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The Far Horizon: Science Fiction for kids 9-12 [Kindle Edition]

Patty Jansen
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A science fiction space adventure novel for boys and girls aged 9-12 (and the parents who love reading books to their late primary-school aged children!). By Writers of the Future winning author Patty Jansen.

Of all the things ten-year-old Cory Wilson expects to do when he moves to Midway Space Station, saving aliens from humans isn't one. An important conference is about to start at the station, not usually the sort of thing kids care about, not even when the conference is between humans and aliens, and half your family is alien. However, when bullies tease Cory, he ends up in a prohibited area where he overhears some men planning to plant a bomb at the conference. Because the terrorists hide their messages in computer games, no one believes Cory, not even his father, the station director. Kids at school think he’s crazy, some even think aliens should be bombed. The conference starts, the aliens have brought a very important person, and Cory's teacher, one of the terrorists, locks Cory in the classroom. Can he get out in time? If he does, will anyone listen?

Editorial Reviews


I'd recommend it to confident readers and those who like their science fiction a little more real and a little less 'Jimmy Neutron'.

Simon Haynes, author of the Hal Spacejock series

From the Author

This is a book for anyone from the age of ten and up.

When my children were in late primary school, I used to read lots to them, and one thing that used to bug me was that there is a lot of fantasy for younger readers, but hardly any science fiction that is not humorous.

I wrote this book with parents reading to their children in mind. While the subject matter can be understood by children, I've aimed--much in the way popular animated movies do--to include remarks that hint at a deeper meaning so that adults who read this book will enjoy it was well. As you can see in the reviews, this has proven to be the case.

If you've enjoyed this book, there is more. Cory Wilson, the main character of this book, returns in my very adult novel series Ambassador.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Capricornica Publications (January 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U6WO90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but well worth it! July 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition

Cory is a 10 year old boy who finds himself in over his head when he moves to Midway Space station with his father. Though I like Cory as a character, I believe he should have been a bit older because, as someone who has way too much experience working with children, I don't see how any child, even one in the future, could be as intuitive and clever as Cory at only 10 years of age.

John is Cory's father and the new Station Director at Midway Station. He is a serious man who very much loves his family, and is passionate about his political beliefs.

Erith, Cory's new stepmother who also happens to be an alien, is a bit of a confusing character. She is portrayed to be someone who cares only about technology and facts, and has no knowledge of how to be part of a family. However I later learned that she feels with more emotion than I had thought possible for her character. The more I read of Erith, the more I liked her.


The plot starts off slow. I found myself reading about a whiny child who was upset about his father re-marrying, and I was sure after the first 5 or so pages that I wouldn't enjoy the book. However, the book rapidly picks up pace and does not slow down, and I am very very glad I did not stop reading. The story's ending was action-packed and full of suspense.


The book's cover will absolutely attract a younger fan-base. Olivia Kernot, the designer, did an excellent job.

World Building

I like that Jansen doesn't take the world building too far. She gives just enough of a description of the space station to put an image in your head, but doesn't deter from the storyline to do it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but great ending June 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Far Horizon, by Patty Jansen, is a fantastic novel with the misfortune of a very poor cover and a somewhat slow start. In the novel, we meet 10 year-old Cory who has suffered through the death of his mother and now must watch his father remarry. To make matters worse, his father is marrying a female from another planet. The story touches on the transition a child must make when adding new people to the family, along with the racial and social implications of such a marriage. When the danger surrounding the move to a space station and terrorist attacks was added to the strong character elements and intriguing thematic explorations, the book proved to be a page turner.

Cover Art: 2 Stars
Although the cover does accurately show what the book is about, the overall effect is very amateurish, mainly due to the picture of the boy and its relation to the background.

Note to the readers: Don't ruin the book by reading the description on Amazon. I feel that entirely too much is given away in the product description, and it will spoil parts of the book for you.

Characters: 5 Stars
It is not often that I can say the characters were just perfect, but I loved the different characters. I was so very surprised by how distinct and varied they were. Generally, it seems like supporting characters often end up as some variant of the main character, but this book managed to avoid that entirely. In the end, I really cared what happened to the characters and was sad to say goodbye to them.

