Flight of the Outcast by Brad Strickland
The Academy, Year 1

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Asteria Locke's Fight has just begun...


Asteria Locke has never left her father's farm on the remote planet of Theron. But in one terrible moment, a surprise attack by space raiders destroys everything she's ever known. Orphaned and alone, Asteria vows to avenge her father's death by joining the Royal Spacefleet Academy. . . even if she has to lie to get in.


Branded an outcast at the Academy from the start, Asteria must work twice as hard as the other students to prove herself. But in time, she suspects that the Aristocrats who torment her have more sinister motives than shaming a commoner. They'll stop at nothing to hide a secret from her father's past-a secret that could shift the balance of power throughout the entire universe.


Praise for Flight of the Outcast:


"Strickland creates a fast-moving story with plenty of action and a plucky central character, and the series' next installment will no doubt give more clues as to the nature of an evil conspiracy that involves aliens and a leading aristocratic family." - Booklist


"Good character development and plenty of momentum make this an enjoyable read, but there is clearly a lot more story ahead-this installment ends not with a cliffhanger but an anticipation of action yet to come." - Kirkus


"Strickland's first in a new space series is that rarest of creatures: well-done Hard Science Fiction Adventure for middle grade readers. Excellent world-building, strong character development, and a swift pace will have fans of the genre eagerly anticipating Asteria's next year at the Academy." - Voya

 

About Brad Strickland

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Brad Strickland has written or cowritten nearly sixty novels and about a hundred shorter works. Strickland also cowritten ten books in several series about Wishbone, Star Trek, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Sabrina, the Teen-Age Witch. Strickland has been a professional writer since his first sale to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1966. His first SF novel, To Stand Beneath the Sun, was published in 1985. Twice Strickland has been named the Georgia Author of the Year for young readers. He is also a Professor of English at Gainesville College. Joe Devito  is a lifelong Kong fanatic, as well as the co-writer and illustrator of the recently released graphic novel, "Kong: King of Skull Island," He lives in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. Co-writer BRAD STRICKLAND is best known for his Young Adult science fiction and fantasy work as well as co-writing "Kong: King of Skull Island," He is a professor of English at Gainesville College and lives in Oakwood, Georgia. Michlig is a writer and graphic designer.
 
Published March 20, 2010 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 226 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Anxious to leave the memory of her family’s demise as well as the restrictive religious authority on her home world of Theron, she escapes to the Royal Spacefleet Academy, where they have to give her a place in honor of her father’s past heroism.

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Strickland (Mars Year One ) attempts to capture the spirit of the classic Heinlein juveniles with this first book in the Academy series.

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The pages are jampacked with lots of cool sci-fi stuff, like the flight suits that are sort of sprayed on and automatically administer oxygen to the pilot’s body, books that are uploaded into the reader’s brain like a computer program, and the Cybots that are mostly robots with chunks of human br...

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