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Barbary Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B09DPHNYL6
- Publisher : Open Road Media Teen & Tween (October 12, 2021)
- Publication date : October 12, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1997 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 147 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #94,960 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nowhere on the back cover does it say Barbary is a 12-year-old, and the adventure involves her and her new adoptive sister smuggling the cat onto a space station (with the first contact as more background than main plot).
Once I adjusted to not getting the two in-command grown women the front cover promised having impressive space-and-cat adventures, I didn't mind the story. It's very straightforward. Barbary's bounced around through foster homes, and is now going to live with what she hopes will be her final family, on a space station orbiting Earth. She doesn't want to leave her kitten, Mickey, behind, so she smuggles him onboard, and then she and her space-born adoptive sister Heather sneak around the space station trying to keep Mickey a secret. McIntyre uses the novel more to introduce readers to the basics of what it might be like to live in zero-g and low-g than to explore the characters or their world--or even the aliens. Everyone seems very chill about alien first contact happening, and the novel gives very few details about the lives of any of the characters--what was the story of Barbary's mother? Why was Heather born in space? What happened to her mother? (And see, here, I'm even forgetting if Barbary and Heather are half-sisters or not blood-related! That's how little details about the characters' lives and pasts and circumstances get delved into.) The novel feels more like a first part to a longer novel.
On the plus side, it's a scifi novel where the two main characters are girls, and the cast has a lot of diversity. There's a Native UN official (also a woman), women of color in positions of power as astronauts and scientists, and there's the sense that the station's a mix of all different nationalities and cultures.
If you know a very young girl interested in scifi, this might be a good starting novel. If she likes it, maybe try Andre Norton's Star Ka'at novels--talking cat aliens are always a plus in my book, and I liked the series when I was small. Though don't look for hard science in the Ka'at novels; they're more fluffy.