Plot: 4 Stars
Despite how much I liked the book, there were some problems with the beginning. I felt that it took way too long to hook me, especially for a middle grade book. Although there was a short action scene in the beginning, it could have been emphasized more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality science fiction for kids April 27, 2015
It's not easy to find a good science fiction story for children (that is, not naive or full of cliches). I found this one refreshing in many ways. The protagonist is well depicted and his reactions are realistic. Every character is believable. The descriptions of the station and its technology are interesting and with the right amount of detail (not an easy task, since children are easily bored). I've especially appreciated the world-building and (what we get to know about) alien cultures. It's definitely a universe I'd like to explore further.
The plot is simple, with no big surprises, but I think it's perfect for the target age. However, I think it needed more action. The ending is satisfying, but I believe this kind of stories should have a faster pace to keep readers (especially readers in that age range) interested.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Action, Believable Angst June 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This little book just got better and better. It's good, old-fashioned science fiction, the kind that's just perfect for curling up with.

With a ten-year old hero, I guess the book qualifies as YA or middle grade. But it kept my interest all the way through, with good, complex characters, and a story-line busy enough for the adult mind. The space station setting is accurate and rich, and portrayed quite well through the story, without pages and pages of exposition to "describe" everything.

In this well-developed world, humans are struggling to establish their presence in space, simultaneously helped and hindered by a more-advanced species. Ten-year-old Cory Wilson literally lives with this reality - his father is Director of the space station and his new stepmother is one of the aliens. Cory is not happy about his new life, but when he stumbles upon a terrorist plot to bomb the station, he has to act fast... and learns a lot of truths along the way.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Far Horizon
I found The Far Horizon to be predictable at times, but not so much that I was thrown a curve or two. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!
From the first sentence to the last, I could hardly put this book down! Plot was great, kept me interested right till the end, definetly should be on the reading list for anyone... Read more
Published on December 5, 2012 by cocoqueen31
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't wait for my son to read it!
Cory Wilson wasn't happy when his father married Erith, an alien from the Union. However, when Cory's father was assigned to Midway Space Station, Cory never thought the residents... Read more
Published on December 3, 2012 by Lisa A. Metlak
4.0 out of 5 stars Well conceived
Good imagination, and a well-timed spiral of anxiety distinguish this novella. since this is told through the eyes of a 10 year old,the author does try to get away with some... Read more
Published on October 2, 2012 by PG
3.0 out of 5 stars A good tale, full of rich detail
This science fiction novel aimed at children over 10, starts slowly, seeming to focus more on the main character Cory's dislike at the way his life is changing, seeming almost a... Read more
Published on September 22, 2012 by Katie Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, serious science fiction for readers 9-12
The Far Horizon is a junior science fiction novel intended for ages 9-12. At the beginning the protagonist, Cory, is having trouble accepting his father's new partner. Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Simon Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars A Space Tale That Hits Close To Home
A quick but excellent sci-fi adventure. The Far Horizon may take place in the future at a space station, but it touches on themes of racism, acceptance, and doing the right thing... Read more
Published on May 13, 2012 by P. Christopher Colter
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read.
It's a book you want to keep on reading, and then look for more works by the author. Young adult in tone, but, like any good YA book, quite enjoyable for an adult. Five stars.
Published on May 10, 2012 by T
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooks right from the start.
While obviously aimed at a younger audience, even as an adult I found this book to be excellent. The characters (even the aliens) are believable and the story hooks you from very... Read more
Published on April 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid MS Sci-fi
This is a good, solid novel. Well worth the read. It's the story of early contact with aliens, and how the life of a 10 year old boy named Cory is changed by those encounters. Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Clwedd
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More About the Author

Patty lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes both Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has published over 15 novels and has sold short stories to genre magazines such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Patty was trained as a agricultural scientist, and if you look behind her stories, you will find bits of science sprinkled throughout.

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