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Star Jumper by Frank Asch
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Apr 26, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: juvenile
Read in September, 2006

this book celebrates the confident imagination of a young boy who claims throughout the book to be inventing a spaceship (and all of its component parts) from cardboard boxes and pieces of junk throughout his home. it’s been awhile since i’ve read a book for this age group (early chapter book readers) that does this trick of seeming to be based in reality (there are no aliens and we’re not in the “future”) but whose main character is so convinced that he can make a functioning spaceship and “duplicator” and other fantastical inventions, that you begin to believe him. he is working on these inventions so that he can escape from a household that contains his little brother who is a pest (according to him). of course, by the end, he decides to stay on this planet after all. a good, quick read.

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