Connor and Ethan are spending their summer holidays aboard the world’s first orbiting city, Starville (basically Beverley Hills in space!). The amazing space station is bursting with celebrities and the mega-rich. But Connor and Ethan are too busy selling ice cream to see the sights.
However, neither of our heroes can resist a mystery and when they discover the space station is hurtling on a collision course with the moon (eep!) they know they need to step in. This is a case for the SPACE DETECTIVES!
Can Connor and Ethan find the culprit and save Starville from its impending doom?
Such a funny and brilliant story, Space Detectives is like an adventure like no other. Connor and Ethan reminded me of some of my oldest friends as they did a fantastic job of blundering they way through a mystery on the world’s first orbiting city.
They believe they are the best detectives going, and to be fair to them – they are the best pre teen detectives I’ve met. They find themselves in a lot of sticky situations and use a mix of wit, brains and sheer luck to get themselves out of it. Connor is the cleve one, Ethan is the lucky one! I read this really fast – as would be expected of a book of 190 pages thats aimed at 7-9 year olds. I thought it bridged the gap between first chapter books and middle grade books really well, and would definitely work up to around 13 for a more reluctant reader.
I was drawn to this book because I love Dapo Adeola as an illustrator. I hadn’t heard of Mark Powers before reading this but if they work together on anything else I’ll definitely pick it up! The illustrations really brought the story to life, especially when it talked about alien creatures the like of which I’d never heard before.
I hope there will be more space detective stories in the works because it seems like it’ll make for a great series. The science isn’t spot on and for older readers the story may be a little predictable but I know Spike will love it when she’s a bit older, and will find the fun takes over the un-believable-ness of the science.
Space Detectives was published on 4th February 2021 by Bloomsbury. My copy was sent to me as part of the Space Detectives Blog Tour.