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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Publication Date: February 28th 2017
Genre: Middle Grade/ Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own Copy

Alex Petroski is an 11-year-old, space obsessed boy. He also happens to love his mother, his older brother and his dog- named after his hero, Carl Sagan.

Alex dreams of launching recordings into space the way Carl Sagan (the hero) launched his golden record on the Voyager. Along with Carl Sagan ( the dog), Alex travels from Colorado to Nevada and from New Mexico to California.

What Alex discovers are secrets about his family and a new family that he never imagined existed. When he gets home however, he meets a version of his known family he has never been able to embrace.



Jack Cheng conveys innocence and naivety like it's never been conveyed before in "See You in the Cosmos". Alex's character is so determined to accomplish his recording mission that he accepts without a second thought that he takes care of his mother rather than the other way around. He finds it normal that his mother doesn't work or talk to him often.

The depth and sensitivity of all the issues Alex eventually recognizes and struggles with is dealt with perfectly in the book. All the other characters come to care so much for the boy that they are all looped into his life as well.

He charms everyone he meets, including all the readers! No matter how naive he may be, his character is certainly lovable. Although this is technically a Middle-Grade novel, I think Young Adult readers like myself will really enjoy the novel.

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