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Summary: The comet Bhaktul passes by Earth and debris from its tail contaminates the atmosphere. Earth is doomed. 251 teenagers , with the help of a super computer ROC, launch the space vehicle Galahad 1 to save humanity. The first book in this series, Galahad I describes the adventures the teens experience on this, the first stage of their travels.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, advanced reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 13; read yourself: 10 to 13
Young Reader Reaction: You really know you’ve read a good book when you start to feel as you read the last few pages that you don’t want the story to end. You start feeling pangs of regret that you’re about to leave characters you’ve become fond of and involved with and that you’ll never know what happens to them. This book has all the elements of a good story — plot situation, characters you care about, and believable dialogue. You’re going to be seeing this story as a movie or TV show sometime in the next few years. It’s a natural.
Adult Reader Reaction: The narrative is crisp and clear, the pace is quick, the characters, mostly teenagers, are presented as responsible and capable young people not Brittanys or Jasons. There will be sequels.
Pros: The reader is engaged immediately. The story is imaginative, the primary characters are teenagers, the plot and sub-plots are believable, and the pace is quick. Young women have the majority of leadership roles as well.
Borrow or Buy: Buy this book for a teenager interested in space, mystery, computers, or teens. This is a great read.
Educational Themes: The teenagers in this book, particularly females, are presented as responsible and capable people. These young people carry out adult responsibilities, make decisions, and manage their peers. It is refreshing to see teens portrayed as role models.
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