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Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity (Astronaut Academy #1)

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Hakata Soy's past life as the leader of a futuristic super team won't stay in the past!

The former space hero is doing his best to keep his head down at Astronaut Academy. Things aren't going so great, though. The most popular girl in school has it in for him. His best friend won't return his calls. And his new roommate is a complete jock who only cares about Fireball.

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by First Second
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Renata
Mar 17, 2014 Renata rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, graphic-novel
What a funny, weird little story! I don't really know what I thought this was about, but I wasn't expecting it to be so gleefully goofy. Great for tweens-adults, includes a diverse & adorable cast of little space students who take classes in stuff like "Anti-Gravity Gymnastics" and "Driving Dinosaurs." More than anything this reminded me of Scott Pilgrim Jr, but in space.

Also I would just like to mention that there is a panel where a robot speaks entirely in Tori Amos references: "Caught a
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Scruffy
Feb 19, 2012 Scruffy rated it really liked it
Hakata Soy is a young former space hero just starting out at the space based Astronaut Academy. Starting with this simple premise we are introduced to a large cast of characters and many inter-weaving plot lines. The book is made up of lots of short stories told from alternating perspectives all of which are connected to tell a larger story. Because of the structure of the book I found it best to be read in short bursts rather than straight through.

Astronaut Academy is very funny. I often find c
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Patrice Sartor
A group of students are in space at the Astronaut Academy, learning about science, math, how to properly float in space and (for at least one student) how to throw a fireball that could save your life. Each short chapter focuses on one character's perspective, and through the course of the book we become familiar with many residents at Astronaut Academy. The main one is Hakata Soy, who truly does sport a fantastic hair-do, which leads some of the girls to swoon. Some flashbacks from Hakata's pre ...more
Claire
Synopsis

Hakata Soy's past life as the leader of a futuristic super team won't stay in the past!
The former space hero is doing his best to keep his head down at Astronaut Academy. Things aren't going so great, though. The most popular girl in school has it in for him. His best friend won't return his calls. And his new roommate is a complete jock who only cares about Fireball.
Hakata just wants to make a fresh start. But how will he find time to study Anti-Gravity Gymnastics and Tactical Randomnes
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Jerzy Drozd
Jul 25, 2011 Jerzy Drozd rated it it was amazing
I picked up his book while Dave was in town for Kids Read Comics, and I’ve been reading it over and over ever since. It’s one of those rare comics aimed at young people written and drawn by a guy who actually remembers what it’s like to be a kid. The comic is filled with an exuberant sincerity, the characters are super fun, and the jokes have that rascally sweetness that you rarely find outside of a Muppets special back when Jim Henson was alive.
The story is about a group of students attending a
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Eti
Jul 22, 2012 Eti rated it it was amazing
Dave Roman knows something about layers. Like a delicious parfait, Astronaut Academy is a hilarious romp through outer space guaranteed to delight both adult and child readers. The characters are parts adorable, quirky, and deep. Told through short vignettes that delve into the lives of each character, Astronaut Academy allows readers to see the entire picture of the academy and see how it all fits together. Honestly, it defies description but trust me when I say that it should be devoured like ...more
Henok Yoseph
Jun 04, 2015 Henok Yoseph rated it it was amazing
Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman is about a kid named Hakata Soy who goes to a school in outer space and abandoning his best friends. He saw his dorm room which had someone inside whom didn't seem nice who goes by the name Tak. He makes friends with two rival girls who have some kind of crush on him. Their names are Mariblle(the rich and smart) and Miyumi(the fair one). Hakata knew that his life would not be the same again.

Dave Roman uses a weird type of point-of-view. He uses mainly 3rd person
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Toby
Feb 22, 2014 Toby rated it it was amazing
it was funny & most of all i liked the fire ball tournament & it looks rely interesting & i wish i could play fire ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Rose White
Oct 20, 2015 Rose White rated it it was amazing
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Amy
Jul 29, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Dave Roman's work and I found ASTRONAUT ACADEMY: ZERO GRAVITY to be a delightful and cute graphic novel for younger readers with clever homages to classic comic, gaming, and sci-fi tropes that older readers (like me) would notice and find awesome.

