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Summary: The voyage that began in Galahad 1 continues as the 250 teenagers travel even farther in the solar system. This time, they not only had difficulty with the Kuiper Belt outside their ship, but a mutinous crew on board. Every so often, a technical problem occurred, resulting in minor chaos and confused Council members. Most of these occurrences were dealt with quickly, but even in these short periods of time, the chance of colliding with asteroids rose too much for comfort. The Council members all racked their minds and knowledge of how to navigate safely through the Belt with no avail, until another crew member tipped them in. Turns out, the only possible solution came from an alarming, and not quite reliable, source. This is the third volume in this series of Teen space explorers.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 13; read yourself: 10 to 13
Young Reader Reaction: The Cassini Code is a thrilling story to read, but I still got irked with a few parts. There were times when a few of the characters' feelings and thoughts did not connect with the story, making it hard to piece together what the character had done during the time that had elapsed. Still, the story was very much improved over Galahad 2. This book has many features I think are wonderful: the relationships among crew members intensified; it was dramatic; and various events could could occur in a middle school student's life. This allowed me to thoroughly enjoy the story. I do not recall reading another book with the use of so many noticeable themes. Overall, Galahad 3 is a great book that I am sure many other middle-school students would enjoy as well. I would definitely pick this book out at the book store.
Adult Reader Reaction: It takes a lot of talent to write a book that is interesting, informative, and fun to read. To write a sequel to such a book, that sustains and amplifies the qualities of the original, is an awesome accomplishment. This book is the third in the series and the author keeps his audience on the edge of their seat for 267 pages.
Pros: Teens will relate to the characters, all of whom are typical teenagers. The plot and sub-plots are plausible and will keep the reader actively engaged.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book that will be a fun read for adolescents, especially someone who enjoys science fiction, buy this book for them. The characters are typical teenagers with whom the reader will relate and empathize. The plot and sub-plots are plausible and will keep the reader actively engaged.
Educational Themes: This book is an exceptionally well crafted piece of science fiction. The work was written for adolescents and they relate very favorably to the story and the teen role models aboard Galahad. The author has provided a work that adolescents will enjoy, share with friends, and keep their interest in reading
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, middle grade series
Date(s) Reviewed: March 2008, July 2008
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