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 was born in Shanghai, raised in Michigan, and lived in Brooklyn for a decade before settling in Detroit. He has worked in advertising and design. He self-published his first novel, These Days, in 2013 as a hardcover and ebook, after raising support on Kickstarter. His second novel, See You in the Cosmos, is his first novel for kids. Published in Spring 2017 by Dial Books for Young Readers/USA and Puffin/UK as a lead novel, and translation rights are sold in twenty languages.
See You in the Cosmos is Winner of a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Golden Kite Award for Middle Grade Fiction 2018.
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
"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"