I especially like the diversity of the kid characters, particularly that two of the main characters (Miyumi San and Hakata Soy) are people of color. And during the holiday party Hakata Soy is wearing a yarmulke! There's a little someth
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Betsy
Dec 18, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: It may take you 50% of the book to get into this one, but once you've successfully processed what Roman's doing with the language the book is tons of fun and silly to the point of mental instability.
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Six words: Children's Notable Graphic Novels Selection List. That is all.
Edward Sullivan
Entertaining silliness in outer space.
Dolly
Oct 29, 2015 Dolly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
I had a really hard time getting into this book. The stories just seem so fragmented and disjointed. And the characters are too stereotypical; I never felt any connection to them. I struggled to finish the book.

Still, I appreciate that the author's work has been in manga and other popular comics. And I love his wife's work (is that even a good reason?!?) - so I will give the sequel to this book a try (especially since we've already borrowed it from the library). But I doubt I'll pursue other wo
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Star Kwafie
Oct 21, 2015 Star Kwafie rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A funny, weird, meta book. There are elements of science fiction, fantasy, and realistic contemporary (even though it's set in space). I liked how it switched between characters and told a lot of different stories. My favorite was Doug Hiro. :)

I also think it was interesting how love was more of a literal concept—characters had tangible "hearts" that could be broken, given away, kept safe, mended, etc. A fascinating idea.

The time travel aspect was pretty confusing, too, but overall it was a fun
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Becky B
Well, that was...different.
So there is an overarching plot to this book...eventually. This crime-fighting kid gets sent to Astronaut Academy by his parents and his arch-nemeses send a killer robot after him. That's the main framework, but it doesn't really show up until 80% of the way through the book and then the last 10% of the book is epilogues, so that should give you a picture of how much tight plot line you can expect. Overall, there's a bunch of random little vignettes to (I think) help y
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Arianna
Sep 18, 2011 Arianna rated it liked it
Welcome to Astronaut Academy, a boarding where students learn important skills such as anti-gravity gymnastics, fire throwing, advanced heart studies and Spanish. It's also where Hakata Soy, former space hero, has been sent by his parents. Unfortunately, his enemies won't leave him alone! With the help of his new friend Miyumi San, he'll try to make it through his first semester.



This was pretty silly. It was also very tongue and cheek in a way I enjoyed but I think most middle school students,
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Nicola Mansfield
Jul 02, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
Reason for Reading: It sounded like a lot of fun.

This tells of the happenings of first semester at Astronaut Academy. Opening with the official promotional guide the principal shows off the school and then we start off with the main character Hakata Soy arriving at the school a month late due to his former status as a space hero. Then in a unique way, each short "chapter" starts off with "My name is ...." and is told from the point of view of various different classmates, the occasional teacher
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Tiffany
May 11, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
I received my copy of this book as an advance read through the first reads program.

I must say, while I am a sixteen year old girl with little interest in the majority of young adult books, this graphic novel for 10-14 year old boys took me by surprise. The humor was witty, the illustrations were adorable, the story was easy to relate to and I quickly fell in love with the quirky dialogue. Bravo.

The story of Astronaut Academy primarily revolves around Hakata Soy. Though Hakata was previously a su
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Bruce
Jan 01, 2012 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It can be tough being a student in outer space, even if you have really cool hair, because someone might hit it with a sonic fireball and burn it all off. Even if you’re the richest and most pretty girl at Astronaut Academy, your arch rival might get to the cute new boy in school before you have a chance to introduce yourself. And even if you’re the cute new boy in school you might get stuck with a stuck up roommate, and no one will care that you were part of a Meta-Team that can transform into ...more
P D
Jul 06, 2013 P D rated it really liked it
A fun read for all ages! If you're a kid then hopefully you can appreciate the sheer wonderfulness that is education in space, such as classes that involve DINOSAURS, and there's a decent side dish of teen flirtations...and if you're my age or older, you can appreciate all the shoutouts to 80s-90s cartoons, especially the ones coming straight from Japan, as well as live-action stuff like the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

You can read the blurb for a general idea of what this is about, although I
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fanazuma
Apr 08, 2015 fanazuma rated it did not like it
Disappointing.

