See You in the Cosmos

Published Feb 2017 • IndieboundAmazon, iBooksB&NLibraries


See You in the Cosmos is both my first novel for young readers, and my first novel to be published by a major publisher. Here’s the description from the (quite beautiful) jacket:

Jacket Art: Heads of State / Art Director: Jacqui McDonough

Jacket Art: Heads of State / Art Director: Jacqui McDonough

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 also coming out 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. If you’re interested in how the manuscript became a published novel, I’m currently producing a podcast about just that.

A number of really cool people (mostly librarians, booksellers, 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:

I love this book—the characters, the story, but most of all, the voice . . . See You in the Cosmos is the best I’ve read in a long, long, long time. It’s a story that changes the way you see the world.
— Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of New York Times bestseller Counting by 7s
This novel is a gift—a miracle. Alex fights with all of his magnificent, compassionate heart to remind us that we humans are first, last, and always creatures of hope. [This] novel made me want to be a better person.
— Paul Griffin, author of When Friendship Followed Me Home
It is not always that we read a novel that so powerfully affirms our human capacity for grace and love and understanding; we need this book for the ways in which it gives us more to be human beings with.
— Gary D. Schmidt, author of National Book Award finalist Okay for Now
I haven’t read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder . . . I wanted to stay forever in this funny, wise, beautiful world.
— Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places
Alex Petroski has a big mind, big dreams, and a big heart. His story is full of the real kind of magic—friends well-met, surprising journeys, and heartbreak and hope. This is a beautiful book.
— Ally Condie, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Matched

It’s also earned starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly (major spoilers in both) as well as positive reviews from School Library Connection and Booklist.

Available Feb 28  •  Order here: Indiebound, Amazon, iBooksB&N

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