Friday, September 01, 2017

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

See You in the Cosmos is a book that can simultaneously make you smile at its endearing characters and ugly-cry during its most poignant moments. Told from the perspective of its young narrator, Alex Petroski, it’s an ode to many things: the wonder of science, the heartbreaking love for a pet, and the ever-evolving definition of what truly makes a family.

Eleven-year-old Alex (who’s at least thirteen in responsibility years, mind you) is obsessed with astronomy, especially rockets. His hero is the legendary cosmologist Carl Sagan, for whom Alex has named his dog. Inspired by his hero, Alex is on a mission to launch his golden iPod into space. On his iPod are audio recordings of his reflections and experiences on Earth.

Through those recordings, the reader is introduced to Alex’s successful but distant older brother; the beloved rescue mutt, Carl Sagan; and Alex’s mother, who frequently has “quiet days,” leaving Alex to fend mostly for himself.

Accompanied by his faithful dog, Alex travels to an annual rocket festival to meet up with his fellow space-nerd buddies. Hijinks quickly ensue. Although Alex’s gaze has been fixed so intently on the possibility of alien life, he soon finds himself on a journey that leads him to learn much more about life on Earth than he ever set out to find.

This character-driven book easily has crossover appeal, from middle-grade readers up to adults. Search the VBPL catalog for See You in the Cosmos. If you enjoy this book, you might also like Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

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