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Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy

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PSS 118 is just your typical school--except that it's a rickety old spaceship orbiting Jupiter. When the school is mysteriously attacked, thirteen-year-old Jack receives a cryptic message from his father (the school's recently-fired-for-tinkering-with-the-ship science teacher). Amidst the chaos, Jack discovers that his dad has built humanity's first light-speed engine--and ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by Carolrhoda Books (R)
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Gail Shepherd
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There’s a laugh on every page of Joshua Levy’s delightful debut sci-fi novel for middle graders, and quite a few tongue-in-cheek critiques of our contemporary culture. Although the story is set in the distant future, seventh grade hasn’t changed much in spirit, except for a few (sort-of) high-tech gadgets and games of zero-gravity dodgeball. The school-on-a-spaceship, PSS118, may be in orbit around Ganymede, but it’s still recognizably run down and supply-deprived; the teachers are just as crank ...more
Mary Johnson
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was so much fun!!!

Levy's book details the adventures of Jack, Ari, and Becka after they accidentally transport their schoolship into a hostile alien galaxy. And yes, it's just as awesome as it sounds.

The voice was perhaps my favourite element of this book; it's funny, clever, and totally organic. The characters themselves are so loveable and distinct, with a great dynamic (although I think the ship itself was my favourite?) And each page absolutely bursts with imagination: gum-chewing ali
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Sofiya Pasternack
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel19s
What I Liked
The setting was great! Believable and fun, the near-ish future-humanity society that's been set up is easy to fall into. There is fun tech--holographic wallpaper, 3D printer pens, sassy robots--alongside very relatable modern-day teen struggles. The main characters are a great foursome! (I have included Doctor Shrew, the hamster, as a main character, because frankly the entire adventure would have frizzled to a halt without him.)

What I Would Have Liked to See
Nothing much to request!
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Naomi Milliner
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wild and crazy ride! Levy has taken sci-fi tropes and turned them on their heads. The year is 2299, and three well-developed tweens (Jack, Ari and Becca) have to save their outer space school! The fabulous concept is as fun as it is creative. Levy's imagination has no bounds. My personal favorite character is Dr. Shrew, a hamster who plays an unexpected part in the story. There are so many twists and laugh out loud moments - but also some very real and honest emotions as the three leads e ...more
Gillian
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, kids
Do you know any fans of Percy Jackson or Star Wars? If so then please put SEVENTH GRADE VS. THE GALAXY in their hands, and they will love you forever.

Hilarious and hard to put down, this story is action packed with strong friendship themes. Jack is a lovable, honest main character. I started rooting for him on page 1 and never stopped!

I don’t want to spoil any of the fun details and world building that make this book so memorable, but know there are a ton of awesome, quirky characters. There a
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Chris Baron
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow-SEVENTH GRADE VS THE GALAXY is full of so many amazing and fun sci-fi references that I had to read it twice to catch them all. Sharply crafted and full of wit, this book is an adventure!

As someone who attended P.S. 6 in real life, I immediately connected with the heroes of SEVENTH GRADE VS THE GALAXY who go to P.S. 118. A starship (okay--maybe a little different) that plays a crucial role in this wild and futurist ride about friendship, family dynamics, future tech, alien invasions, arcades
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Rajani LaRocca
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was incredibly lucky to read an advance copy of this book prior to publication. Sure, it's a rollicking space-adventure featuring P.S.S. 118, a broken-down middle school spaceship orbiting Jupiter's moon Ganymeade. Sure, it features 3 funny 7th grade protagonists -- Jack, Ari, and Becka -- who have to save their school and all the people in it for space-tastrophies. Sure, the details and the writing are pitch-perfect hilarious middle grade voice. But what surprised me about this book is how it ...more
Heather
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Imaginative and humorous, SEVENTH GRADE VS. THE GALAXY had me laughing in every chapter. Josh Levy brought together Jack, Ari, and Becka on a quest to save the PSS 118 from alien attack. These three had the perfect MG banter—one minute getting along fabulously, the next minute tumbling into disagreement (sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartfelt).

