Mike Stellar : nerves of steel

by Holt, K. A.

Format: Print Book 2009
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Blast off to deep-space adventure and hijinks! Things are not so stellar for Mike Stellar. He is stunned when his parents inform him that he has only eight hours to pack before they move to Mars. Despite the fact that he suspects his parents are involved in a major sabotage plot; that the only person who believes him is a girl who won't shut up; and that his mother's assistant seems to be spying on Mike's every move, Mike is dealing with the same things that every eleven-year-old deals with: bad cafeteria food, a strict limitation on his electronic use, and a teacher who is so old-fashioned she must be from the year 2099. With great humor and lots of action, K. A. Holt's first novel is set to give summer reading an out-of-this-world blast of fun.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the year 2174, Mike Stellar's parents suddenly announce that he needs to join them on an expedition to colonize Mars. He is less than enthusiastic about the trip, partly because he left his sister and best friend behind, but also because many things seem fishy from the start. Mike begins to investigate the mission and is helped in his efforts by an eccentric girl (blue braces, ill-fitting clothes, goofy outlook) named Larc. As the plot unwinds, Mike discovers that his parents are part of a secret scheme to rescue a lost spaceship and to thwart efforts to heedlessly colonize planets. He also discovers some astonishing truths about Larc's identity. Holt deftly blends the fantastical technologiy with objects from our contemporary world, and she fills out the exciting, if somewhat complicated story with smoothly integrated humor. Sci-fi fans who enjoy reading about a future world filled with laughs will enjoy this.--Morning, Todd Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Even though he lives in the year 2174, Mike Stellar is a fairly normal preteen: good-humored, slightly disgruntled when it comes to schoolwork and a bit of a troublemaker along with his hyper best friend Stinky ("the human embodiment of the word 'staccato' "). When his scientist parents announce that the family is moving to Mars without providing a reason, Mike's detective work begins. He puts on a brave face ("I wanted to meet my fate like a man. Even if just a hyperventilating man in a shiny jumpsuit"), but is shaken by the changes and the sudden appearance of his parents' assistant, creepy Mr. Shugabert, who watches his every step. As their spaceship Sojourner approaches "the Fold" in which the last shuttle was presumed destroyed (and Stinky's brother lost), Mike and his odd new friend Larc gather clues and analyze who they can trust. Holt's children's book debut whizzes by at warp speed-the suspenseful plot and the precocious yet complex hero combine for a fun ride with a satisfying resolution. Ages 9-12. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Planets -- Environmental engineering -- Juvenile fiction.
Space flight to Mars -- Juvenile fiction.
Cyborgs -- Juvenile fiction.
Space colonies -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Planets -- Environmental engineering -- Fiction.
Space flight to Mars -- Fiction.
Cyborgs -- Fiction.
Space colonies -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Publisher New York :Random House,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Nerves of steel
Language English
Description 262 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780375845567 (trade)
0375845569 (trade)
9780375945564 (lib. bdg.)
0375945563 (lib. bdg.)
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