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Author: Liss, David
[Number 1] A twelve-year-old boy is chosen to join a four-person applicant team to work towards membership in the Confederation of United Planets, and stumbles across conspiracies resembling science fiction he's been a fan of his entire life.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.00
Points: 22.0 Quiz: 181715
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 6.50
Points: 31.0 Quiz: 66345
Kirkus Reviews (05/15/15)
School Library Journal (08/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2015 Gr 5–8—Sixth-grader Zeke Reynolds is a second generation science fiction geek, so when he gets a top-secret opportunity to spend a year on a space station along with three other Earth kids, he leaps at it. It turns out that his fellow humans are all talented geniuses who shun Zeke for being the "random" pick, but on the space station, Zeke befriends two other young randoms of different species. Together, they set about trying to rack up skill points for themselves and their worlds, while simultaneously uncovering a deadly conspiracy that is undermining the Confederation of United Planets. Zeke may be a geek, but he's no nerd; his readiness with a clever retort or a bon mot makes for a formidable character and an entertaining read. The cliff-hanger ending promises more space shenanigans for Zeke and his friends. VERDICT Fans of science fiction and nonstop action alike will enjoy this smart, light adventure that brims with allusions to a variety of sci-fi movies and TV shows old and new.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.