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Space Case

(Moon Base Alpha #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  9,609 ratings  ·  1,192 reviews
It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School that The New York Times Book Review called “a delightful and brilliantly constructed middle grade thriller.”

Like his fellow lunarnauts—otherwise known as Moonies—living on Moon Base Alpha, twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for
ebook, 352 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes, I'm the author of this book, though I'm not writing a review of it. I'm just pointing out that some of the earliest reviews of 'Space Case' weren't actually reviews at all. They couldn't be, because no one had read the book when they were posted -- except for me and my editor. According to Goodreads, these 'reviews' might be 'readers indicating their desire to read this book,' although since none of them have added text, I don't know if that's true or not. For all I know, they may have simp ...more
Space Case is the first installment in Stuart Gibbs' middle-grade, science fiction series titled: Moon Base Alpha. This was required summer reading for my seventh grader and we decided to do a buddy read together. We both ended up really liking it and my son has already picked up the next book in the series. Some parts of Space Case were a bit slow in my opinion, but overall it was an engaging age-appropriate murder mystery with a surprising little plot twist added in. The "life on the moon" com ...more
Jennifer Tam
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this a while ago and as thought my 12 year old reluctant reader son might enjoy it but he didn’t want to read it at the time and he just started the 6th grade and brought it home from the library and read it so fast - in a couple of days - he has never done that and he LOVED it . I enjoyed it but will not read the rest of the series and he is already onto book 2 and wants to read all of this authors books - my older son read the Spy School series around this age and LOVED them ❤️
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One evening, my oldest little, aged 8, came to me with a very serious problem.

They did not have a book that he wanted to read at his school library.

This is indeed a problem that Mom can handle, relish even. Oldest little reads but really only because he knows he's supposed to. The reading love bug just hasn't bitten him yet despite my best efforts to lock him in his room surrounded by precarious stacks of the good stuff. Helping him track down a book at our local library because he wants to re
I read this book to see if my son might like it, and maybe he will, but this is definitely not one of those middle grade books that works for adults, too. The plot is simplistic, the worldbuilding is deeply flawed, and the ending is ... well, bad. (No spoilers here, but: it’s bad, people.)

Dashiell is a 12 year old who lives on the moon, where everything is extremely boring and awful. (And fair play to him: the base sounded claustrophobic and dangerous, plus poorly designed, and it is deeply ridi
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book I have read by this author. Really enjoying these books. The first one I read was Poached. Just like that one, Space Case is a quick read. I get lost in these books (in a good way). All of the characters just jump off teh pages and the storylines are great. However, I have to say that in this book, the mystery surrounding the case is better. It was more serious. Whereas in Poached, I felt like there was no real mystery. In fact, I would call Poached more of a comedy read ...more
Kristen Beverly
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy through my job. This is a cute story. It's a little bit long and drawn out, but a nice little murder mystery for the YA crowd. I enjoyed it.

Also, I love the covers of Stuart Gibbs' books. They are really great and unique. I always know it's one of his books just by the artwork!
Feb 07, 2021 added it
This book seems sci-fi and unrealistic, but I think that there is a fat chance that something like this would happen in a short time like 2041. Stuart Gibbs thought a lot about the content and the designs of living on the Moon! By writing the storyline, the author also reveals society's corrupted state and unfairness. For example, the story states indirectly that people get more attention, care, and privilege because they are rich, which makes others suffer. ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
When I first saw this book on my book app I thought it might be a cozy mystery for adults and I was little wary that I wouldn't like this as much when I saw it was a middle grade. However I found it maybe even more cozy and a fun adventure in space. A middle grade here and there is a great deal of fun and this is definitely a fun book. Curious about the other books in the series ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dashiell isn't thrilled about living on the moon with his scientist parents in the first ever permanent moon base, but he realizes that despite the cramped and unpleasant conditions, he is making history. When the base physician, Dr. Holtz, takes an unauthorized outing out onto the surface of the moon and is killed because his suit wasn't on properly, there is lots of conjecture. Did he have space madness? Was he depressed? Or was someone trying to kill him? Dashiell wouldn't have thought much o ...more
Aaron C
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought that Space Case by Stuart Gibbs was a alright mystery/sci-fi book. I liked the background of the story, it was really interesting. There was good description of the place where they lived. Also, I thought that the author described the characters really well. They had interesting personalities that added to the story. However, there was a lot to not like in this book. For one, the writing was pretty simple and while it had good description, it wasn't very interesting. Also, the mystery ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book was weird at the start of the book and it was hard to make connection on who the killer was, but then as the book got started it was easier to make a connection on who the killer is. this book kept you interested and i really enjoyed that. It also kept you interested because there were many dramatic parts of the book that kept you wondering.
Clare Lund
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
12-year-old Dash and his parents are among the first human beings from Earth to inhabit the Moon. Unfortunately, as Dash explains, it sounds more interesting than it actually is. That is, until there is a murder to solve! Clever, funny, and fast-paced, this first book in the series can be enjoyed by readers 9 and up.
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A murder mystery in 2040 on Moon Base Alpha. 12-year-old Dash Gibson, is really bored, cooped up on Moon Base Alpha, with his scientist parents and younger sister. While voiding a horrific meal, he overhears one of the other scientists (Dr. Holtz) speaking excitedly about a big discovery. The next morning, he is found dead, having gone on a moonwalk without securing his spacesuit. Suicide is blamed, but Dash suspects foul play and starts his own investigation over the strident objections of the ...more
Teresa Scherping Moulton
Twelve-year-old Dashiell and his family are some of the first people to ever live on the moon. Sounds amazing, right? Not according to Dash. He thinks life at Moon Base Alpha... kind of sucks. There's the uncomfortable inflatable beds and chairs (regular furniture is too heavy to transport), the terrible rehydrated food (no fire for cooking allowed), and don't even get him started on the toilets. Plus, in such a small space with so many restrictions for kids, there's nothing to do. All that chan ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, vine
I got this book thinking that even if it was bad, it would still be good, right? You've got a kid who's grumpy about living on the moon, and a murder, and of course the adults will all not investigate for silly adult reasons so it'll be down to our little Junior Sherlock Holmes to suss it out and bring villains to justice. Either it would be genuinely engaging, or so campy as to be a comedy read.


