The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

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by Robert A. Heinlein
     
 

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When the Stone twins made up their minds to leave Lunar City in a secondhand spaceship, they hadn't planned on having their whole family accompany them. But the Stones were not your ordinary Lunar family — no way! — and their voyage through the solar system sure proved it.

What began as a simple business expedition to Mars soon mushroomed into a

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When the Stone twins made up their minds to leave Lunar City in a secondhand spaceship, they hadn't planned on having their whole family accompany them. But the Stones were not your ordinary Lunar family — no way! — and their voyage through the solar system sure proved it.

What began as a simple business expedition to Mars soon mushroomed into a dangerous situation when Grandma Stone was lost in space. Then, just when everything seemed to be getting better, a Martian flatcat came aboard and fouled up the works.

But the real trouble didn't get underway until the Stones headed for the asteroid belt to take up a mining proposition they, somehow, couldn't refuse . . .

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Children's Literature
This audio book is about planets, spaceships, three-eyed flat cats, and seven Stones. The seven Stones are members of a devoted family. Feeling cramped and bored in their lunar apartment, Grandmother Hazel helps her fifteen-year-old twin grandsons, Castor and Pollux, trick their dad into buying a spaceship. Before long, Castor begins the countdown to the rest of their lives. After landing on Mars, the twins try to sell their cargo. Instead, the boys wind up with a Martian flat cat. Later the family is surprised to find themselves living with hundreds of flat cats. The boys take advantage of the situation and have a flat cat sale. When it is time to return home the family chooses to continue their space odyssey instead. This story, written in 1952, is the product of one of the greatest science fiction authors of all time. Science fiction fans will be amused by the author's description of life on other planets. Although the twin's voices are read by one actor, the listener may find Pollux's voice annoying. Grandmother Hazel's spunk will inspire the listener. 2005 (orig. 1952), Full Cast Audio, Ages 10 up.
—Mary Jo Edwards
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Long before interplanetary exploration and a certain rock group, Robert A. Heinlein wrote this science fiction classic (Random, 1977). Mischievous teen twins Castor and Pollux Stone set the story in motion with a plan to make their fortune as space traders. Soon they are waving goodbye to their home on the Earth's moon and they're headed for Mars with their parents, sister, younger brother, and grandmother. The Stones are an intelligent, strong-willed clan, so there are squabbles during their months of weightless flight. Everyone pulls together when mother Edith's doctoring skills are needed for a nearby ship's epidemic and when grandmother and little brother are lost in the asteroid belt. In between emergencies, the twins' entrepreneurial skill help them sell the bikes they reconditioned while floating outside their spaceship and unload a horde of fertile felines called flat cats. The Stones end up headed for new destinations in the universe with renewed love and respect for each other. A well-chosen cast of 21 actors turns this half-century-old novel into a lively romp. Standouts in this pleasant company are Bill Molesky as the blustery dad and Caroline Fitzgerald as the feisty, but caring grandmother. Original music adds to the fine sound quality. Twenty-first century listeners can compare current information with Heinlein's speculation, or just enjoy this humorous family adventure. An additional purchase, but one that will be most welcome by science fiction fans in elementary, middle school, and public libraries.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345324511
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/13/1985
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Heinlein was greatest science fiction writer who ever lived. His novels haveen translated into every literate language on the globe-over 25 million Heinlein books are in print in this country alone. For five decades, young readers of science fiction discovered Heinlein, then goneon to voraciously devour every Heinlein book they can get their hands on. His now-legendary Stranger in a Strange Land was the first hardcover bestseller by a science fiction writer. From 1975 on ,every new Heinlein novel made the New York Times best-sellers list and shipped a million copies, including The Number of the Beast, Friday, Job: A Comedy of Justice, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. In a career spanning half a century, he wrote over forty books, and four of his novels won Hugo Awards, an unequalled record for almost four decades. For the last three generations of readers, Heinlein is science fiction.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 7, 1907
Date of Death:
May 8, 1988
Place of Birth:
Butler, Missouri
Place of Death:
Carmel, California
Education:
Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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Rolling Stones 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Stone family of seven consists of a grandma, two parents, three sons and one daughter living on the moon. The middle kids, teen twins Castor and Pollux, are tired of their bossy older sister and their nosy younger brother. They decide to make money as independent space traders by buying a vessel and flying to the Asteroids. Dad says no insisting they go to an earth bound school and get an education; but Grandma Hazel supports their daring scheme with one annoying (at least to the twins) modification; the magnificent seven band together on this solar system venture.

The entire family leaves their moon based home for Mars and beyond. The septet continually argues and has spats, but come together when emergencies arise. For instance the twins almost fail to leave Mars as they break the law angering the Martians when they tried to skip out on the import tax after selling bikes; Grandma Hazel saves their respective butts. When they reach the Asteroid Belt, Grandmother Hazel and the youngest Lowell vanish. The remaining Stones in a frenzy search for the missing pair.

This exciting middle school science fiction focuses on the family who fly the solar system together stay together. The seven Stones are each fully developed with unique characteristics. Their escapdes at their lunar home, on Mars, and the Asteroid Belt make for a fun trip through space. Young adult fans will get plenty of satisfaction from the reprint of Robert A. Heinlein¿s ROLLING STONES.

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SparksSciFiFan More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in the late 60's. Probably 5th or 6th grade. With the Apollo missions going on still I felt that by the time I graduated from High School we would be living on the moon and I would be an going to college in space. Of course that was not the case but this story reminds me of the dream and looks back at a time when people looked out for each other and enjoyed life to its fullest. Not as dated as I would have thought but the technology is nothing like we have today. Spooling voice and sending it to the radio drama network...very early 50's not even TV. I enjoyed reading this again. Similar to what John Varley has done with the Red planet books...it makes you want to get up and go...into space.
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