Several years after an alien invasion of Earth by an army of bug soldiers, six-year-old Ender Wiggin is recruited to prepare for the next attack by attending battle school at a space station. Ender must struggle to keep his humanity as he deals with emotional isolation, rivalry among students, and the ever-increasing pressure of combat simulations. This book explores concepts of physics, entomology, psychology, computer science, and space travel and raises questions about the morality of modern warfare. Learn more!
From under-sea pioneers to post-apocalyptic animal plagues, the novels of Kat Falls are ripe with STEM concepts to explore. STEM Teen Read looks at the science and technology behind Dark Life and Rip Tide and give you a sneak peek at Kat's newest novel, Inhuman. Check out our conversation with Kat Falls at STEMfest 2013 on YouTube.
STEM concepts: The Dark Life Series: Oceanography, marine biology, engineering, biosonar and echolocation. Inhuman: Transgenic diseases.
In Ashfall, the supervolcano under Yellowstone erupts, blanketing much of the United States in a thick, deadly layer of ash. As society begins to break down under the strain of the disaster, one boy must make his way across Iowa to reunite with his family. This coming-of-age tale explores concepts of volcanology, physics, engineering, and food science, and also raises questions about the true cost of survival and the importance of holding on to humanity in the face of cataclysmic events.
Battling cancer at the age of 16 is not easy, but Hazel copes in unusual ways like indulging her wild sense of humor. She really does not look forward to her weekly Cancer Support Group meetings with other young patients, not until Augustus Waters comes along. Being alive and being in love are most important to Hazel and Gus. They have to deal with cancer, doctors, and hovering parents, but they care far more about each other.
In the novel, Hazel says, “cancer books suck.” The Fault in Our Stars isn’t a cancer book. It is a book about unusual teenagers whose daily challenges and adventures are more engaging and funnier than vampires, werewolves, vicious robots, or flying dragons.
STEM Teen Read is exploring the world of Ashes.
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
All July, the STEM Teen Read is exploring the world of Scott Westerfeld’s Peeps.
In Peeps, vampirism is caused by a blood parasite. When the main character, 19-year-old Cal, is infected with the parasite, he must track down everyone he spread the virus to and find the mysterious woman who infected him.
Along the way, Cal has to battle blood-thirsty savages, explore New York’s rat-infested sewers, and deal with the raging parasite inside him. Cal gets help from a young journalism student, but will she become his next girlfriend or his next victim?
This fun, fast-paced detective story puts a new spin on the vampire legend and explores scientific concepts of real-live parasites and epidemiology.
In honor of Kat Falls' visit to STEMfest, we morphed some of our visitors into human-animal hybrids. In Kat's novel, people infected with a transgenic disease begin to take on characteristics of the animals that infected them.
Were you infected with the Inhuman virus at STEMfest? Find your manimal ID here.