Space Kids – The Journey of Hope by Alan Nettleton

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

Paperback, 86 pages

Published April 18th 2020


About this Book:

Four talented 12-year-olds, a robot and a dog have been chosen for a special mission. Sophie, Jack, Sahil and Leena knew they would be the first kids ever to go to space, and without adults, but what was supposed to be a routine trip turned into the greatest adventure in human history. This uplifting story inspires children to believe they can accomplish things that adults can only dream of and overcome the greatest of challenges. It provides us all with hope.

My Review:

“Be a force for good, Sophie. Make a difference.”

Imagine being 12 and getting a chance to go into space. It will be a dream come true, right? Except for all the hardships and figuring out what exactly you are supposed to do to get there and also come back without dying, it would be a pretty cool experience.

Well, Sophie, Sahil, Jack and Leena have got this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and they grabbed it with both hands. What seems like a great adventure is, in fact, much more.

It is a chance to prove oneself.

For Sophie, who is determined to achieve whatever she sets her eyes to, it is an exciting way to prove herself. I loved the conversation between Sophie and her mother. It showed the kind of support system that was a child needs. This middle-grade book makes for an interesting read and is sure to inspire a lot of children. It creates a perspective that anything is possible. What I loved about this book, apart from the strong-willed characters and absolutely positive outlook was the fact that the author, considering the #Blacklivesmatter movement decided to make Jack a black character.

#Blacklivesmatter

Jack is kinda like the backbone of the story. Without him, the entire trip to space wouldn’t even happen. So, it made me feel really happy that middle-grade books nowadays are inclusive and not just in a way to add supporting characters from marginalised sections.

Another interesting fact was that Sahil, an Indian character was given just as much space and he also stood out as a distinct character. The author tried to stay true to his Indian identity and portray him as such.

The only complaint I have is that this book wasn’t longer but considering its target readership, for an average middle-grader, it fits their attention span.

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