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Author: Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D.

Illustrator: Scott Roller and Jonathan Gamble

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Publisher: Elora Media, LLC, 2007

Material: paperback

Summary: According to the best scientific minds, the collapse of the NGC4414 galaxy is imminent. Dr. Quantum and his inter-galactic team have been charged with saving NGC4414 or locating a friendly and hospitable galaxy for the multi-verse. This story focuses on the construction, staffing, and launching of Dr. Quantum's spaceship, Timechaser, and the challenges that awaited them in deep space. This is a middle grade fantasy that incorporates lots of science into the story.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 10 to 14; read yourself: 13 and up

Interest Level: 12 and up

Reading Level: 7.2

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!

Young Reader Reaction: This book was a great read. The plot moved quickly and I liked the exciting adventure about time. I liked how imaginative the story is. There are a lot of different alien races that come into play during the story. The only thing I did not like was that there were so many technical terms, which made it harder to read. This book would be a great book for sci-fi or adventure fans who also have an interest in the fourth dimension. (A note about this book: it is part of a series and not complete by itself.)

Adult Reader Reaction: The author's goal is to educate and entertain his audience. He is bonkers about space science and his enthusiasm is wildly contagious. He knows his audience and keeps them on the edge of their seat.

Pros: Science Fiction fans who love the nitty-gritty of all things intergalactic may enjoy this deep space adventure.

Cons: In his enthusiasm for his subject, the author thoughtfully included a glossary of scientific terms to help the reader cope with space jargon. The problem is that the reader has to continually refer to the glossary, causing him or her to break their train of thought.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Children who are excited about space travel, black holes, holograms, etc. will find this book interesting and exciting. Since it is a soft cover/comic book binding, the physical life span of the book will be short if it is purchased for a classroom or library shelf.

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Educational Themes: The author is excited about all facets of space science and travel. He has provided the reader with an enjoyable story along with the rudiments of space science. The book is sure to capture the attention of the reader and serve as a source of discussion of the concepts and theories involved in space travel.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 7.2. The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - science fiction, adventure, speculative fiction

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2009

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