I mean, the author ticks all the boxes. The kid's got reasons to be less than enthused about lun
Michelle Metzler
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, mind-blown
As a bookseller, who loves realistic science fiction, it's hard to find great science fiction titles to recommend to kids. When I was growing up I was often bored with science fiction written for kids. I would have to describe what I read back then more as fantasy then science.

Thank the shelves for Stuart Gibbs! I already recommended many of his books for mystery lovers but now I have my go to for the science fiction loving kid!

I was pulled into the story by both the authenticity of the settin
Azita Rassi
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-ya
Although it's not a YA book that you can lose yourself in as an adult, I can easily imagine how I'd have enjoyed it at the age of 12, give or take a couple of years. I especially liked the accuracy of its scientific info combined with a rare subtlety that prevents readers from feeling themselves being lectured at. ...more
Noah Koh
Full of humor. Always makes the reader surprised!
Pam Schwartz
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Stuart Gibbs is popular for a reason. Spacecase is a murder mystery I would recommend to anyone, especially young boys as the protagonist is a middle-schooler who happens to be one of the first humans to live on the moon and doesn’t believe that the death of one of the scientists on the moon base was an accident. It has all the ingredients of a good detective story (red herrings, clue gathering, and an exciting conclusion) and it’s told in simple prose.

It’s also an apropos story for those of us
I was SO pleasantly surprised by this book! I am not generally a mystery reader but this one really held my attention, and I was shocked by the twist at the end, and definitely want to read the next book.

I did have some questions about the year that the book is set in. It was written in 2014 and set in 2040, but I felt like it should have been set in 2150 or something. I do not think, for example, that by 2040 we will be able to "cure" deafness, and sign language will not be some archaic form of
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

It is sad that Space Case by Stuart Gibbs didn't get a better cover. I can seeing it getting skipped over without a second glance, and that would just be sad because it is actually a fun science-ficition murder mystery.

Dash Gibson is a "Moonie" one of the first residences on the moon. His parents are both scientists working on the space station there. The government lured their family there with promises of adventure and historic fame. Th
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I have like all of Three Musketeers series and the Spy School series that Stuart writes so I wanted to give this book a try as well.

I like that the story takes place on a moon colony. You don't read to many stories like this in today's Middle School selections. I also am glad that Stuart did his research while writing this story to make it realistic enough that students could imagine being there someday. I like that he included excerpts f
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Dashiell Gibson lives on the moon with his family. The community on the moon is small--super small. And there are only a handful of kids in the community (Moon Base Alpha). That being just one of a hundred reasons why Dash absolutely hates his life. By the end of the book, readers could list dozens of reasons. The top two would probably be the HORRIBLE food and the HORRIBLE bathroom facilities. Going to the bathroom in space--on the moon--is a nightmare. And eating horrible tasting food that mak ...more
Hunter Satterfield
Another very creative and solid Stuart Gibbs series. This is book one where we find young Dash Gibson living on the first colony on the moon. Dash's parents are both scientists in the colony and very quickly into the story a main character dies and Dash suspects the character was murdered. From there it is good ole detective work from Dash in order to uncover the truth.

Unlike the Spy School series this first book really doesn't have any young adult content, though it does have young adult themes
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: middle grades sci fi or mystery requests, girl or boy
This is the sort of book I have felt lacking in the collection for a while. There has been so little real science fiction published lately that I'm really thrilled with this series opener. And to have it also be a mystery is just fantastic! Note that I said science fiction, not fantasy. We have fantasy coming out of our ears. Now I do love fantasy but we need to have a balanced collection and there has been so little actual sci fi published that I was rather worried. At least now I can go to thi ...more
Kari Burke
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A family review-- written by me, my 12 year old daughter, my 10 year old son, and my 6 year old daughter....

Space Case excited us at every turn of the page. It was a fabulous family read aloud. We all found it to be a great mystery full of silly humor, fascinating facts about the moon, and crazy characters all of whom seemed like possible suspects at one point or another. The cliff hanger chapter endings had us begging for more and some days Mommy read until her throat was raw! It was worth it t
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I thought the concept of a murder mystery on the moon was pretty cool. Dashiell "Dash" Gibson is a 12 year old whose parents were selected to live on the moon for 3 years. The parents are both scientist which NASA felt were essential for evaluating and testing living on a different atmosphere.

Dash happens to be in the community bathroom when the victim encounters his murderer. Dash thinks that the circumstances of the scientist death was suspicious based on the personality and occupation. A n
Interesting mystery/sci-fi mash up. I'd rate it higher, but I found one part of this book upsetting early on and the creep factor stuck with me as I was reading. When Dash discovers there are cameras everywhere on the moon base (even in the bathrooms) and that his friend Roddy has been hacking into the feed on his personal computer, Roddy says to him, "If you ever want to watch Lily Sjoberg getting ready for the shower, let me know." Dash isn't disturbed by this, as Lily "is certainly the most a ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I thought it was interesting to see the point of view of a young boy living on the moon. As you would assume living on the moon would be awesome, listening to the complaints of the main character may change your mind... slightly. In this murder mystery book, you would think one of the characters is the murderer, but maybe you're wrong. And then you become almost positive that it's this character, but you may also be wrong. Y'know what? maybe the whole crew on the moon was involved in murder. Mos ...more
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