See You in the Cosmos
A novel by Jack Cheng about a space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, taking a journey toward family, love, bravery and truth.
See You in the Cosmos is both my first novel for ages ten and up, and my first novel to be published by a major publisher. Here’s the description from the (quite beautiful) jacket:
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.
Sound interesting? I hope so. The novel’s being published jointly by Dial Books for Young Readers (US) and Puffin (UK). It’s coming out the same week in Germany, under the title, Hallo Leben, hörst du mich? (“Hello Life, do you hear me?”) and will be available in a bunch of other languages later in the year. I’m also producing a podcast about the making of the book.
A number of really cool people (mostly librarians and other authors) have already read advanced copies of See You in the Cosmos, and here are some of the (awfully nice) things they’re saying about it:
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