Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson
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Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, authors of the beloved Familiars series, ramp up the action in this space-age adventure that School Library Journal calls "a satisfying choice," perfect for fans of Star Wars and Percy Jackson.
Zachary Night has been waiting his whole life for this moment. Like his family before him, he's finally headed to Indigo 8, a top secret training center where future Starbounders learn the skills to protect the galaxy. But being a Starbounder is no walk on the moon. No sooner has Zachary mastered the warp glove basics than a mission into space goes wrong and puts him and his new friends right in the line of fire. And when a plot to destroy Indigo 8 comes to light, Zachary will have to get back to Earth on his own and fast—before there's no Earth left to go back to.
With the "winning combination of action and humor" (SLJ, starred review) that earned The Familiars an Indie Next List Pick and eight state award nominations, Starbounders is an out-of-this-world adventure that has surefire kid appeal.
wait to find out. “Lock down the cargo area!” Wilcox shouted back to the cabin. A crew member raced over to try to close the door, but a lightning ball struck him in the chest and sent him tumbling backward through the air. Six alien figures emerged from the open cargo hold. But these weren’t the vreeks. They were a grizzly-looking crew of off-planet thugs, armed with voltage slingshots and sonic crossbows. Zachary noticed that they all had shockles on their wrists and ankles, but the chains
together. Zachary turned to the ship and prepared to launch his mag hook back at the side. But before he was able to activate it, a small chunk of cosmic ice cracked against the mag hook’s handle, knocking it loose from Zachary’s grip and sending it tumbling toward the grinders. Ryic had managed to pull himself to Zachary’s side but seemed too overcome with panic to think clearly. Zachary knew that they needed a way to propel themselves to the station’s surface, but there was nothing close
anything I don’t know about, put it away now.” His stare fell on Kaylee. She pulled a voltage slingshot out from her boot and tossed it on the ground. “Where did you get that?” Zachary asked. “I swiped it from one of the IPDL officers after the neutron burst,” she replied. A ramp descended from the side of the ship, and Skold led the group down to the ground. They walked over to one of the hangar exits, where an outerverse being with no legs but a plethora of arms was seated in a wheeled
of those scouting beacons in our tailfin.” Zachary peered into the corner of the front window, where a holographic projection displayed a view of the back of the ship. He could see the flashing from the light that had become tangled around one of the ship’s steering flaps. “If we don’t get that thing off quick, we’re going to become slicer feed,” Kaylee said. Zachary steered the ship so that it made quick jolts, accelerating and decelerating. He thought he could make the beacon break free.
weaponry. Quee pointed to the white circular hallway that led to the Callisto space hangar. To get there, they would have to cross a wide expanse littered with debris. There were chunks of staircase spiraling upside down, hovering platforms, and even metal rings floating in every direction. This was like the Qube’s zero-gravity obstacle course times a thousand. But this was no race. Everyone had to get to the finish line. Zachary gave a nod and pushed off, soaring past halogen tubes and pieces