Recommended for Readers
in Grades 4 and up
New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
2016 - Texas Bluebonnet Book
Dashiell is one of the first moon colonists, with all of the tiresome fame and limitations that creates. Mandated positive blog posts about how great life is on the moon? TV interviews for all the people on Earth where you focus on the excitement, instead of the tedium of eating the same food all the time? It's gotten old, but it's also gotten dangerous. A scientist died, and they're calling it an accident, but Dashiell has information that makes him suspicious. Who's lying, and why . . . and is everyone on the moon in danger?
This is a mystery with a realistic fiction vibe and a science fiction (moon colony) element. I really enjoyed this book, which manages to incorporate some light moments and humor, as well as memorable characterization, which is not always the case in a murder mystery, or in stories that could otherwise focus too much on the science part of living on the moon instead of the human part. This is a book with lots of appeal for many different kinds of readers.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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