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Author: Jack Cheng Narrator: Brittany Pressley, Dan Bittner, Jason Culp, Pete Larkin, Susan Bennett, Courtney Shaw, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, Kivlighan de Montebello, Therese Plummer, a full cast Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781524750015
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A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Walk Two Moons.
 
11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.
 
For fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jack Cheng’s debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.

Read by Kivlighan de Montebello and a full cast, 
including Brittany Pressley (as Terra), Graham Halstead (as Steve), Michael Crouch (as Ronnie), and Jason Culp (as Zed). Additional narration provided by Therese Plummer, Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Pete Larkin, and Courtney Shaw.
 
2018 Audie Award Winner: Middle Grade
Audible Best Kids Audiobook of 2017 - Finalist
2017 Booklist Editors' Choice: Audios for Youth

2018 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording
2018 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
 
"The premise of the book--a story told through audio recordings--is a natural fit for an audiobook, and the narrators hit it out of the park."--Booklist, starred review

"Kivlighan de Montebello's engaging young voice embodies 11-year-old Alex Petroski...an altogether captivating listening experience."--AudioFile Earphones Award Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the Golden Kite Award
    A Top 10 IndieNext Pick
    Winner of the Great Lakes Great Reads Award
  • I love this book—the characters, the story, but most of all, the voice that writer Jack Cheng has created. See You in the Cosmos is the best I've read in a long, long, long time. It’s a story that changes the way you see the world. Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s 
  • Stellar. Entertainment Weekly
  • The more [Alex] learns the truth about his family, the more he begins to wonder what a family really is. And if yours isn’t working well, this novel asks, how do you make a better one? . . . Alex’s voice stayed with me. If extraterrestrials ever did find his Golden iPod, they would think Earthlings were wonderful". The New York Times Book Review
  • I haven't read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder . . . The very best books are rare and powerful magic. See You in the Cosmos is one of these. I wanted to stay forever in this funny, wise, beautiful world. Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places
  • ★ “Poignant and funny . . . propulsive . . . Alex’s strong voice drives this compelling personal journey with resonant themes of family, friendship, and resilience. Publishers Weekly, starred review

    “What makes this novel irresistible is Alex himself, a boy who's at once brilliant, clueless and alive with wonder.
  • ★ “A sweet, soulful debut novel with a brilliant, refreshing structure . . . Taking inspiration from the Voyager Golden Record released to space in 1977, Alex . . . records all the important moments of a journey that takes him from a family of two to a family of plenty. Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious. Kirkus, starred review
  • [A] life-embracing, stream-of-consciousness tale of family lost and found. The Wall Street Journal
  • This novel is a gift—a miracle. Alex fights with all of his magnificent, compassionate heart to remind us that we humans are first, last, and always creatures of hope. Jack Cheng is as brilliant as his debut, and more than that, he is wise. His novel made me want to be a better person. Paul Griffin, author When Friendship Followed Me Home
  • Beauty . . . hilarity . . . poignancy . . . this unique novel’s journey [is] one totally worth taking. The Christian Science Monitor
  • [An] absorbing, irresistible road trip story. . . . [Alex's] stubborn optimism is irresistible and inspiring. Common Sense Media
  • Exuberant and utterly believable.  Booklist

    “I was absolutely mesmerized by this book! . . . Mr. Cheng’s incredible storytelling reaffirmed my belief that creativity is still very much alive . . . . A wonderful read for middle grade-aged readers and beyond!
  • It is not always that we read a novel that so powerfully affirms our human capacity for grace and love and understanding; we need this book for the ways in which it gives us more to be human beings with. And it gives us Alex, whose face is turned to the stars. Gary D. Schmidt, author of Okay for Now
  • Alex Petroski has a big mind, big dreams, and a big heart. His story is full of the real kind of magic—friends well-met, surprising journeys, and heartbreak and hope. This is a beautiful book. Ally Condie, author of Matched 
  • Full of innocence and unwavering optimism, leaving the reader incapable of not rooting for Alex. . . .  This book skillfully explores the many emotions of an eleven-year-old boy and shows how young and old alike can bond over a love of science. SLC
  • Inspiring. Time for Kids
  • Luminous and heartfelt, 11-year-old Alex Petroski’s story will grab your heart and expand it. ImaginationSoup
  • “[See You in the Cosmos] reminded me a little of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon . . . [Cheng’s is] a very touching book. GeekDad

