Friday, March 21, 2014

Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass, Michael Brawer, Elise Gravel (Illustrated by)

He has been waiting eight years, eight months, and eight days for this moment to arrive...

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st, so keep your eyes peeled for it and grab it then.

Archie Morningstar has been waiting a long time for this moment.  Today is the day that he gets to go with his father on his taxi rounds.  They leave at midnight and, as they head out, Archie is so proud to get to go along.  What he doesn't know is that the taxi is a Space Taxi.  They don't stay on earth, they take off into the sky and move between worlds.  They use wormholes for travel and Archie is the navigator.  He's never seen such a map or learned to read it, but soon it seems perfectly normal to say when to enter the wormhole and when to slow down before they hit the planet.

If that isn't strange enough, he runs into a talking cat and then gets involved in a spy case.  That's an awful lot to happen on the first night out, isn't it?

This story is written for ages 6-10 and they will love it.  The story is silly and fun, Ms. Gravel's illustrations are wild and colorful and it doesn't take too long to read.  If you have a reluctant reader, I'm sure this one will keep their attention and keep them reading.  You might even want to read it, too.  I enjoyed it!

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