From School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up–After Phoebe's parents are killed when their shuttle mysteriously explodes, Phoebe and her robot, Max, hide her illegal orphan status for an entire year. When she is finally discovered and sent to Child Welfare Services, she and five other orphans discover their secret connection–all of their parents were killed on the same shuttle, and they all left their children identical Moon-registry documents. The plot unfolds from there, weaving themes of friendship and teamwork into an exciting sci-fi story that will keep readers turning the pages. Rawlings's illustrations are bright, colorful, cartoony, and so appealing that they could attract readers who are not mature enough to fully appreciate this story on all of its levels. Strictly judging by the cover, one might assume that this is a story about six children having a futuristic adventure, appropriate for third or fourth graders. But in reality, the story focuses primarily on Phoebe, who is 12 and who experiences several tragically painful circumstances, so The Silver Six is actually more appropriate for a slightly older audience.–Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In the future, earth is an ecological mess, cities such as Boston are enclosed in what the people call “bubbles,” and young Phoebe ends up in an awful orphanage where the kids are used as slave labor. She teams up with several others—Hannah, Oliver, Rebecca, Patel, and Ian—and they learn that they each have a Moon Registry from their parents, who all died in the same shuttle accident a year ago. They escape the orphanage and make their way to the uninhabited moon on their registries, but the corporation that killed their parents sends a killer after them, too. Lieberman has written an honest-to-goodness sf-adventure thriller featuring smart, resourceful kids (and one cool robot) who work together to solve the mystery of their parents’ deaths, and, while they’re at it, they just might save the world. Rawlings’ animation background shows in his colorful and dynamic panels. He uses a cartoony style that can convey emotions with just a few lines and engages the reader with the characters. Grades 3-5. --Kat Kan
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