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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
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...more
Scruffy
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...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...more
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
Jerzy Drozd
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...more
Eti
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
Toby
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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Candice M (tinylibrarian)
Six words: Children's Notable Graphic Novels Selection List. That is all.
Edward Sullivan
Entertaining silliness in outer space.
Arianna
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,...more
Nicola Mansfield
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...more
Tiffany
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...more
Bruce
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
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...more
fanazuma
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...more
Reader
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
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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...more
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...more
Sarah W
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,...more
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
Andrew Shuping
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...more
Nick
This grapic novel is made up of a wide range of short vignettes, most of which are very goofy. Once in a while, something serious sneaks in. Really, the book would be about a 3 1/2 star rating, but the format of the stories kept me from giving it 4. The goofiness sometimes takes over at the wrong point in a story, and gets distracting at a few wrong moments. Still, the overall book is fun.
The premise is that the characters are attending school on a space station, for reasons that made sense to t...more
Rach
A super cute little book about the students at Astronaut Academy. The art is adorable, and I really enjoyed the unique characters. This book felt less like a novel and more like a series of connected short stories, as we got to know the different characters. I love how the characters' lives intertwine with one another, and I love the straightforward, almost blunt, way that most of the characters speak. It feels true to the way kids are, for the most part: without artifice, saying what they think...more
Ms. Patterson
Hakata Soy is the mysterious new boy at Astronaut Academy. He arrived about a month into the semester and isn't willing to share much about himself. Hakata finds himself amidst an eclectic group of students, including a spoiled rich girl with a crush on him, a roommate only interested in sports, a girl with an affinity for always showing up at the right time, and a robot out to destroy him.

The story starts off extremely entertaining and somewhat humorous, but about 100 pages into it, I started t...more
Emily
I kept reading this book, hoping it would get better, but it felt like the meeting scene in 2001: Space Odyssey mixed with a nightmare. Seriously, the sentence structure was so horrible it made me dizzy trying to figure out what in the world the author was saying. It reads like someone put Japanese in Google Translate, rather than actual Manga sentence structure. If anything, it feels like an insult to Manga, rather than a parody of it.
Beth
Jun 07, 2011 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone 7 and older
Recommended to Beth by: Goodreads winner!
My 11 year old son read this book and here is his review:

"I liked the book because it was funny, interesting, and odd at the same time. My favorite character is Hakata Soy because he was in like a team of super hero robots, and he saved the bunny planet from the evil bird people. I actually laughed out loud a little bit reading this book. I thought it was a fairly quick read and I'm a slow reader. The book actually kept my atention and I usually don't really like to read. I would recommend this...more
Meredith
Astronaut Academy, I'm still not sure how I feel about you.

I want to be all kinds in love with this GN, and it was definitely funny at times, but something just seemed "off" about it--like it wasn't quite ready for the presses yet. I'm not sure that kids or teens will understand the jokes the characters make, or the references they drop. I also thought the plot was too scattered to easily follow. Frequently, I found myself thinking, "I don't even know what's going on in this scene." On several o...more
Daniel Clark
I had trouble getting into this story. I understand that I may not be the target audience for this book as I am not a teenager, but I still thought some of elements missed the mark. I thought the pacing of the shorter stories was made the characters seem weak and often the pay off joke at the end was not funny at all. overall I felt it was trying to do so many small things well that it missed the boat in developing a big picture.
Kayla
I really enjoyed this book. It'a a collection of shorter stories and was easy to read in between reading other books. I can see this as a tv series on cartoon network, with the shorter stories of the different characters and the longer story line of Hakata Soy. Not to mention the artwork is adorable. I think my favorite character so far is Doug Hiro.
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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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