Life on Mars

Life on Mars

Book - 2014
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Twelve-year-old Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers comes from a family of stargazers and his quest to find life on other planets is unstoppable.

But when Arty's family announces they're moving to Las Vegas, the City of Lights threatens to put an end to his stargazing dreams forever--especially when he has to stay with his scary next door neighbor while his parents look for a house. As it turns out, "Mr. Death" isn't terrifying at all--he's actually Cash Maddox, a bonafide astronaut! But when Cash falls ill, will Arty find the courage to complete his mission by himself? And might he actually prove, once and for all, that there is life on Mars?

For fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce's Cosmic and Jack Gantos's Dead End in Norvelt comes a heartwarming story of true friendship--earthly or otherwise.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
ISBN: 9781619632523
Branch Call Number: j F BROWN J
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm


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ChristchurchLib Oct 27, 2014

"Using a complicated system of light and mirrors, Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers (better known as Arty) and his friends search the night sky in hopes of communicating with life on Mars. But Arty knows he'll have to give up both his search and his friends when his family moves from Missouri to Las Vegas, Nevada -- a move which Arty is even more reluctant to make after learning that the weird old guy next door is actually Cash Maddux, an ex-astronaut who shares Arty's extraterrestrial obsession. Combining gross humour with cosmic factoids and honest emotions, Life on Mars is a funny and (mostly) realistic read." Kids' Books October 2014 newsletter


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