Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

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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.


About Frank Cottrell Boyce

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Frank Cottrell Boyce is a writer of books for young readers, most notably Millions, winner of the Carnegie Medal, and Cosmic, which garnered six starred reviews. He is also the author of The Unforgotten Coat. Frank Cottrell Boyce lives in England.Joe Berger is an editorial cartoonist, animator, and illustrator. He has illustrated numerous books, including the Nosy Crow title Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble by Tracey Corderoy. Joe Berger lives in England.
Published January 8, 2010 by Walden Pond Press. 324 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Twelve-year-old Liam Digby is Completely Doomed.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Cosmic

Publishers Weekly

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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

Dec 14 2009 | Read Full Review of Cosmic

The Guardian

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There are now loads of books about dads, books by dads, books for dads ...

Jul 12 2008 | Read Full Review of Cosmic

Publishers Weekly

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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.

Dec 14 2009 | Read Full Review of Cosmic


(One of those How to Talk to Your Teen books, which Liam later learns is the perfect resource for pretending to be a dad and conning his way onto the secret space mission.) Cosmic is the complete package -- a winning story, laugh-out-loud humor, charmy, witty and, above all, the perfect book for...

Jan 19 2010 | Read Full Review of Cosmic


Family members will be immersed in a fascinating exploration of SPACE CENTER HOUSTON and NASA that is scheduled to include a tour of the astronaut cafeteria, space vehicle mock-up facility, new mission control center, historic mission control center, and other unique space environment training fa...

Feb 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Cosmic


Award-winning novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce is back with a new children's book, Cosmic, taking a slightly skewed look at children, adults, and the gaps between them.

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Then his real dad shows up and saves them from any terrible accident he would have gotten into if his real dad hadn't shown up.

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Liam is the only one in class tall enough for the Cosmic, a ride that generates 4g—four times the gravitational force exerted by the Earth.

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Liam manages to do well as a father and appreciates his own father even more.

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Youth Services Book Review

Then, at the theme park, Liam successfully passes for his dad and goes on to compete against the other three contest winner dads to chaperone all the children on the best ride of all — a rocket ship that will circle the moon before returning to earth.

Apr 09 2010 | Read Full Review of Cosmic

Chicago Tribune

He returns, but not before a funny and often profound exploration of how parents and children behave, and of the essence of “dadliness.” Advice on outer space and life comes also from a character named Alan Bean, based on the astronaut.

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