Once upon a Space-Time!

Crown. (Space-Time: Bk. 1). Jun. 2020. 240p. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9780553534351.
Gr 3-7–Brown kicks off a new graphic novel science fiction series about kid astronauts exploring the universe. Ever since first contact was made by an alien race in the year 2206, a group of extraordinary students have been given the opportunity to study at the Earth School for Space Mission Preparation. When it’s announced that two Earth children will be sent to Mars to work with alien kids, a competition is held to find the best of the best. Petra, a prankster who feels she doesn’t live up to her overachieving siblings, and Jide, a perfectionist with helicopter parents, are chosen for the mission. An eclectic mix of side characters including a celebrity astronaut, helpful robots, alien kids with unique abilities, and a goofball from a cloned race of aliens all named Tobey result in many fun side stories and one-liners. A mix of scientific facts and humor makes the first book in this series both educational and entertaining. Brown’s fans will not be disappointed and will enjoy the cartoonish line drawings, crammed with speech bubbles.
VERDICT Another great addition from Brown. Middle grade readers will anxiously await the next installment.

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