See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng is a book that refuses to fit neatly into one category of children's literature.  It is the story of 11 year old Alex Petroski, a boy obsessed with the technology of space and rockets while also yearning to find a way to inform life beyond our planet about all facets of human life on Earth.  Using an old Ipod given to him, Alex constantly records his observations about the world around him and his own life, in hopes of sending the device into space and revealing truths about himself and his world to creatures of the beyond.  Alex's life is not free from the very real challenges of life, however.  His mother is struggling to function on a daily basis, he misses his older brother who is living in L.A., and Alex has many unanswered questions about the father who died when the boy was 3.  When Alex decides to travel to New Mexico from his home in Colorado for a rocket festival and attempt to launch his homemade rocket, he sets off on a journey that will change his life.  This sensitive and rather naive boy finds his life entwined with strangers who quickly become like family as well as family that had previously been a stranger.  Presented in a combination of narrative text and direct dialogue, this is a story with many facets sure to intrigue readers who appreciate characters with depth and dimension.  Best for readers 11+.

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