Thursday, December 16, 2010

YA Book Tour: Cosmic

When I was contacted about the opportunity to review the book Cosmic, and I read the synopsis, I knew it would be perfect for Aaron and Joshua. I have been on a search for young adult chapter books for them to read. I need books that are challenging for Joshua to read on his own, and a story to keep Aaron's interest. This one certainly fit the bill!

In Cosmic, the main character, Liam, convinces everyone he's the chaperone on the first spaceship to take civilians into space. Now if you know Aaron, you know how perfect this story is for him. He would LOVE to be on the first spaceship taking civilians into space. For him, it would be the opportunity of a lifetime. Since the boys have all been sick recently, we've had more time to sit and read together. Even when they were feeling really yucky, this book made them laugh. Hysterically. They loved it so much, that we purchased an additional copy for Joshua's book exchange at school. I have included the synopsis below, and I must say that if you know a young boy ready for the chapter book phase of reading, this is one to include on their gift list!

Liam has always felt a bit like he's stuck between two worlds.   This is primarily because he's a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he's about thirty. Sometimes it's not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it's just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It's not long before Liam, along with his friends, is stuck between two worlds again--only this time he's 239,000 miles from home. Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of MILLIONS and FRAMED, brings us a funny and touching story of the many ways in which grown-upness is truly wasted on grown-ups.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Edify Media. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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