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Category: Children’s Book Reviewed by: Marianne Dyson Title: The City of Ember Author: Jeanne DuPrau Reading Level: Ages 9-12 NSS Amazon link for this book

Category: Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Ted Spitzmiller Title: The Space Shuttle Decision Author: T. A. Heppenheimer NSS Amazon link for this book Format: Paperback Pages: 488

Category: Children’s Book Reviewed by: Marianne Dyson Title: Darok 9 Author: H. J. Ralles Reading Level: Ages 9-12 NSS Amazon link for this book Format:

Category: Fiction Reviewed by: Ken Murphy Adapted from Ken’s Out of the Cradle website with permission Title: The Astronaut Farmer Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia

Category: Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Bart Leahy Title: Rocket Man: Robert H. Goddard and the Birth of the Space Age Author: David A. Clary NSS Amazon

Category: Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Masse Bloomfield Title: Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space Author: Chris Jones NSS Amazon link

Category: Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Susan Raizer Title: Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet Author: Steven W. Squyres NSS Amazon link

Category: Fiction Reviewed by: Marianne Dyson Title: Old Man’s War Author: John Scalzi NSS Amazon link for this book Format: Paperback Pages: 320 Publisher: Tor

Category: Children’s Book Reviewed by: Marianne Dyson Title: Faraway Worlds: Planets Beyond Our Solar System Author: Paul Halpern, PhD Illustrator: Lynette R. Cook Reading Level:

Category: Children’s Book Reviewed by: Gina Hagler Title: Home on the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier Author: Marianne J. Dyson Reading Level: Ages 8-12

Category: Non-Fiction Reviewed by: Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides Reprinted from Ad Astra Spring 2007 Title: Space on Earth: Saving Our World by Seeking Others Author: Charles

Category: Fiction Reviewed by: Allen G. Taylor Title: Red Lightning Author: John Varley NSS Amazon link for this book Format: Paperback Pages: 368 Publisher: Ace

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