See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng


Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski has a goal. He wants to build a rocket to launch his golden iPod into space. In the meantime, he is recording everything he can to show the other lifeforms in space what life on Earth is really like. As part of his quest, Alex heads out on a road trip. He catches a train with just his rocket and his dog, Carl Sagan, named after his astronomer hero. Along the way, life throws in some surprises and some unexpected friends.

Told in Alex’s endearing voice, See You in the Cosmos is a story both heartbreaking and hopeful. Alex’s hard life but cheerfully optimistic outlook will win the hearts of readers of all ages. His coming of age experience is unique, but the lessons he learns are universal. This is a perfect book for a read aloud or for tweens reading on their own.

Recommended ages--10 and up

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