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Friday 3 October 2014

Review: Jake in Space: Moon Attack

Jake isn't happy. He's off to Remedial Space Car Driving School. Soooo embarrassment, but when you fail your license thirty times, there really is need for intervention--there's no getting out of it.

The School is run on the moon and Jake finds it exactly how it appears in school books--grey and dusty. He tries to make the most of it--it's only one week after all, and he really wants that space car license.

To make things more pleasant, he meets some pretty cool kids--Henry from Jupiter, Rory from Mars, and Milly and Skye from Venus--and together they practice in the space car simulators and get along well, but something's strange about Henry.

When Jake discovers him walking on the moon without a space suit, he knows something's up--could he be searching for some kind of treasure? Or is he on the trail of an evil mastermind masquerading as a Driving School faciltator?

This is a fabulous romp of a book--a really fun adventure that was a pleasure to read. Candice Lemon-Scott has produced well-rounded characters and has included lovely plot twists and drama elements that are clearly-placed and lots of fun for young readers.

Plenty of cool space talk will have kids dreaming of a life in the future, where space cars are used by fifth-graders and cyborgs can become good friends.

This book would also suit older kids struggling to read.

Title: Jake in Space: Moon Attack
Author: Candice Lemon Scott
Illustrator: Celeste Hulme
Publisher: New Fontier, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925059090
For ages: 6 - 10
Type: Junior Fiction