Rocket Girls: The Last Planet

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Yukari Morita is a high school girl on a quest to find her missing father. While searching for him in the Solomon Islands, she receives the offer of a lifetime—she'll get the help she needs to find her father, and all she need do in return is become the world's youngest, lightest astronaut. Yukari and her teen friends, all petite, are the perfect crew and cargo for ...

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Overview

Ad Astra, baby!

Reads L to R (Western Style)

Yukari Morita is a high school girl on a quest to find her missing father. While searching for him in the Solomon Islands, she receives the offer of a lifetime—she'll get the help she needs to find her father, and all she need do in return is become the world's youngest, lightest astronaut. Yukari and her teen friends, all petite, are the perfect crew and cargo for the Solomon Space Association's launches, or will be once they complete their rigorous and sometimes dangerous training.

When the Rocket Girls accidentally land in the yard of Yukari Morita's old school, it looks as though their experiment is ruined. Luckily, the geeky Akane is there to save the day. Fitting the profile—she's intelligent, enthusiastic, and petite—Akane is soon recruited by Solomon Space Association. Yukari and Akane are then given the biggest Rocket Girl mission yet: a voyage to the edge of the solar system and the minor planet of Pluto to save a NASA probe.

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Gr 7–9—Shy, academic Akane is the latest "rocket girl" to be recruited by the Solomon Space Association, a new program that keeps the cost of space travel down by using very small orbiters. Their recruits are all petite teenaged girls who wear skintight space suits. At one point, an American astronaut wonders, "What is this, some kind of anime?" Though the cute-girls-in-space scenario is a little gratuitous, the story sticks mainly to the science of space flight and the suspense of the girls' risky trips. The facts and figures may go over the heads of many teens, but the book reads about as fast as a manga (it has been adapted for an anime) and should appeal to both manga and science-fiction fans.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
School Library Journal
Gr 7–9—Shy, academic Akane is the latest "rocket girl" to be recruited by the Solomon Space Association, a new program that keeps the cost of space travel down by using very small orbiters. Their recruits are all petite teenaged girls who wear skintight space suits. At one point, an American astronaut wonders, "What is this, some kind of anime?" Though the cute-girls-in-space scenario is a little gratuitous, the story sticks mainly to the science of space flight and the suspense of the girls' risky trips. The facts and figures may go over the heads of many teens, but the book reads about as fast as a manga (it has been adapted for an anime) and should appeal to both manga and science-fiction fans.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421537658
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Series: Rocket Girls Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,393,173
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Housuke Nojiri was born in Mie, Japan, in 1961. After working in instrumentation control, CAD programming and video game design, he published his first work, The Blind Spot of Veis, based on the video game Creguian, in 1992. He gained popularity with his subsequent works, the Creguian series and the Rocket Girl series. In 2002, he published Usurper of the Sun (Haikasoru 2009), ushering in a new era of space science fiction in Japan. After first appearing as a series of short stories, Usurper won the Seiun Award for best Japanese science fiction novel of 2002. His other works include Pendulum of Pinieru and Fuwa-Fuwa no Izumi. More information can be found on his website: http://njb.virtualave.net/web/ (Japanese only)

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