Those gifted with power don’t get to choose a normal life.
Kitty Fairlow’s hunting skills come from more than years of protecting her secluded village. She inherited an ancient spirit, a secret long kept, even from her. Until now.
Grey-skinned creatures out of portals to a barren land rip Kitty away from her idyllic life. Her quest is to gather a group of heroes capable of defending their world against a race that devours life energy. Though she hasn’t prepared for this duty, she was born for it. She is a Constellation.
And she’s not the only one.
Kitty, along with a high-born dancer and snarky juggler who can’t stand each other, must find the rest of their kind soon. Because otherwise they’ll be dead before they even realise they are the last hope to save the world.
As a 12-year-old, would you like to lead a space mission with three other kids, and no adults?
This was the situation Sophie Williams found herself in. Having lost her dad a couple of years ago, she decided to try to make him proud and go for it.
It is 2068 and Space Command has been sending astronauts to distant planets for many decades now. However, no child has ever been into space, and they need to understand how children will cope.
After a relentless application process, Sophie is thrilled to be chosen to lead the mission. She is joined by Sahil, a science wonderkid from India, Leena, an incredible pilot from Finland, and Jack, a genius engineer from USA. They are helped by Codey, the latest space exploration robot, and Biggles the dog, who’s main skill is making people feel happy.
The children knew they would be the first kids in space, but they had no idea their journey would turn into the greatest adventure in human history.
This uplifting story inspires children to believe they can accomplish things that adults can only dream of and overcome the greatest of challenges. It provides us all with hope.
REVIEWS “This is the perfect read for kids and adults like. It was fun, inspiring, and especially empowering for young girls with dreams of doing something big with their life.” 4/5 Ariel – TheBookView.com, book blogger, https://thebookview.com/space-kids-the-journey-of-hope-review
“It made me feel really happy that middle-grade books nowadays are inclusive and not just in a way to add supporting characters from marginalised sections. 5/5” Alex – The shadow girl, book blogger, https://alextheshadowgirl.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/space-kids-the-journey-of-hope-by-alan-nettleton-by-alan-nettleton/
“The author’s creative juice drips from every single page. If it could excite a full-grown adult like me, I’m very sure that the children would find it the same way. 5/5” Siddharth C, Book reviewer https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/space-kids-alan-nettleton
“I wanted to show my boy that the stars and science and tech in general are the future and can be a massive source of inspiration and ambition for him. A side benefit was reinforcing that a woman (well, girl in this case) is just as likely to be the leader as any man. He loved the story, absolutely enticed even though there were some tricky concepts for a 6 year old to understand. But he got the gist of it and most of all just couldn’t wait to hear the next problem the kid team would come up against and how they managed to solve their way through it – offering his own thoughts along the way too of course. 5/5” Adam Hosier, parent