    "[A] poignant, memorable debut . . . entirely and deeply human.
  • “Kivlighan de Montebello’s engaging young voice embodies eleven-year-old Alex Petroski…The episodic action—which includes narrators Brittany Pressley, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp, and others as supporting characters—makes it easy to suspend disbelief and renders this an altogether captivating listening experience. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello’s engaging young voice, Alex records an audio diary of his journey and the friends he meets along the way to create an endearing tale of friendship and family.”

    ReadBrightly (An Ultimate Audiobook Pick for Summer 2017)

  • “Stellar.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Life-embracing.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Irresistible.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A propulsive stream-of-conscious dive…Alex’s strong voice drives this compelling personal journey with resonant themes of family, friendship, and resilience.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Top 10 Indie Next List Selection
  • A YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults selection
  • The 2018 Audie Award Winner for Best Narration in Middle Grade Fiction

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About the Author

Jack Cheng was born in Shanghai, raised in Michigan, and lived in Brooklyn for a decade before settling in Detroit. See You in the Cosmos is his first novel for young readers.

About the Narrators

Brittany Pressley has won several Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2018. She has recorded over one hundred titles and has received several nominations for American Library Association’s annual list of Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and voice actress. Her voice can be heard on national and international TV and radio commercials as well as several animated series and video games. She is a graduate of Columbia University.

Dan Bittner is an actor and voice talent and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards for audio narration. He has starred on stage and on the screen, in movies such as Men in Black, Adventureland, and the Producers: The Movie Musical. He has also appeared onstage as Macbeth and Sherlock Holmes in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Jason Culp, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has been acting since the age of ten, and his credits include a variety of television, theater, and film roles. He is best known for his role as Julian Jerome on General Hospital. In addition to audiobooks and voice-over work in national commercials, he has also narrated documentaries for National Geographic and the History Channel.

Pete Larkin has narrated dozens of audiobook titles, won five Earphones Awards, and been a finalist in 2012 for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been praised for his expert ability to speak in multiple accents. He is also an on-camera host and accomplished voice-over artist for hundreds of commercials and promos for a variety of companies, corporations, and governmental agencies. He was the public address announcer for the New York Mets and has worked as a radio jockey in New York, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.

Susan Bennett, Earphones Award-winning narrator, has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. She also dabbles in the music industry as the singer and keyboardist for The Interactive! Band. Along with her guitarist husband, Rick Hinkle, she is the co-owner of Audiocam Music, a full-service recording studio.

Courtney Shaw is an actress, singer and voice-over artist who has had leads Off-Broadway, regionally, and in film. In New York City she has performed at The Jerry Orbach Theatre, The Mint, Westside Theatre, Circle in the Square, New World Stages, The Kaufman Music Center, Urban Stages, and The Brick. Courtney is a proud graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School’s two-year musical theater program. Originally from Connecticut, Courtney began acting professionally at the age of fourteen as the First Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Ivoryton Playhouse.

Graham Halstead, an Earphones Award and Audie Award–winning narrator, is a professionally trained actor and voice artist. As an actor, he has worked internationally in Edinburgh and London, as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His youthful, easy-flowing voice can be heard on television and radio voicing spots for Airborne and Allegra.

Michael Crouch is an actor based in New York City. His audiobook narration has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, and Best of the Year accolades from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, and the animé series Pokémon XY and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.

Kivlighan de Montebello is a voice artist and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who was awarded a prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018.

Marilynne Robinson is a recipient of the 2017 Chicago Tribune Literary Award for lifetime achievement. She has received the 2016 Library of Congress Prize of American Fiction and a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama for “her grace and intelligence in writing.” She is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country, which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

George Lefferts is a writer, producer, playwright, poet, and director of television dramas, motion pictures, radio dramas, and socially conscious documentaries, whose original plays and films for television have won the Emmy Award six times and the Golden Globe twice.