Tesla’s Attic, Edison’s Alley, and Hawking’s Hallway, from the Accelerati Trilogy, by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman
When our campus became a STEM academy, I decided to create special sections for both STEM Non-Fiction and STEM Fiction books to inspire all of our students in the sciences.
Imagine my disappointment to discover that novels whose plots center on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math were few and far between.
For a few years, at the beginning of this new millennium, contemporary novels for tweens were sad and even disturbing. Dystopia reigned supreme. While that genre is compelling, it’s not appropriate for the steady reading diet of a pre-teen.
But, then, as if by magic, a new crop of authors began writing realistic and engaging fiction, and I couldn’t put them on my wishlist fast enough. Now, new authors are recognizing a market for STEM Fiction tailored for Intermediate and Middle School students!
So, as I sit here on the day before our week-long Thanksgiving Break, cataloging a new batch of pretty new books, this para-librarian is feeling thankful for authors who are sitting down to write compelling STEM novels.
Even picture-book authors are getting into the swing of STEM, and new non-fiction series have become available to inform and inspire the next generation of Science professionals.