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By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Tween and space pirates face perils in fast-moving epic.

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This fast-moving, emotionally complex, plot-twisting space epic will bring howls of anguished suspense, as its cliffhanger ending will have you on the edge of your seat for some time. There's a lot to like in this tale of young Leo Fender (no apparent relation to the guitar genius), an asthmatic, anxious tween in the late 21st century, who finds himself a Stowaway on an intergalactic pirate ship trying to save his family and Earth itself. Which won't be easy, as the planet is being rapidly strip-mined into toxicity and environmental collapse by a technologically superior alien race -- and being bombarded by yet another alien race who wants the rare mineral for itself. In author John David Anderson's spacefaring dystopia, it's hard to know whom to trust or how to act for the best -- but Leo has to try, and we're right there with him.

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