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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

The wild and wacky world of Astronaut Academy is back! It's spring semester at this futuristic institution of learning, and Hakata Soy has lost his heart. Literally. And he's not the only one . . . something is stalking the halls of Astronaut Academy, impersonating the crush-objects of students and making off with their extra hearts! With a sprawling cast of unforgettable characters, Astron…

Overall Book Review:

A quote on the cover of this book says, “Hilariously wacky!” That about sums it up. Dave Roman is known for his wackiness, and he doesn’t disappoint with this second installment in the Astronaut Academy series. I laughed out loud several times while reading it.

With tons of allusions to classic sci-fi movies, video games and comic book heroes, Astronaut Academy: Re-entry is a fun romp through space with an exciting plot and sweet message. Puns and irony abound! Most kids won’t get all the references, but they’ll still love the story line and quirky characters, not to mention the fantastic artwork. Roman’s tongue-in-cheek style moves the story along brilliantly. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the “fireball” backdrop, and romance lovers will appreciate the tension and resolution involved in typical (?) school relationships. I recommend this “hilariously wacky” graphic novel to anyone who gets a kick out of Manga.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by First Second Books


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore: Two characters fist fight, resulting in a bloody nose.

Sex/Nudity:  Several characters flirt; a character kisses another character on the cheek.

Mature Subject Matter:

Kidnapping, abandonment, bullying, rivalry.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

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About the Reviewer

I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. My mother would often find me curled up in a corner, avoiding chores with a book–or two. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a large selection of YA books. I had children’s books and adult literature to choose from. I’ve come to love YA fiction as an adult and read almost nothing else when I read for pleasure–any genre will do.