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Space Case

by Stuart Gibbs

Series: Moon Base Alpha (1)

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Now a winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award! It's a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School. Like his fellow lunarnauts-otherwise known as Moonies-living on Moon Base Alpha, twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon. And he's bored out of his mind. Kids aren't allowed on the lunar surface, meaning they're trapped inside the tiny moon base with next to nothing to occupy their time-and the only other kid Dash's age spends all his time hooked into virtual reality games. Then Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there's foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Everyone agrees Dr. Holtz went onto the lunar surface without his helmet properly affixed, simple as that. But Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, Dash finds out, and it's a secret that could change everything for the Moonies-a secret someone just might kill to keep...… (more)
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A good classic mystery/sf combo set on Moon Base, which is definitely not as exciting as the brochures make it out to be... though when someone dies mysteriously, it gets rather more interesting for our twelve year old hero. Interestingly he gets a little help from a newly arrived crewmember who also may be a little mysterious... ( )
  bunnyjadwiga | Apr 2, 2024 |
I didn't see the ending coming! Cool details about living on the moon. ( )
  filemanager | Nov 29, 2023 |
This book is on a 3rd- 4th grade reading level. This book has been nominated for many awards including the Edgar Award and Maine Book Award, but has never won an award.
  DianaB123 | Nov 22, 2021 |
A murder mystery in 2040 on Moon Base Alpha. 12-year-old Dash Gibson, is really bored, cooped up on Moon Base Alpha, with his scientist parents and younger sister. While voiding a horrific meal, he overhears one of the other scientists (Dr. Holtz) speaking excitedly about a big discovery. The next morning, he is found dead, having gone on a moonwalk without securing his spacesuit. Suicide is blamed, but Dash suspects foul play and starts his own investigation over the strident objections of the commander, to a large extent because nobody wants bad publicity for the project. Some excellent storyline twists, with Dash uncovering some simmering resentments. Good for younger readers, especially for those who enjoy kids triumphing over adults. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Fairly cute kid-oriented murder mystery on the moon. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
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Now a winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award! It's a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School. Like his fellow lunarnauts-otherwise known as Moonies-living on Moon Base Alpha, twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon. And he's bored out of his mind. Kids aren't allowed on the lunar surface, meaning they're trapped inside the tiny moon base with next to nothing to occupy their time-and the only other kid Dash's age spends all his time hooked into virtual reality games. Then Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there's foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Everyone agrees Dr. Holtz went onto the lunar surface without his helmet properly affixed, simple as that. But Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, Dash finds out, and it's a secret that could change everything for the Moonies-a secret someone just might kill to keep...

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Like his fellow lunarnauts—otherwise known as Moonies—living on Moon Base Alpha, twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon.

And he’s bored out of his mind. Kids aren’t allowed on the lunar surface, meaning they’re trapped inside the tiny moon base with next to nothing to occupy their time—and the only other kid Dash’s age spends all his time hooked into virtual reality games.

Then Moon Base Alpha’s top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there’s foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Everyone agrees Dr. Holtz went onto the lunar surface without his helmet properly affixed, simple as that. But Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, Dash finds out, and it’s a secret that could change everything for the Moonies—a secret someone just might kill to keep...
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