If you love books. I hope you get a chance to attend a KidLitCon event. They are fantastic. I meet several fantastic authors. A couple more will be featured on this blog eventually. Please be patient. I also meet Phil Bildner, who has connected me to even more authors and he will be one of the featured authors at the 2019 Summit on Teaching YA Literature at UNLV. See the link at the bottom of the page.
Science and YA literature provide an opportunity for those students interested in science, experiments, and general exploration to find something books that explore the things they are interested in fiction. Too often we seem to force them to read within genres that don't match their interests.
To capture their interests, you might have your students explore Jon's Splice Yourself Page. There they can explore mixing species. They might even find an example of what they might look like mixed with their favorite animal.