Book of the Week: See You in the Cosmos
See You in the Cosmos (2017)
Dial, [p] Trade ed. Alex is a poignant but sturdy figure, and while his narration suggests he may be on the autism spectrum, the book wisely focuses instead on his sequence of quests and his relationships with the people who help him; his growing bond with nineteen-year-old Terra is the heartwarming standout of his emotional journey. A kid on the loose being helped by benevolent adults is still an enticing premise, however, and youngsters with rocketry and independence dreams of their own may want to follow Alex. Access options available:. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
His older brother, Ronnie, moved away to Las Vegas, and his dad died years ago when Alex was just three years old. See You in the Cosmos takes place in the summer in Rockview, Colorado, when Alex Petroski decides he wants to enter his attempt at a handmade rocket into a rocket contest all the way in New Mexico. He travels all the way there by himself, meets some friends along the way, and discovers the true answers to all the questions he has about his dad. Want to hear an astronomy joke from the book? Because it was too Sirius. Get it? Because Sirius is the name of a star originally called the Dog Star.
See You in the Cosmos is my first novel for young readers. Out of all the things that early readers have said about the book, this, from Gary D. 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. I made a podcast about its making, in which I interviewed many of the people involved in the process. You can listen to the entire fifteen-episode series on SoundCloud , Apple Podcasts , and other places you find podcasts.
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