Cosmic (Hardcover)

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Liam has always felt a bit like he's stuck between two worlds. This isprimarily because he's a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he's about thirty. Sometimes it's not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it's just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It's not long before Liam, along with his friends, is stuck between two worlds again--only this time he's 239,000 miles from home.

Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Millions and Framed, brings us a funny and touching story of the many ways in which grown-upness is truly wasted on grown-ups.

Praise For…

...A hilarious and heartfelt examination of “dadliness” in all its forms...A can’t-miss offering from an author whose latest novel may be his best yet.
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

[Frank Cottrell Boyce] has created a riveting, affecting, sometimes snortingly funny “what-if” scenario...Liam’s musings on what it takes to be a good, responsible father are dryly comical but also charmingly earnest. A high-levity zero-gravity romp.
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A story of human possibility with a lot of adventure, or an adventure with full credit given to human possibility? Either way, it’s a fantastic, funny, and moving novel....Celebrates not only the spirit of exploration but the human connectedness that allows it to flower.
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Readers will appreciate the sharp, realistic, and very funny dialogue.
-School Library Journal (starred review)

In his latest extravagantly imaginative and marvelously good-natured novel, [Frank Cottrell Boyce has] written one that is bound to win readers’ hearts...This is not only a story about big lads, but also about dads and dadliness!
-Booklist (starred review)

This superb humorous and inventive “cosmic” adventure celebrated space travel, friendships, and dads.
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)

“Stunningly original…the concept is immediately booktalkable and the telling is riveting; a book of such wealth—of any kind—is valuable indeed.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review of Millions
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Truly a masterpeice.” — School Library Journal, starred review of Framed
-School Library Journal (starred review)

With echoes of Roald Dahl . . . the novel ends with an elegant punch line, and a touching endorsement of filial love.
-New York Times Book Review

Cottrell Boyce has a gift for suspending disbelief, for laugh-out-loud comedy. “Cosmic” is Liam’s favorite term of approval. It applies to this book.
-London Times

His third novel, and his best yet. Hugely funny and utterly gripping.
-The Guardian

Hilariously inventive. Frank Cottrell Boyce makes you laugh and think about parents and growing up, about the goodness of gravity and the infinite stars.
-Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061836831
ISBN-10: 0061836834
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Publication Date: January 19th, 2010
Pages: 313
Language: English