Of course, things did not always go as they planned, and those scenes were some of the most fun as Levy raised the stakes and forced Jack and his frien
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Koeur
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publishing Date: March 2019

Publisher: Lerner

ISBN:9781541528109

Genre: SciFi/YA

Rating: 3.0/5

Publisher’s Description: PSS 118 is just your typical school—except that it’s a rickety old spaceship orbiting Jupiter. When the school is mysteriously attacked, thirteen-year-old Jack receives a cryptic message from his father (the school’s recently-fired-for-tinkering-with-the-ship science teacher). Amidst the chaos, Jack discovers that his dad has built humanity’s first light-speed engine—and given Jack
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Michelle
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seventh Grade Vs. The Galaxy by Joshua S. Levy
Available March 5, 2019 from Lerner Publishing Group

Jack is your typical seventh grader except that his school is anything by typical. Jack attends PSS 118, a middle school that is currently orbiting Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter. That’s right-middle school in space!
What could possibly go wrong when you put several hundred middle school aged children on a ship in space? Just the ship suddenly launching into light speed and being attacked by mysterio
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus



It's the last day of school for PSS 118, a space ship school orbiting Jupiter. Because of living conditions on the planet, it's cheaper to have school on a space ship, and even then, it's a rather run down place. Jack is glad for the year to be done, since his father, a science teacher at the school, was fired a few months back for ostensibly sabotaging the engines. After some epic gravity free dodge ball games, Jack and his friend Ari are suffering through the principal
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Jessica
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Trisha Perry
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
PS 118 is your typical school, in the future, except it is a bit run down. But it is still the school of Jupiter's orbit, at least until it gets attacked, than all the weird and strangeness happens, and it is somehow left to three of the students to try and make everything right. This book is set at warp speed and never slows down I think Mr. Levy has a great book and I can not wait to see what happens in the next book.
Remy Lai
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-scifi
WHAT A FUN BOOK!

This book is hilarious and action packed. I can't help but laugh everytime (view spoiler) come up.

Middle grade readers will definitely eat this up!
Niki
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This books was fantastically zany and laugh out loud funny, but also carried the important message that kids can do important and amazing things.
Monica Pilot
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This felt like a Guardians of the Galaxy for middle grade, and I loved it! The characters are so well done that I felt their frustrations, and I adored each of them—flaws and all. The relationships between characters are fleshed out and relatable. This book is filled to the brim with creative contraptions, witty schemes, intelligent/quirky robots (& punny space ship), I even loved Doctor Shrew.

And the COVER! It’s so fun and is a perfect representation of the story.
Hannah
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Levy’s debut! Highly recommended for middle grade readers looking for high stakes adventure and accessible science fiction. I’m eagerly anticipating the sequel!
Malayna Evans
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hold onto your spaceships ... this one flings you through a galaxy of fun. The characters are pitch perfect middle graders facing a not so typical challenge with nothing but their wits, friendship and a handy hamster! Tons of things to love about this book but the humor and voice is my absolute fave. Loved it!
Leah
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This week I read Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy by Joshua Levy. I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was also really fun but had a very different tone from the other space book that I read this week.

"PSS 118 is just your typical school--except that it's a rickety old spaceship orbiting Jupiter. When the school is mysteriously attacked, thirteen-year-old Jack receives a cryptic message from his father (the school's recently-fired-for-tinkering-with-the-sh
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Katie Zhao
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing (out LOUD, like for real!) from the very first paragraph. I can't remember the last time a middle grade novel had me laughing that much, except when I read the PERCY JACKSON series the first time (and that's, like, my all-time favorite series). And I thoroughly enjoyed myself for the rest of this zany outerspace journey!

In SEVENTH GRADE VS. THE GALAXY, a trio of friends (a little bit remniscent of the infamous Golden Trio from HARRY POTTER), must navigate through the g
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Jess Redman
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this fast-paced, zany, witty and wonderful MG sci-fi book so much! Full review to come soon.
Quinn Sosna-Spear
Jan 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
A laugh-out-loud space adventure that will prepare your reader to become lifelong sci-fi fans. If Louis Sachar decided to take a stab at writing Star Wars, I'd like to think SEVENTH GRADE VS. THE GALAXY would be the result. This would be a perfect read for sci-fi fans or reluctant readers.
Liz Friend
The story: Jack's dad has secretly installed a faster-than-light drive on PSS (Public Space School) 118. When the school is attacked, the kids find themselves traveling faster than light and ending up 400 light years away. The good news? They got away from their attacker--for the moment. The bad news? They still give parking tickets in this part of the galaxy.

June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG; Violence PG; Sexual content G; Nudity, G; Substance abuse G; Magic & the occult G; GLBT content G
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Nicole Melleby
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Levy's fun adventure story of a school in space is ideal for middle grade readers looking for something fresh and exciting, filled with everything they love about science fiction and friendship. The characters in this book are their own wonderful trio reminiscent of Harry Potter. I found myself worrying, triumphing, and laughing right along with them.
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