Let’s Go to the Moon (Adult/Teen)

By Skokie Staff Bibliocommons Readers Advisory

In celebration of Summer Reading, let's go to the Moon. These books can take you to space and different realms and worlds without you having to leave your home. Blast off!

  • Astronomy

    2017 by Maran, Stephen P.

    For the basics, the Dummies series of books are hard to beat. Get a thorough overview before heading off into the wild blue yonder.

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  • Astrophysics for People in A Hurry

    2017 by Tyson, Neil deGrasse

    A comprehensive overview by one of the 21st Century's most respected astrophysicists. Not as basic as the Dummies book, but still a general look at what space is about.

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  • Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

    1994 by Sagan, Carl

    In this sequel to his landmark space odyssey book, Cosmos, Sagan finishes his revolutionary journey through space and time.

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  • Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars

    2016 by Holt, Nathalia

    This book tells the true story of the group of ladies known as "human computers" and how they overcame numerous obstacles to claim their role in space history.

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  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    2010 by Roach, Mary

    To prepare for The Martian (the next book and first science fiction book on this list), read this first. Roach gives a highly intricate look at what it would be like to plan for life on Mars.

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  • The Martian: A Novel

    2014 by Weir, Andy

    An astronaut is left behind by his crew on Mars and he faces the daunting reality that he will have to learn to cope for several years in order to survive.

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  • 2001, A Space Odyssey

    2000 by Clarke, Arthur C.

    One of the most famous sci fi novels ever published, Clarke's masterpiece is, at its core, about the universe's reaction to humanity.

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  • Parable of the Sower

    2016 by Butler, Octavia E.

    "God is change" is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose unlikely prophet is an 18-year-old woman. Through her diary entries, she reveals the story of her life in a violent 21st century hell.

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  • Ender's Game

    2014 by Card, Orson Scott

    Alien attacks have almost wiped out the human species not once, but twice. To help ward off another attack, governments begin breeding military geniuses. Ender Wiggin is one of these geniuses.

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  • Interworld

    2013 by Gaiman, Neil

    Joey has the ability to switch between alternate dimensions but he soon comes into contact with several sinister forces that will do anything to have his power.

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  • The Curse of Chalion

    2006 by Bujold, Lois McMaster

    After he becomes the tutor to the sister of the heir to Chalion's throne, Lord Cazaril finds that his job also includes keeping the royal household safe from an ancient curse.

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  • The Fifth Season

    2015 by Jemisin, N. K.

    After her empire collapses, Essun, whose daughter has been kidnapped by her evil husband, crosses Stillness in a desperate attempt to save her daughter.

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