Shanghaied to the Moon (YA)
by Michael Daley
Edited by Timothy Travaglini
Cover Artist: James Jean
Review by Paul Haggerty
Putnam Juvenile Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0399246193
Date: 01 March, 2007 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Stewart Hale has a dream and a curse. More than anything else, he wants to be a pilot like his famous mother and his vid hero Val Thorsten, the man who single handedly opened up the solar system. The only problem is that he stinks at Astronavigation. He just knows if he can go to the Space Academy, he'll get a grip on the problem and the future will be rosy. The problem is that he has to sign up for this year's class and his father is stalling him ... if you can call running off to the Moon without any warning by so simple a name as stalling. Stewart can't understand why his father is so dead set against his going to space. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that his mother died in a shuttle accident when Stewart was very young. So young in fact, that he barely remembers it. And yet no one will talk about his past except his counselor, who seems to want to talk about nothing else. Stewart knows there's something nefarious going on here, but all he really cares about is the application in his pocket and the 385,000 kilometers between him and the person who needs to sign it. Enter a ground down old spacer, a rattle-trap spaceship, and a job offer for someone "... under 4'5" tall ... (Midgets also considered)". From official release/information:
Book Description: Thirteen-year-old Stewart Hale dreams of Space Academy and becoming a famous pilot like his mother, and like his hero Val Thorsten. But after his mother's death, his father has forbidden any talk of Stewart going into space. And Stewart suspects there's something that is being kept hidden from him, something they don't want him to remember from his past.
A chance encounter with a washed-up old spacer gives Stewart an unexpected opportunity to sneak off on his own mission to the Moon. But when the old spacer's intentions turn out to be less than honorable, Stewart realizes he hasn't found his big break—he's been shanghaied!
(Source: Putnam Juvenile)