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A Brave New World?

People have been worrying about the future and describing the past as a kind of 'golden age' since the dawn of time. Along with information about time itself, you can find imaginative views of what lies ahead and humorous glimpses of a not-that-pleasant past at your local library. (You can also find some great books about how to act now so that the future isn't quite as scary.)

The Search for WondLa

The Search for WondLa

Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her. Features "augmented reality" pages, in which readers with a webcam can access additional information about Eva Nine's world.

The City of Ember

The City of Ember

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Among the Hidden

Among the Hidden

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

The Time Book: A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks

The Time Book: A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks

This book explores what time means and how it has been measured, from the waggles of a honeybee to the workings of an atomic clock.

Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time

Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time

Explores time and how we think about it in a different way - as a series of events in the natural world (some of them directly observable, others not) that take place in a given unit of time. What happens in a second? A gnat beats its wings 1000 times. A hummingbird beats its wings 75 times. A shrew's heart beats 13 times. A bat squeaks and listens for an echo 10 times. A dropped stone falls 16 feet. Earth travels 18 miles in its trip around the sun. A cheetah can run 100 feet.

The Kid's Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference

The Kid's Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference

Over 500 service ideas for young people who want to make a difference.

Messenger

Messenger

In this novel that unites characters from "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue," Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.

Knights of the Kitchen Table

Knights of the Kitchen Table

When Joe, Fred, and Sam are sent back in time by a magic book, they find themselves face-to-face with giants, dragons, wizards, and the Knights of the Round Table. Don't miss the rest of the hilarious adventures in the Time Warp Trio series.

The Emerald Atlas

The Emerald Atlas

Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.