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Larklight by Philip Reeve
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Larklight features a brother/sister duo traveling around the solar system with space pirates, fighting off Space Spiders from Saturn, and trying to unravel a mystery about their family's home, a floating space station of sorts named Larklight. The story is reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, Captain Raptor and the Space Pirates, Enola Holmes, and Chasing Vermeer, but it seems to fall a little short on all those fronts. The storyline for the most part is predictable, except for the ending revelations which seem to come flying at the reading out of nowhere-- much like the villainous Space Spiders throughout the story. It's not a horrible read for a weekend beach trip, but it doesn't seem like a candidate for a favorite childhood memory in the future. Best for children 9-12, but some older readers might appreciate the Victorian-based humor that is mingled into the plot.
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