Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight [NOOK Book]

Overview

Archie Morningstar learns a big family secret and helps save the universe. All before breakfast!
It's not every day a regular kid like Archie gets to wake up at midnight. But today is Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Archie is finally allowed to ride along in his dad's taxi cab. He has been waiting eight years, eight months, and eight days for this moment to arrive.
But he's about to discover his dad is no ordinary cab driver...In fact, he drives...
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Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight

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Overview

Archie Morningstar learns a big family secret and helps save the universe. All before breakfast!
It's not every day a regular kid like Archie gets to wake up at midnight. But today is Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Archie is finally allowed to ride along in his dad's taxi cab. He has been waiting eight years, eight months, and eight days for this moment to arrive.
But he's about to discover his dad is no ordinary cab driver...In fact, he drives an intergalactic space taxi! All night long, he shuttles aliens from one corner of the universe to another. And being a space taxi copilot is no easy task: Archie must steer them into wormholes, keep them from crashing into planets, deal with a very unusual cat...and save the universe from an evil mastermind!
Space Taxi marks the debut of a brand new chapter book series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mass and teacher Michael Brawer, filled with humor, adventure, and plenty of science to impress your friends and teachers!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Archie Morningstar’s alarm goes off at midnight to wake him up for Take Your Kid to Work Day. Archie reveals that he has been waiting, eight years, eight months, and eight days for this event. Archie’s dad is a taxi driver but not just any ordinary driver as Archie finds out when he rides along with his dad. Even more surprising is the first fare which is in Delta Three, South Quadrant, Cygnus Galaxy. Father and son fly the taxi into space looking for the third wormhole to get to Delta Three. The pair become involved with the Intergalactic Security Force (ISF) and meet an ISF officer who is working an assignment to stop one of the universe’s biggest criminal organizations. There are some illustrations interspersed through the story along with three science facts at the conclusion. This book is the first in the “Space Taxi” series which seems to be promising for more exciting, quick-paced adventure sequels. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 6 to 9.
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 2–4—At eight years, eight months, and eight days old, Archie Morningstar is finally old enough to join his dad on the midnight taxi shift for "Take Your Kid to Work Day." When they blast out of orbit, it quickly becomes clear that his dad has an unusual job and that his vehicle is no ordinary taxi. Archie is now privy to the secret family business: driving aliens around the galaxy in a high-tech space vehicle. Displaying a special talent for reading an interactive space map, Archie becomes his dad's copilot, guiding them through wormholes and taking them to a distant planet to pick up their first fare. He soon finds himself helping a furry deputy of the Intergalactic Security Force apprehend an alien associated with B.U.R.P., the universe's biggest criminal organization. This series opener zips along at an energetic pace that will keep readers actively engaged. Plenty of humor and adventure make it a solid addition to early chapter-book collections, and the inclusion of science facts at the end adds an educational element. Grayscale cartoon illustrations open each chapter and are interspersed throughout the text; they have a childlike quality that complements young Archie's first-person narration. Readers will look to the stars for more interplanetary adventures to come.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
Mass (Pi in the Sky) and her husband Brawer kick off a lighthearted chapter book series introducing eight-year-old Archie Morningstar. It’s a Take Your Kid to Work Day like no other when Archie discovers that his father’s job as a taxi driver involves picking up fares all around the galaxy. “Top of the line,” brags Archie’s father after his cab sprouts wings and rockets into space. “It only clunks and groans to blend in with regular cabs on Earth.” Archie, it turns out, has inherited a talent as a “space map reader,” and he helps his father guide the cab through a wormhole to an alien world, where Archie meets a talking cat who’s a member of the Intergalactic Security Force and learns about a mysterious criminal organization known as BURP. The emphasis is on out-of-this-world fun, but Mass and Brawer give the Morningstar family a warm, jokey closeness, while also including scientific information (about gravity, wormholes, and exoplanets) that complements the action. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 7–12. Authors’ agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. Illustrator’s agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Apr.)
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"Zany adventures, a wacky plot and plenty of slapstick humor make this a quick, enjoyable read. A solid start to a new chapter-book series."—Kirkus

"Out-of-this-world fun."—Publishers Weekly

"This series opener zips along at an energetic pace that will keep readers actively engaged. Plenty of humor and adventure [...] and the inclusion of science facts at the end adds an educational element...Readers will look to the stars for more interplanetary adventures to come."—School Library Journal

"The plot moves right along, helping the newly independent reader stay engaged. The description of the map is especially enticing: who wouldn't love a 3-D map that changes with every turn, opening up whole new galaxies? Occasional black-and-white cartoon illustrations add to the fun and keep the pages turning. The number 1 on the book's spine indicates that this is just the first adventure for Archie-here's to more to come!"—The Horn Book

"The plotting never overdoes it, the surprises are gentle, and the humor is always on target for a young demographic—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-19
Archie Morningstar has been waiting for "eight years, eight months, and eight days" to ride along with his taxicab-driving father. But when the night finally arrives, the experience proves to be out of this world. Archie had been looking forward to seeing more of the city, but his father is no ordinary cabbie. He drives a space taxi, with fares all over the known universe. Archie serves as his father's co-pilot for the night, helping him navigate wormholes, avoid asteroid fields and work the taxi's thrusters. But things get really interesting when Archie meets Intergalactic Security Force deputy Pilarbing Fangorius Catapolitus, aka Pockets, a talking space police cat who can shoot lasers out of his tail. Together, cat and boy take down a dangerous member of the evil organization BURP. Archie can hardly believe his luck when his father agrees not only to allow Pockets to live with them, but to take Archie on as his permanent co-pilot. Zany adventures, a wacky plot and plenty of slapstick humor make this a quick, enjoyable read. Simple illustrations and a trio of scientific definitions add to the narrative. A solid start to a new chapter-book series. (Adventure. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316243216
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Space Taxi
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 391,908
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Wendy Mass
Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers, Every Soul a Star, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, and A Mango-Shaped Space.
Michael Brawer is a teacher in New Jersey. He and Wendy live in New Jersey with their children.
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