Sunday 11 September 2011

Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space

Galactic Adventures: First Kids in Space by Tristan Bancks (UQP)
PB RRP $16.95
Reviewed by Jo Burnell

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to travel into space? Dash Campbell thinks about nothing else. One day his chance comes, but can he convince the judges that he should be one of only 5 children in the whole world to take off?
While half the world protests that the very idea of sending children into space is an act of child abuse, tens of thousands of  children will do anything to have the chance. How far would you go? Would you stop at nothing?  Join Dash in his struggles and triumphs. I wonder if you’ll guess the climax just before the end of this tale. It took me completely by surprise.

All is not as it seems, but one thing is for sure. There are secrets and mysteries at Space School. Some clues kept me wondering even after they became dead ends. Other titbits led to satisfying pieces in this novel length puzzle.  It will take every ounce of Dash Campbell’s courage to achieve his dream.

Tristan Bancks has created a high action page turner that tells the hard truths. Based on the nitty gritty facts, Galactic Adventures explains what it takes to get fit for this extreme form of travel.  Training is no joy ride. It’s more than hard work. It’s excruciating.

Get ready for an enthralling ride. 

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