At first I thought I would give this to Kumohitam's brother, but I won't even do that.

I know this is a book for kids and/or young adult, but putting aside the childish tone of the book, the jokes aren't even funny.

Examples:
"Just because Maribelle crossed the finish line first, does not make her a true winner. You see, class, Maribelle forgot the most important part of dinosaur driving! Wearing your CUTE LITTLE HAT!" Um. Okay. (and no, this hat isn't a helmet so if you're trying t
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Reader
Jan 01, 2011 Reader rated it really liked it
Wow! You ain't never seen anything quite like this before. On the surface this is a graphic novel tale of Hakata Soy, former space superhero, now a regular kid attending Astronaut Academy like a bunch of his fellows. Unfortunately for Soy, his past is sneaking up on him and he's going to have to work through a lot of his own issues before he can truly be happy with his fellow (rather crazy) classmates. That's the basic story as it stands, but Dave Roman has added some truly bizarre elements of h ...more
Jimmy
Nov 04, 2011 Jimmy added it
Western Humanities Book review

Paragraph One: plot summary

My book takes place in the future where kids will go to school in space and learn about future things such as wearing cute hats, zero gravity gymnastics, and also run-on sentences. The main character in this book is Hakata Soy, a new student to Astronaut Academy, was a I guess you could say “space ranger” fighting these bird like people that are constantly terrorizing someone. As the plot develops new people join in the story and sort of
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Stacey
Graphic Novel
The Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman chronicles the lives of the students at a space school. Hakata Soy, former space hero, is laying low at the academy, but unfortunately he cannot remain hidden for long, a robotic doppelganger has been sent to annihilate him. We also meet other students and hear about the ins and out of their life at space academy including the rivalries and romances. This is the first in a series.
My students may not know, but I am not a die-hard grap
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Sarah W
May 18, 2011 Sarah W rated it liked it
Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity is a science fiction graphic novel for the middle school audience. Hakata Soy arrives at the academy a month after the start of fall semester. On his first day he finds himself paired with an unsympathetic roommate and narrowly avoids giving his origins story in class. He stumbles into the ongoing feud between dissatisfied ultra-rich Mirabelle Melonberry and Miyumi San. The adults are often illogical and the students melodramatic in this light-hearted fare. The ch ...more
Wandering Librarians
Welcome to Astronaut Academy, a boarding where students learn important skills such as anti-gravity gymnastics, fire throwing, advanced heart studies and Spanish. It's also where Hakata Soy, former space hero, has been sent by his parents. Unfortunately, his enemies won't leave him alone! With the help of his new friend Miyumi San, he'll try to make it through his first semester.



This was pretty silly. It was also very tongue and cheek in a way I enjoyed but I think most middle school students,
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Cemeread
Zero Gravity is the first book in a new series of graphic novels that take place in space. This one is older than our other space related graphic novels. The story focuses on the students, who seem to all have crushes on other students, and teachers of the school. The dialog in the book was a bit awkward. It reads almost like it was translated from Japanese, the way people for whom English is a second language might translate literally or phrase words differently. I tried to think of it as being ...more
Andy Shuping
May 12, 2011 Andy Shuping rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I got this through Goodreads Giveaway program (yay!)

Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity is the first of at least two planned books (the sequel probably coming out next year). It tells the story of Hakata Soy as the new kid at Astronaut Academy as he settles into the school and gets used to his classmates (who honestly, are just a wee bit weird) and tries to catch up to his classwork (he was held captive by his archenemies for a few weeks so was late to the start of school.) And as he settles in he d
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Anoush Emrazian
Apr 03, 2016 Anoush Emrazian rated it it was amazing
This was so fun! Hakata Soy is a young boy sent to the Astronaut Academy by his parents. Even though he's a super hero, apparently he still needs to go to school. Many different students at the school and friends from his super hero days tell the story as they recount their encounters with Hakata Soy. There wasn't a whole lot of plot, but I really enjoyed the different characters and found the funny sort of grammar really cute. It felt like a slightly off translation into English and I loved it.
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Dave Roman is the author of several graphic novels including Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, Teen Boat!, Jax Epoch, and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and is the co-author of two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story. Roman is a graduate of the School of ...more
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