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Have Space Suit, Will Travel Paperback – February 8, 2005
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Grade 7 Up-Robert Heinlein's 1958 story comes to life and is still timely almost half a century after it was published.. Teenager Kip Russell, infatuated with the idea of traveling to the Moon, enters a contest to win such an opportunity. However, his dream becomes a nightmareâ"and a space soap operaâ"when he comes upon a race of space creatures who have kidnapped a little girl from Earth's Moon Station. Rescuing Pee Wee lands Kip with a traveling companion who is very smart but much in need of protection. Fortunately, or so the kids believe at first, another alien being, whom they call the "Mother Thing," is available as both advisor and space guide. Their travels take them to Pluto, where they escape the clutches of Bronx-gangster humans, and then out to galaxies beyond our own. Eventually, Kip and Pee Wee stand trial in the stead of all humanity, a race charged with its rampant disregard for peace and environmental justice. Bruce Coville's young audiobook company treats this tale handily, with each character well acted by an age-appropriate reader. Pee Wee's childish voice sometimes requires adjustment to the volume level, but she and Kip carry the major portion of the tale between them, with interesting and appropriate musical effects added during chapter breaks and to the voice of the Mother Thing. Heinlein's writing stands the test of time, and contemporary youth will be inspired by the visions of space travel their own grandparents might have had at their age.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Yes, it takes place in the 60's, before the advent of so much of technology, social media, etc. but it is just a great story
with great characters. Sort of like a "Catcher in the Rye" of Science Fiction but not as dark & sad. It is a bit snarky in its' humor, despite
disgusting aliens threatening Earth, only discovered by the teen-aged boy main character & I think relatable in spite of its
age & lack of cell phones. I say DO give it a try. I don't think you would regret it, & might love it. The story is the thing & this is a
At first he found the detailed descriptions overwhelming but by the time he was 30 pages into it, he was loving the story. I was very happy to be able to introduce him to the world of real science fiction (for young people), and there are not many better than Heinlein and his SF writing for juveniles. This book has also been praised as one of his best juvenile SF books too.
My son stated that he still prefers the real thing (paperback/hardbound) books over ebooks for the feel and enjoyment of it, but he does not mind the kindle book.
The writing is simple, straightforward and easy to follow. Characterisation is good. The good guys are just as obvious as the bad guys and the ultimate bad guy may or may not be what he / she / it seems to be. The science in this science fiction classic is also not too hard to follow, which makes the book excellent for kids as well as those new to the genre. Mr Heinlein's background in aeronautics and space exploration comes in useful as well when he explains some of the basics of exploring outer space.
Obviously the book is aimed at younger readers but not too young, as our hero meets and befriends a suitably aged young lady who shares his experiences and life threatening adventures. All in all this is a wonderful book for readers of all ages. I look forward to reading more works of Robert A Heinlein.
Please read this book carefully. At roughly the half way mark of the story you will come across a single sentence which may well change the way the reader views the entire concept of science fiction, even the potential for the existence of alien life forms. That may well sound too heavy or too deep for a YA science fiction novel but it is there. I won't quote it now because I dont want to ruin the effect it may have on a young reader's mind. But you won't see it with your eyes closed. :-)
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