I haven't read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder . . . The very best books are rare and powerful magic, as if they were conjured by the stars. See You In The Cosmos is one of these. Hero Alex Petroski is eleven years old, in search of himself and the universe. His extraordinary journey is relatable and timeless, and I wanted to stay forever in this funny, wise, beautiful world.
Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe
JACK CHENG is a Shanghai-born, Detroit-based author of critically acclaimed fiction for young readers. He self-published his first novel, These Days, in 2013 as a hardcover and ebook, after raising support on Kickstarter. His debut children's novel, See You in the Cosmos , is winner of the 2017 Golden Kite and Great Lakes, Great Reads awards for Best Middle Grade Fiction, and is published in twenty-two languages. His next book, also for young readers, is about a Chinese-American boy in present-day Metro Detroit.
He has visited schools around the world speaking with students about finding their paths as writers and artists, and he volunteers with 826michigan on in-class writing projects in Detroit public schools. He is a 2019 Kresge Artist Fellow.
To learn about the journey of See You in the Cosmos, from manuscript to publication, listen to Jack Cheng's podcast: See You In The Bookshelf
Now Jack is co-hosting a new podcast, Booksmitten with Kelly J. Baptist, Patrick Flores-Scott, and Heather Shumaker. Seeing a hopeful, human world through children's literature.
"It is not always that we read a novel that so powerfully affirms our human capacity for grace and love and understanding; we need this book for the ways in which it gives us more to be human beings with. And it gives us Alex, whose face is turned to the stars." — Gary D. Schmidt, author of National Book Award finalist Okay for Now
"I love this book—the characters, the story, but most of all, the voice that writer Jack Cheng has created. It's the best I've read in a long, long, long time." — Holly Goldberg Sloan, bestselling author of Counting by 7s
"Alex Petroski has a big mind, big dreams, and a big heart. His story is full of the real kind of magic—friends well-met, surprising journeys, and heartbreak and hope. This is a beautiful book." — Ally Condie, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Matched and Summerlost
Cheng delivers a sweet, soulful debut novel with a brilliant, refreshing structure...Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious. - Kirkus
"The narration is a delight, swerving from space jokes and naivety to childlike wisdom." - Financial Times
"Poignant and funny . . . propulsive . . . Alex's strong voice drives this compelling personal journey with resonant themes of family, friendship, and resilience." - Publisher's Weekly
"A big fiction debut for Puffin…Moving and hopeful, it's an unmissable adventure." - Bookseller
"This book's strength is its exuberant and utterly believable first-person narrator…Good for both budding astronomers and fans of road trip books." - Booklist
"I was absolutely mesmerized by this book! . . . Mr. Cheng's incredible storytelling reaffirmed my belief that creativity is still very much alive in children's literature. A wonderful read for middle grade-aged readers and beyond! I already have a list of people I want to give this book to." - BookRiot "Most Anticipated Books for 2017"
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