Reading Riot: Space Travel Adventures For Teens

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On July 20, we celebrate Space Exploration! when, in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin first walked on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

It was Armstrong who said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” just before imprinting his boot in the lunar dust. He was joined by Aldrin while a third astronaut, Michael Collins, orbited the moon. Although they spent only a few hours on the moon, the astronauts set up some simple experiments, and left their footprints, an American flag and a plaque that read, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the Moon — July 1969 A.D. — We came in peace for all mankind.”

If the idea of space exploration intrigues you, here are some cool reading recommendations!Book cover with eye

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

It’s the year 2019, exactly 50 years since Neil Armstrong made his famous walk on the moon with the Apollo 11 mission. Teens Mia, Antoine and Midori are selected by lottery to join experienced astronauts on a NASA mission to the once top-secret moon base, DARLAH 2. Meanwhile in a Florida nursing home, a former astronaut struggles to warn someone of the terrible danger there.

Mars One by Jonathan Maberry

A teen and his family go on an adventure of a lifetime when they are chosen for a mission to colonize Mars. Tristan has been training since he was 12 years old but didn’t count on falling in love. Now, at 16 he reluctantly says goodbye to his girlfriend before the sabotaging acts of a terrorist group make him question the mission’s purpose. A true sci-fi with great reviews!

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents invented the Firebird, which allows users to jump into multiple universes — and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite races after him through different universes and soon discovers that the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.Book cover with faces

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, expects to wake up 300 years in the future on a new planet. Instead she wakes up 50 years too soon and discovers that it was more than a computer malfunction – someone may have tried to murder her. “Across the Universe” has many similarities to the recent movie Passengers, including an interstellar romance, as Amy races to uncover the ship’s hidden secrets.

Find these and many more sci-fi books at your local library branch. Just ask!

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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