Book Review: One Giant Leap by Ben Gartner

I’m pretty sure I’m about to die in space. And I just turned twelve and a half.
Blast off with the four winners of the StellarKid Project on a trip to the International Space Station and then to the Gateway outpost orbiting the Moon! It’s a dream come true until space junk collides with the ISS, turning their epic trip into a nightmare of survival. Alone aboard the Aether starship, the kids have to work as a team to save the adults before the ISS is destroyed. Suit up, cadet, and launch into adventure with One Giant Leap!


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I had read Sol Invictus and The Eye of Ra by Ben Gartner and they were good middle grade stories, so I was looking forward to reading One Giant Leap. It’s my favorite of his so far!

This futuristic science fiction story is sure to be a hit with middle grade readers. It’s full of action and suspense and the dream coming true of going into space. I’m sure many kids dream of going to space one day like I did. When the US landed on the moon in 1969, I was 8 years old and thought we’d be much further along in space travel by now.

Each of the four kids chosen for the StellarKid Project has their own strengths and weaknesses, but they are all super smart in their area of expertise. They are as different as you would expect when you get four kids from different lifestyles together. They learn to work together, and inevitably, their teamwork saves the adults and one of their own.

There’s a lot of interesting information about space and NASA programs that kids will enjoy and even more information in the epilogue about the author’s research.

This is definitely a book that middle schoolers and older readers will enjoy with its mix of space adventure, suspense, and even a mystery.

About the Author

Ben Gartner is the award-winning author of adventure books for middle graders. His stories take readers for a thrilling ride, maybe even teaching them something on the journey. Ben can be found living and writing near the mountains with his wife and two boys.