Earth to Dad

by Van Dolzer, Krista,

Format: Print Book [2018]
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library New Juvenile JUV Van Dolz
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  New Juvenile
Call Number  JUV Van Dolz
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Fiction J VAN DOLZER KRISTA
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction VAN DOLZER Krista
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  VAN DOLZER Krista
North Versailles Public Library Juvenile Fiction J FIC VAND
Location  North Versailles Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J FIC VAND
Western Allegheny Community Library Middle Grade MG VAN DOLZER
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Middle Grade
Call Number  MG VAN DOLZER
Eleven-year-old Jameson O'Malley's dad is on Mars. The only way to see him, other than squinting into the night sky, is through the JICC - short for Jameson's Interplanetary Communication Console. Jameson thought the JICC would help shorten the millions of miles that stretch between Base Ripley and Mars, but he's is starting to realize no transmission can replace his real, actual father. When a new family moves onto Base Ripley, Jameson makes an unlikely friend in Astra Primm, daughter of the country's leading climatologist, who died in an explosion on Mars. But as Jameson's friendship with Astra grows stronger, he begins to notice the flaws in his own family. Mom is growing distant, and something is wrong with Dad. He's not sending transmissions as frequently as he used to, and when he does there are bags under his eyes. Jameson begins to realize there's more to the story than he knows - and plenty people aren't telling him. Determined to learn the truth and discover what happened to their parents, Jameson and Astra embark on a journey exploring life, loss, and friendship that will take them to the edge of their universe.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Earth's orbit is dying; the sun's heat has killed 49 percent of the population, and humanity needs a new planet to call home. A series of Mars missions have been deployed for this purpose, and fifth-grader Jason's dad is a member of the first. Jason lives with the other families of mission astronauts on Earth's Base Ripley, where he desperately wants a friend. Could Astra, the new girl across the street, be that person? At first, their friendship is tenuous because Astra is grieving over her mother's death on Mars Mission 6, but when Jason grows concerned about his father's well-being, their bond solidifies into something real. After Jason's attempts to communicate with his dad fail, he decides to sneak aboard a spaceship with Astra to find out what's happened. Elements in the book (loss, grief, anger, friendship, family dynamics, climate change, and space exploration) combine to make this a captivating read. Strong character development and plotting keep the pages turning as the two friends risk all for each other.--J. B. Petty Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Fathers and sons -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Space colonies -- Juvenile fiction.
Secrecy -- Juvenile fiction.
Science fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Family problems -- Fiction.
Space colonies -- Fiction.
Mars (Planet) -- Juvenile fiction.
Mars (Planet) -- Fiction.
Publisher North Mankato, Minnesota :[2018]
Language English
Description 311 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781684460120
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