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Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Mass, Wendy, Brawer, Michael, Gravel, Elise (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0316243221     ISBN-13: 9780316243223
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
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Published: March 2015
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Annotation: When an underwater planet is drying up, eight-year-old Archie Morningstar, his taxi driver dad, and Pockets the cat take off on an intergalactic mission to save it.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Interplanetary voyages; Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Fathers and sons; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Science & Technology
- Juvenile Fiction | Science Fiction
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2013044221
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Space Taxi
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.25 lbs) 119 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 168910
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 2.0
 
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Archie, his dad, and their talking cat Pockets set off on their next space mission: to find out who is stealing all of planet Nautilus's water. While searching for clues, Archie discovers magnetic stones and a screwdriver that ultimately help them unmask the thieves. This funny space adventure includes black-and-white illustrations and three appended science facts "to impress your friends and teachers."

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Archie discovers that his plain old dad is in fact an interstellar taxi driver--and Archie is his new space taxi copilot, able to read the special map that guides the cab through wormholes and galaxies. The plot moves right along, helping the newly independent reader stay engaged. Occasional black-and-white cartoon illustrations add to the fun and keep the pages turning.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #4)
"Take Your Kid to Work Day" will never again be the same for Archie. He has been waiting "eight years, eight months, and eight days" for the big day. Waking up for work at midnight is not too unusual for a taxi driver like Mr. Morningstar, but little does Archie know that his plain old dad is in fact an interstellar taxi driver, hauling all sorts of folks to other planets and beyond. It turns out that Archie's destiny is tied to the space taxi: he has the rare -- and until this moment undiscovered -- power to be a space taxi copilot. He can read the special map that guides the lightning-fast cab through wormholes, planets, suns, and galaxies. Everything about these new planets is a surprise to Archie, from zero gravity to a talking cat with the outrageous name of Pilarbing Fangorious to passengers who turn out to be criminals. The plot moves right along, helping the newly independent reader stay engaged. The description of the map is especially enticing: who wouldn't love a 3-D map that changes with every turn, opening up whole new galaxies? Occasional black-and-white cartoon illustrations add to the fun and keep the pages turning. The number 1 on the book's spine indicates that this is just the first adventure for Archie -- here's to more to come! robin l. smith Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 October)

Gr 2–4—Eight-year-old Archie Morningstar and his dad join Pockets, an agent of the Intergalactic Security Force posing as an ordinary cat, on another crucial mission in space. This time, the trio is dispatched to Nautilus, a planet where most of the inhabitants live underwater. Before setting off, they will need to modify their space taxi to function as a submarine. Once on Nautilus, the team must discover why the water on the planet is suddenly disappearing. If they can't figure out the mystery and reverse the effects, the aliens on the planet won't be able to survive. The humor, introduction to a new alien world, and fast, energetic pacing will keep readers of this early chapter book series engaged. Archie's first-person present-tense narration puts readers right with him as he meets new creatures and has exciting experiences alongside Pockets and his dad. Science concepts related to the story, such as cloud formation and magnetite, are explained at the end. Those looking for a fast-paced, out-of-this-world adventure will want to hail the space taxi for a ride.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 May)

Gr 2–4—At eight years, eight months, and eight days old, Archie Morningstar is finally old enough to join his dad on the midnight taxi shift for "Take Your Kid to Work Day." When they blast out of orbit, it quickly becomes clear that his dad has an unusual job and that his vehicle is no ordinary taxi. Archie is now privy to the secret family business: driving aliens around the galaxy in a high-tech space vehicle. Displaying a special talent for reading an interactive space map, Archie becomes his dad's copilot, guiding them through wormholes and taking them to a distant planet to pick up their first fare. He soon finds himself helping a furry deputy of the Intergalactic Security Force apprehend an alien associated with B.U.R.P., the universe's biggest criminal organization. This series opener zips along at an energetic pace that will keep readers actively engaged. Plenty of humor and adventure make it a solid addition to early chapter-book collections, and the inclusion of science facts at the end adds an educational element. Grayscale cartoon illustrations open each chapter and are interspersed throughout the text; they have a childlike quality that complements young Archie's first-person narration. Readers will look to the stars for more interplanetary adventures to come.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL

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