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See You in the Cosmos Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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Winner of the Golden Kite Award
A Top 10 IndieNext Pick
Winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award
“I love this book—the characters, the story, but most of all, the voice that writer Jack Cheng has created. See You in the Cosmos is the best I've read in a long, long, long time. It’s a story that changes the way you see the world.” —Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s
"Stellar." —Entertainment Weekly
"The more [Alex] learns the truth about his family, the more he begins to wonder what a family really is. And if yours isn’t working well, this novel asks, how do you make a better one? . . . Alex’s voice stayed with me. If extraterrestrials ever did find his Golden iPod, they would think Earthlings were wonderful". —The New York Times Book Review
“I haven't read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder . . . The very best books are rare and powerful magic. See You in the Cosmos is one of these. I wanted to stay forever in this funny, wise, beautiful world.” —Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places
★ “Poignant and funny . . . propulsive . . . Alex’s strong voice drives this compelling personal journey with resonant themes of family, friendship, and resilience.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“What makes this novel irresistible is Alex himself, a boy who's at once brilliant, clueless and alive with wonder.” —The Chicago Tribune
★ “A sweet, soulful debut novel with a brilliant, refreshing structure . . . Taking inspiration from the Voyager Golden Record released to space in 1977, Alex . . . records all the important moments of a journey that takes him from a family of two to a family of plenty. Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious.” —Kirkus, starred review
“[A] life-embracing, stream-of-consciousness tale of family lost and found.” —The Wall Street Journal
“This novel is a gift—a miracle. Alex fights with all of his magnificent, compassionate heart to remind us that we humans are first, last, and always creatures of hope. Jack Cheng is as brilliant as his debut, and more than that, he is wise. His novel made me want to be a better person.” —Paul Griffin, author When Friendship Followed Me Home
“Beauty . . . hilarity . . . poignancy . . . this unique novel’s journey [is] one totally worth taking.” —The Christian Science Monitor
"[An] absorbing, irresistible road trip story. . . . [Alex's] stubborn optimism is irresistible and inspiring." —Common Sense Media
“Exuberant and utterly believable.” —Booklist
“I was absolutely mesmerized by this book! . . . Mr. Cheng’s incredible storytelling reaffirmed my belief that creativity is still very much alive . . . . A wonderful read for middle grade-aged readers and beyond!” —BookRiot
“It is not always that we read a novel that so powerfully affirms our human capacity for grace and love and understanding; we need this book for the ways in which it gives us more to be human beings with. And it gives us Alex, whose face is turned to the stars.” —Gary D. Schmidt, author of Okay for Now
"Alex Petroski has a big mind, big dreams, and a big heart. His story is full of the real kind of magic—friends well-met, surprising journeys, and heartbreak and hope. This is a beautiful book." —Ally Condie, author of Matched
"Full of innocence and unwavering optimism, leaving the reader incapable of not rooting for Alex. . . . This book skillfully explores the many emotions of an eleven-year-old boy and shows how young and old alike can bond over a love of science." —SLC
"Inspiring." —Time for Kids
"Luminous and heartfelt, 11-year-old Alex Petroski’s story will grab your heart and expand it." —ImaginationSoup
“[See You in the Cosmos] reminded me a little of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon . . . [Cheng’s is] a very touching book.” —GeekDad
"[A] poignant, memorable debut . . . entirely and deeply human." —The Guardian
About the Author
Jack Cheng was born in Shanghai, raised in Michigan, and lived in Brooklyn for a decade before settling in Detroit. See You in the Cosmos is his first novel for kids.
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I also read it and found it much deeper than most stories aimed at this age range. It takes the popular, thanks to the Wimpy Kid series, conceit of diary entries, in this case the main character, Alex’s, recorded messages he intends to send into space to communicate with extraterrestrial life, and layers on several extra elements, including a mother suffering from debhabilitating depression, and how that effects her sons, including Alex’s older brother, Ronnie, who has forced into position as the family breadwinner.
When Alex’s dreams come true and he gets to attend a festival focused on space and rockets, he finds that even when he’s living out his wildest fantasies his family issues still follow him.
A poignant middle grade novel that reads more like YA in its content. It did prompt some interesting, and fairly insightful, conversations with my son, who got more out of it than I originally thought.
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