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Archie takes flight
Mass, Wendy, 1967- , author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
101 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
On "Take Your Kid to Work Day, " eight-year-old Archie discovers that his father drives a space taxi that shuttles aliens from one area of the universe to another.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 1.0 165289.

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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!

Author Notes

Wendy Mass was born in Livingston, New Jersey on January 17, 1967. She received a B. A. in English from Tufts University. She worked as a book editor at numerous publishing houses in New York City and Connecticut and co-created a teenage literary magazine called Writes of Passage. She has written several nonfiction books for teenagers including Stonehenge, Readings on Night, John Cabot: Early Explorer, and Ray Bradbury: Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her fiction books include Leap Day, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Every Soul a Star, 11 Birthdays, Finally, and The Candymakers. A Mango-Shaped Space won the American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award in 2004. She wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled "Mr. Monk Goes to the Theatre," which aired during the show's second season.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The first in the Space Taxi series for emergent readers, this sci-fi adventure introduces an engaging character, Archie Morningstar, and a talking cat sidekick who fights crime. When the action begins, Archie doesn't know about his father's secret identity as an intergalactic voyager who, well, pilots a space taxi. Soon Archie himself is being tested as a navigator who can expertly spot wormholes. When a fare turns out to be a wanted criminal, Archie and his dad make the acquaintance of a cat Archie nicknames Pockets in honor of his capacity to stow a tremendous amount of policing gear beneath his fur. In the end, Pockets agrees to come back to Earth with Archie so they can join forces in fighting an evil organization called BURP. The plotting never overdoes it, the surprises are gentle, and the humor is always on target for a young demographic. This reads like the beginning of a story with legs (or perhaps wheels), so prepare your cab fare for future installments.--Cruze, Karen Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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