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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Series: Starbounders (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062120220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062120229
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 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: #657,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6–What looks like a normal boarding school is just the cover for Indigo 8, the Earth command center for the Inter Planetary Defense League and its secret training facility for young Starbounders. As a new trainee, Zachary Night has big shoes to fill. His ancestors have been Starbounders for generations, his parents were expert space pilots, and his big brother was one of the youngest Elite Corps recruits ever. With his new friends, rebellious Kaylee and alien Ryic, Zachary is excited to begin training. Unfortunately, the kids discover that something is very wrong at the academy. There are way too many dangerous “accidents”–including a near-fatal malfunction in the antigravity training Qube and deadly alien vreeks set loose at a picnic. Then, the three are assigned to their first off-planet mission, and their ship is hijacked by interstellar thugs. It crash-lands on the desert planet Sirocco, and the crooks begin to regard their hostages as expendable–or possibly edible. The action-filled story races from crisis to crisis, taking the junior Starbounders across the cosmos and into the thick of a plot that threatens to destroy Indigo 8–and Earth itself. In the grand tradition of juvenile adventure tales, the kids successfully outwit adult villains, sneak in and out of enemy strongholds, and operate high-tech equipment and top-secret spacecraft. The combination of boarding school high jinks and science fiction derring-do meshes surprisingly smoothly, and there are plenty of plot threads left for a sequel. Black-and-white chapter head illustrations show many of the alien weapons and creatures described in the text. A satisfying choice.–Elaine E. Knight, formerly at Lincoln Elementary Schools, ILα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"I heartily recommend avoiding this book. Unless you are secretly part of an Intergalactic fleet of space-jumping alien-battling Starbounders, your own life will seem very boring in comparison. A great ride and a great read!"
-- Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the New York Times bestselling Secret series.
"Authors Adam and Andrew have given us an excellent, fast paced adventure that is, without a doubt, more exciting than any video game I've ever played!"
-- Marianne Krawcyzk, writer of God of War and Skylanders, the top selling worldwide videogame of 2012. 

“A satisfying choice.” (School Library Journal)

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I can see that this series will be an exciting adventure.
Mary Bookhounds
This is a great read for middle schoolers, a definite five-star; I think anyone who likes a fun, fast-paced reading experience will enjoy it as well.
There is plenty of mystery, intrigue, and humor in this fast-paced and action-packed story that all ages will enjoy.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teacherrates on July 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Please understand that all my reviews focus on the interests of my middle school students. I never do a full plot synopsis in a review and try to give as little away as possible.

I read this book because I have read the first two books of Epstein's and Jacobson's Familiars series. I usually don't go for books where talking animals are the main characters, but these guys hooked me enough to continue with the series, so I knew they were good (I read the first one so I could talk knowledgeably about it with my seventh graders).

Basically, in this book, the three main characters attend a school that prepares them for a life of intergalactic crime-fighting adventure. Think Men in Black. There's a Outerverse out there that we common folk don't know about. Two of the main characters (Zachary and Kaylee) are humans who have just finished the eighth grade year in regular school. A third (Ryic) is an alien who is basically humanoid and of the equivalent age on his planet. The school is kind of like a high tech Camp Half-Blood, only instead of satyrs, centaurs, and nymphs, you have aliens as weird as a barroom scene from Star Wars. Interestingly, the only slow part of the book is the time they spend at the school itself.

The plot's pace takes off when they leave the school on their first space trip, which almost immediately goes terribly wrong. Wow, once the action starts it is of scorching intensity with high g-force twists and turns until the end. The three are thrown from one life threatening scenario into another, finding unlikely allies and horribly dangerous enemies. When they discover a plot to destroy Earth and realize they are the only ones who have a chance of stopping it, the action really ratchets up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dianes908 on July 4, 2013
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A really fun book. Plenty of action, aliens and humor. Great summer read for the 8 to 12 year old sci-fi fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Athena Lange on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is billed as Star Wars meets Percy Jackson. Not so much. If I were going to compare this book to anything, it would be the H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden. But instead of supervillain school, it's more like a Star Trek Federation academy. I enjoyed it, and look forward to reading the sequels, of which (I am sure) there will be many.
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