. But, more importantly, she wants to know what caused her father to leave her family at the time of the last Forgetting—an event when the whole community of Canaan forgets their entire personal history from the last 12 years. Everyone, that is, except Nadia. As Nadia's second Forgetting approaches, she cannot stomach the idea of her family not remembering who she is or who they are. Nadia grudgingly teams up with Gray, the boy she just can't shake, and they try to figure out why the Forgetting happens. Fast-paced, and with fantastic world-building, this story is an epic ride. FOR TEENS

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