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.



Book Review: Space for Kids by Melissa Quinn

What if a single book became the first step for your kid to discover science in its most trending branch – astronomy? What if there was a chance to entertain your little cutie pie who keeps asking “why?,” while also learning awesome facts?

Watching the night sky, Kimmy and Jimmy can’t help but wondering: what is out there in space? Find out about little astronauts’ adventures in space and how things they learned about our Solar System can be turned to fun home activities.

Your kid will love this space travel book, because:

  • it’s not wordy, but gives fun and handy facts about planets and outer space exploration
  • illustrations made professionally and with love
  • it gives an explanation what the night sky is, as well as a chance to use imagination with no limits

Buy this kid astronaut book NOW to introduce the space science to your little one without boring and wordy facts!

My Review

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

Jimmy and Kimmy take a rocket to space and meet the planets. What a fun way to learn about them! The illustrations are colorful and cute. Each planet has a face and tells the children something special, such as the biggest planet, the hottest planet, the coldest planet, etc. It does all this without going into detailed explanations so children won’t tire of reading about them.

Space for Kids is definitely a book that young children will enjoy and learn from at the same time!