One Giant Leap

⭐️ Editor’s Pick, BookLife by Publishers Weekly
⭐️ Gold Medal, Mom’s Choice Awards

I’m pretty sure I’m about to die in space. And I just turned twelve and a half.

Blast off with the four winners of the StellarKid Project on a trip to the International Space Station and then to the Gateway outpost orbiting the Moon! It’s a dream come true until space junk collides with the ISS, turning their epic trip into a nightmare of survival. Alone aboard the Aether starship, the kids have to work as a team to save the adults before the ISS is destroyed. Suit up, cadet, and launch into adventure with One Giant Leap!

Publication date 2/21/23.

ISBNs:
paperback 9781734155280
hardback 9781734155297
ebook 9781734155266

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“One Giant Leap provides a vivid first-person account of space travel in all its terrifying glory precisely because it comes from someone who hasn’t yet learned how to filter his unabashed wonderment.This exciting science fiction adventure is geared to readers looking to push their boundaries.” –BookLife by Publishers Weekly. Read the full review here.

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“Relatable characters ground a story that’s suspenseful, funny, and heartwarming.” –Kirkus Reviews. Read the full review here.

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“A pulse-pounding rocket ride! Fin Scott is totally stoked to win a ride to be one of the first kids in space, but when stray space junk cripples the International Space Station, it’s up to him and the other kids on the mission to save the adults trapped there before it’s incinerated in the Earth’s atmosphere. With Gartner’s trademark cinematic writing that makes you feel like you’re right there in the middle of the action, mixed with humor and heart, kids will love this adventure! And just try reading that first chapter without being caught in the story’s gravitational pull!” -Sam Subity, author of The Last Shadow Warrior

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“Another great book from Ben. This book is a heart-pounding, zero-G adventure, with kids who save the day, and a few mysteries thrown in for good measure. It’s like Gravity meets Space Case. I couldn’t stop reading!” -Adam Perry, author of Ghosts Come Rising

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“Smart, fast-paced, and an absolute must for anyone who dreams of space. STEM fans, take note! This thrillride is for you!” -Katie Slivensky, author of The Countdown Conspiracy

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“Ben Gartner is the master of middle-grade voice, and he has truly stepped up his game with ONE GIANT LEAP. I was instantly hooked, and grinning at the one-liners and smart observations of Fin Scott and the kids on this fast-paced space adventure. It’s the perfect blend of action, visual storytelling, and mystery that’s sure to appeal to reluctant readers. Get lost in space with ONE GIANT LEAP—you don’t want to miss this book!” -Fleur Bradley, award-winning author of Midnight at the Barclay Hotel and Daybreak on Raven Island

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“An excellent, STEM-focused narrative that will inspire middle grade readers with moments of true emotion and self-realization that anchor the story in the complicated realities of adolescence.” -Mary Lanni, reviewer for School Library Journal. Full review here.

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“A break-neck survival story that starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up. Space enthusiasts and newcomers alike will appreciate the attention to detail in this meticulously researched adventure story. The book’s diverse host of loveable characters will pull you in, and the charismatic Fin will have you rooting for him from page one. In turns fascinating, hilarious, and terrifying you won’t be able to put this one down.Do yourself a favor and buy this book!” -Kerelyn Smith, author of Mulrox and the Malcognitos

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One Giant Leap is your next great sci-fi read! It has everything I love about middle-grade: an authentic narrative voice, a cinematic tone that reels you in right from the opening moment, and a perfect mix of action, mystery, and humor. Teachers will love the strong STEM connections. Yep, it’s an out-of-this-world adventure (had to throw that in for our main character, Finley)!” -Lee Edward Födi, author of Spell Sweeper

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“A powerful, rollicking adventure that will have young readers gripping their seats to the very end.”
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