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Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (2008)


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4.5 stars. A fun story. Just because you look older doesn't mean you should be treated that way. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
This science fiction/fantasy is more than just an entertaining read, it is chock full of meanings, messages, and milestone. Liam's experiences teach him and us not just about the vastness of the universe, but about adulthood, parenthood, and childhood as well. Adults and children are really not all that different, and when they are, each quality has its strengths.I think this is an important message for kids to be exposed to, especially because they are too frequently underestimated in the real world. The author also has a fantastic metaphor running throughout the book about World of Warcraft, which is informative and enlightening regardless of the reader's familiarity with the game.
  biarias | Mar 10, 2014 |
This is a great book for teenagers that are going through puberty. Anyone who feels out of places for one reason or another will be able to relate to Liam. He feels awkward because he has facial hair and is judged by it because he is so young. He tries to hide his physical features by making friends through technology. No one knows how he looks like, he can act like the 12 year old that he is. They accept him for who he is. What i love the most about this book is that Liam becomes some what of a role model and he learns to appreciate his father and values being a kid.
  mariasegoviano | Feb 22, 2014 |
Very funny and heartwarming. ( )
  2wonderY | Feb 14, 2014 |
Very good. Had me laughing out loud. very funny. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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The hero of Boyce’s enchanting third novel has grown a bit over the summer. “Seven inches is not a spurt,” his father says. “Seven inches is a mutation.” Having facial hair and the height of an adult is a nuisance for 12-year-old Liam, until he realizes he can pass for a grownup. The charade escalates into danger when Liam passes himself off as his own father and wins a trip to a new theme park in China with his friend Florida, where they will be the first to experience an out-of-this-world new thrill ride. “The Rocket” turns out to be a real rocket, and the novel opens with Liam and four other kids literally lost in space. What follows is a hilarious and heartfelt examination of “dadliness” in all its forms, including idiotic competitiveness and sports chatter, but also genuine care and concern. Luckily for the errant space cadets, Liam possesses skills honed playing World of Warcraft online—yes, here is a novel, finally, that confirms that playing computer games can be good for you. A can’t-miss offering from an author whose latest novel may be his best yet. Ages 8–12.
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12-year old Liam looks like he's thirty. Sometimes it's not bad; for example on the first day of school the principal mistakes Liam for a teacher or when he convinces a car dealer to let him test drive a Porsche. So feeling like he's stuck between two worlds, Liam cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space. But when the ship is stuck 230,000 miles from home, being mistaken for an adult is not good.… (more)

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