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Space Case

by Stuart Gibbs

Published by Simon & Schuster, 2014
337 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒424-94862

Ages 8-12

In 2040, twelve-year-old Dash is one of twenty-two residents of Moon Base Alpha, the first moon colony. Most of them are scientists or technicians, like Dash抯 parents, although NASA is relying on space tourism to help pay the bills. Hence the obnoxious Norwegian family of four, unable to comprehend that wealth can抰 buy what there isn抰 room to bring along. When the mission抯 revered medical doctor dies on a solo, unplanned, early morning moonwalk not long after Dash overheard him excitedly talking about a new discovery, the base commander is among those unwilling to believe Dash抯 suspicion of murder. Then a supply rocket arrives with security officer Zan Perfonic. She secretly asks Dash to investigate, and he enlists the help of new arrival Kira. While the mystery fuels the plot, it抯 almost secondary to the fun of exploring Stuart Gibbs抯 imagined future: Sure, Dash and his fellow residents may be pioneers, and Kira helps Dash remember the thrill in that, but there抯 no glamor in life on the moon, even though NASA抯 PR department would have everyone on earth think otherwise. There is great gender equity, however, and the equality of men and women, as well as the multiracial reality of life in 2040 (the Norwegians are unusual for being white) are among the things it抯 wonderful to see taken as typical twenty-five years from now.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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