Book Review: Blast Off! with Gabby and Maddox by Steve Altier

Title/ Blast Off! With Gabby and Maddox / Author/ Steve Altier / Publisher/ CreateSpace / Publishing Date/July 2015  / Pages/ 94 /
Recommended Ages / Grades 1-4

51IMaGrTTmL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Blast Off is the continuing adventures of Gabby and her younger brother Maddox. In this fun adventure, the children launch into space as part of the CAP program at NASA. CAP stands for Children’s Astronaut Program. Their mission is to visit a space station, however something goes wrong and left without power they drift off into outer space. Just when things look like they are about to get worse, the children encounter an alien named Spark and get whisked away to his home world, which just happens to be being orbiting Saturn, for a few days of excitement and suspense.

I really did enjoy this book. I went along for the ride and enjoyed seeing everything through the eyes of the children. The diverse alien world was beautifully described and the characters the kids meet along the way were fun. Their various adventures, while fast paced and intense at times, were kid sized and exciting, even in the face of danger. The end was a mite  predictable, but fun all the same

I had not heard of Gabby and Maddox before this. Their previous adventure is mentioned throughout the book and they meet up with other recurring characters, however this book can stand alone quite easily. I am sure they will have many more adventures.

I would recommend this book for kids ages 6 and up.

This Bookworm awards “Blast Off! With Gabby and Maddox” 5 Tomes
5 stars
I received my copy of this book as part of a GoodReads Giveaway. I give my thanks to both the author, Steve Altier and Goodreads.

Goodreads Summary: The Gabby and Maddox adventure series continues in this new chapter book when our siblings join the Children’s Astronaut Program while visiting their grandparent’s in Florida.
Shortly after liftoff on a routine trip to the Space Station, something goes horribly wrong. Gabby and Maddox find themselves drifting deep into outer space on a ship with no power. Meanwhile Lieutenant Lenny and his staff at Space Command do all they can to aid the siblings.
Lost and helpless in outer space, Gabby and Maddox are rescued by a purple alien named Spark from the planet Ubatuba. Shortly after their arrival on the alien planet, the children are asked to help solve a mystery that baffles the Ubatubans. Gabby and Maddox quickly learn not everything is what it appears.
Will Gabby and Maddox be able to solve the mystery? Will Spark keep his promise and help the children get back home?
Australian friends Cody and Bindi are launched on a rescue mission to save their young American friends, but will they make it in time?
Join Gabby and Maddox on this wild, new, space adventure.

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