See You in the Cosmos

See You in the Cosmos

By Jack Cheng

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“I haven't read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder.” —Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places

A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7sWalk Two Moons, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.
Jack Cheng’s debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.

"Stellar." —Entertainment Weekly

The Wall Street Journal
“Irresistible.” The Chicago Tribune
“The best I've read in a long, long time.” —Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s
“Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious.” —Kirkus, starred review
“A propulsive stream-of-conscious dive.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A gift—a miracle.” —Paul Griffin, author When Friendship Followed Me Home
“Exuberant.” —Booklist
"Full of the real kind of magic." —Ally Condie, author of Matched 
“Incredible.” —BookRiot
"Full of innocence and unwavering optimism." —SLC
"Inspiring." —Time for Kids
“Powerfully affirms our human capacity for grace and love and understanding.” —Gary D. Schmidt, author of Okay for Now

Publisher: Puffin Books
ISBN-13: 9780399186387
ISBN-10: 0399186387
Published on 2/27/2018
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 288

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I really really want to read this book! DOGO if you have a giveaway for this book, please make me one of the winners, because I have wanted to read this book so bad for a while now.

Ted Ted

i think this is the prefect book for me!

A story that changes the way you see the world but a little sad

I just finished reading this book, and it’s great! All eleven year-old Alex Petroski wants to do is to launch his golden IPod into space. He goes to SHARF, to try to launch his rocket, but fails. Then he goes to find his ‘maybe’ dad. He makes loads of friends along the way, including his half-sister Terra, Zed, and Steve, and Nathan, and all the other people at SHARF. I would highly recommend this book to kids 9+. Thanks for reading my book review!

This book is awesome! It is full of suspense (in my opinion) and it is highly, highly recommended. Anyone who reads this will probably see the world differently, at least that is what happen to m before I even finished the book.

I Like Dogs I Like Dogs

This book moves you in a way that you can relate to. Alex and his pup, Carl Sagan, embark on a journey that changes his whole life. To the story, and to the characters, you can love each one and enjoy. The author was amazing and totally made this book special to me and others.

SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i was supossed to get ths book but hey gave me a diffrent book instead i want to read it soooo badly!!!!!!

Alex and his pet dog Carl Sagan embark on a journey to SHARF where they're going to launch their rocket. Soon, overwhelmed by the result of the launch, Alex makes some friends who lead him to make some decisions. Alex is intrigued to discover a family member in LA and immediately starts talking. He also talks about his brother but after a while when his friends start fighting, and it gets bloody, Alex cries and runs away with his sister. Away from home and his friends, Alex listens to his sister who cheers him up and they head home. But they're surprised to find his mom having a disease. His mom doesn't even recognize him but poor Alex doesn't know that. When he begs to meet his mom, his brother takes him after a few days, and lo and behold..... Find out what happens in this thrilling, happy-sad, bitter-sweet book.

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