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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,867 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.”

    Times (London)

  • “His third novel, and his best yet. Hugely funny and utterly gripping.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “This superb humorous and inventive ‘cosmic’ adventure celebrates space travel, friendships, and dads.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “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)

  • “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)

  • “Readers will appreciate the sharp, realistic, and very funny dialogue.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • A 2010 Booklist Top 10 in Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels for Youth
  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book in Children's Fiction
  • A 2010 School Library Journal Best Book for Children
  • Shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize
  • Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barbara Wright | 2/9/2014

    " A wonderful joy ride. Too tall middle schooler Liam grows up a bit on an unexpected trip to the moon with four other kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ryan | 2/4/2014

    " Frank Cottrell Boyce knows how to spin an exciting tale. Right from the beginning, Liam, the main character, seemed out of place with his peers. Boyce was able to use a few humorous examples to demonstrate how Liam didn't really fit in with any group, and most middle-school-aged kids can relate to that feeling on some level. His (Liam's) enjoyment of adventure and willingness to take risks continued to get him into outrageous situations in the book, but despite their outrageousness the reader could see how each little event led up to positioning Liam in the situations he found himself in. Overall, it was a higly-pleasing, well-crafted story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chelle | 1/25/2014

    " One of the best books that I've read this year. I really can't say enough about it. Funny, endearing, and a ridiculous story that's all about fathers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rita Crayon Huang | 1/25/2014

    " Brilliant! And funny. I cannot wait to read all of this author's other books! "

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