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Grease Monkey

by Tim Eldred

Published by Tor, 2006
352 pages
ISBN: 0765313251

Age 14 and older

Robin is a spaceship mechanic in a futuristic intergalactic Military space station. The galaxy is temporarily at peace due to the intervention of an unknown Benefactor, yet battalions still train in preparation for another colossal battle. Robin is a dedicated to his boss, Mac, who happens to be a gorilla, and to the all-woman squadron they support: The Barabarians, led, of course, by Barbara. As silly as this graphic novel may sound, it explores deep issues, including themes of racial equity and scientific ethics (why did the gorillas choose to receive the intelligence acceleration and the dolphins not?). And like all teens, Robin’s coming of age includes separation from his father, and hard lessons about true friendship and loyalty. Dian Fossey makes an appearance, as does “Russ Lipbalm,” and clever readers will find allusions to other contemporary issues and people. Told in short episodes or chapters, Eldred combines elements of almost every genre, including science fiction, comedy, romance, and adventure.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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