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See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
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Apr 24, 2017

really liked it
Read from April 11 to 24, 2017

Alex Petroski is 11 years old, and has left his mum home alone in Colorado to launch his homemade rocket at Southwest High-Altitude Rocket Festival (SHARF) in Albuquerque. It's OK - he left her dinners, and instructions, and he may be 11 but he has a responsibility age of at least 13!

His hero is Carl Sagan (not to be confused with his dog of the same name!), who assembled the first physical messages sent into space, including the Voyager Golden Record - so Alex has a golden iPod that he is recording messages on to launch with his rocket.

This book is the transcript of his messages, and as a by-product the story of his journey not just to SHARF but of friendships, family and understanding more about his mother and also his father who died 8 years previously.

Alex is a great character, especially for a YA book - he's kind, generous, caring and really intelligent. He is sensitive and real. I thought it was a lovely book :)
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