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Overview

NASA has begun an exciting new project-sending kids to space! Only a handful of bright, young scientific minds have been selected to go on the two-year mission, and Kai is one of them. He and the other four young astronauts will get to learn how to live in a space station, work with the most innovative new technologies, perform their own research, and even visit other planets. Two years is a long time to be away from Earth, and there's a lot that could go wrong, but the Astronaut Kids are ready for the challenge!

"Five young astronauts join a two-year scientific research mission in this children's SF novel. Ten-year-old Kai of Hilo, Hawaii, is beyond thrilled that he's going to be a real astronaut, like his hero Ellison Onizuka. He's been chosen for a two-year NASA youth mission that will travel to the dwarf planet Ceres, where they'll also get a good view of Mars. . . . While studying, testing, collecting, and reporting data for individual projects, the young astronauts must work as a team and with adults to address challenges that arise. It's a learning experience in several ways, testing the kids' maturity and intelligence. . . . An enjoyable coming-of-age tale that's also a next-level Space Camp adventure."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949711448
Publisher: Bluewater Publishing
Publication date: 08/02/2021
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 4.72(w) x 7.48(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range: 8 - 10 Years

About the Author

Born in Roswell, New Mexico, Jo Ann grew up in a military family. It was on a brief layover in Hawaiʻi on the way to Japan that she fell in love with Hawaiʻi. Years later, she found her way back to Hawaiʻi. She married, became a nurse and worked in the neonatal unit Kapiʻolani Medical Center. As a coach and referee for AYSO soccer, she enjoyed helping children develop positively and gain confidence in themselves. She has taken Hawaiian language and culture classes. Volunteering at a local Punana Leo preschool, (a Hawaiian medium education preschool) helps her further her learning of Hawaiian. Her writing focuses on events in Hawaii as well as other stories that have ties to Hawaii.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Lukas has grown up on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi with his older sister and parents. He attended Punana Leo O Hilo, a Hawaiian medium preschool; and Nawahiokalaniopuʻu, a Hawaiian language elementary and high school. During his time there he became fluent in Hawaiian. He participated in Judo thru 8th grade. He started playing soccer at age 5 and continues enjoying it. He also loves surfing and surfs with his father at least once a week. From an early age he developed an interest in science and space. When he was 10 he attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. On the flight home with his grandmother, he talked about how much fun he had and what activities were the most interesting. After talking about how much fun it would be to go into space, he suggested that maybe the two of them could write a book about kids going into space, and in particular, Mars. During the next 5 years, Astronaut Kids was written with Lukas providing the scientific detail and story line. Now 14, Lukas is still interested in science as he navigates high school.

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