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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Series: Astronaut Academy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596436213
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-Hakata Soy, the space hero with dangerously spiky hair, is glad to be back at Astronaut Academy after a semester break. Trouble emerges when a creature that feeds on human emotion infiltrates the school. The resulting drama, including a ban on love, threatens to keep Hakata's Fireball team out of the championship. This mix of science fiction and humor has high appeal, deftly referencing manga, anime, and gaming conventions. There are adorable chibis, a bunny teacher, and a panda undercover agent, and Fireball games are depicted as video-game battles, the players in full, mecha-like armor. Bold cartoon-style illustrations nod to manga's spiky, stylized look while remaining unique. Full of action, humor, and engaging characters, this is a solid purchase.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Roman reenrolls his readers in Astronaut Academy, where the favorite equation is shojo plus Harry Potter equals clever, postmodern humor and surprisingly affecting romance. While the likes of Maribelle Mellonbelly, Tak Offsky, and Miyumi San can play MonChiChiMon cards with a rabbit space-ninja and a Spanish-speaking panda bear, the lovelorn Hakata Soy is recruited onto the academy’s Fireball team as they strive to finally win the championship. At the same time, however, a shape-shifting monster has stowed away and is eating everyone’s hearts, which proves pretty easy with everyone showing their affection by giving away one of their nine possible hearts left and right. Gags are packed into just about every panel, which makes for a fast-paced read. The zany tone works so well that the undercurrent of sincere longing and occasional romantic tragedy can sneak up on you. Roman’s art, meanwhile, has an undeniable manga style but with the soft lines and easy charm of old-fashioned comic strips. Sure to delight returning readers, though newcomers can come aboard with no trouble. Grades 4-6. --Jesse Karp

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The writing is sharp.
Erik K
I laughed out loud several times while reading this book, which includes subtle pop culture references as well as different characters' definitions of OTP.
Little Willow
It's a romping good adventure if you're the right age (or have the right mindset) and I'd highly recommend the book.
Andy Shuping

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on June 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
Looking for a graphic novel that will make you giggle? Check out ASTRONAUT ACADEMY: Re-Entry by Dave Roman. This series follows the hijinks of students enrolled in a school in outer space. And we're talking highly funny hijinks: shapeshifters that will steal your heart (literally), time travel, detention, a bilingual panda, heartbreak, robots, and Fireball, a game that resembles lacrosse and Quidditch, but with FIRE. And there's a competition montage. This story is so ready to be made into an animated film.

I laughed out loud several times while reading this book, which includes subtle pop culture references as well as different characters' definitions of OTP. Yes, you read that correctly. At one point, someone goes "Squee!" Then there's this exchange between two characters:

"Labels can't define who we are on the inside."
"Are you being sarcastic?"
"Only if you want me to be."
"I [heart] sarcasm. (No, seriously.)"

The cast of characters is multicultural, which is delightful. Roman's black-and-white-and-gray illustrations clearly show kids with different skin colors, different hair styles, and different fashion senses. Some are shy, some are outspoken. Some are bullies, some are friends. A few are spies. A few are ninjas. There's also a raccoon or two, a rabbit or two, and this is book two in the line. Read the ASTRONAUT ACADEMY graphic novels in order:
#1 Zero Gravity
#2 Re-Entry
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik K on October 6, 2013
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The first book was a delight: charming, funny, surreal and all about a childhood experience that I would have loved (I hated school so much, and I'm guessing classes in space tumbling and games of fireball would have improved matters). The second book is equally charming, funny and surreal. Both books are told in short story snippets that add up into a story greater than the sum of its parts. Definitely buy both books, so that you can get more enjoyment out of visiting a school that has bear-ed up security (bears with fists that double as bazookas). Marvel at the poetic entrances of Team Feety-Pajamas (a very funny though affectionate riff on a certain Pokemon villain squad). And watch the students battle against tyranny when the school "bans love and cancels fun."

Seriously, folks, this is great for all ages. A great antidote to the grim-and-gritty world of comics that have forgotten fun. The art is unique, loose and cute as all get-out. The writing is sharp. And Senor Panda (still not extinct!) is the best Spanish teacher anyone could ask for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on May 14, 2013
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This is the second volume in the Astronaut Academy series, and Hakata Soy and gang are back for more fun and adventure in the spring semester at the Academy. Just when Hakata thinks its safe to wander around the school, a new trouble is unleashed! Someone....or something is stalking the halls of the academy and impersonating other students! If that wasn't bad enough this....creature...is making off with students extra hearts. Will the students be able to survive and recover their extra hearts...or are they doomed to only have one?

I will openly admit I had trouble with the first book in the series when I read it, in part because I had a hard time putting myself into the mindset of a young kid, which is who this series is aimed for. But this time around I had a bit of an easier time, perhaps because there's a nice overarching theme with the mysterious fiend on the loose! And gosh darn it I wanted to know what the heck happened and how Hakata and the gang were going to stop this creature! Even though we switched viewpoints every few pages, the overall arching theme made it easy to keep up and I loved that we got to check back in with old friends (and learn more about Hakata in the process!) The storytelling and the artwork both remind me of the cartoon "Kids Next Door," which is the one of the best compliments I can give to the story since I loved that cartoon.

It's a romping good adventure if you're the right age (or have the right mindset) and I'd highly recommend the book. 4 out of 5 stars.

ARC provided by Gina at FirstSecond
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More About the Author

Dave Roman is the author/artist of the Astronaut Academy series, writer of Teen Boat! and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to the Flight series, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, and is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel, X-Men: Misfits. Roman worked as a comics editor for the groundbreaking Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009. He lives in New York City with his wife, Raina. His website is www.yaytime.com

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