Liam is 12 but is often mistaken for someone much older. Because he is tall, he tells us, folks assume he is a grown up. For instance, on his first day at his new school, he is mistaken for a teacher and taken off to the lounge to meet his colleagues. Make no mistake, Liam is a kid, a bright one to be certain. But the fact that he can pass for an adult makes possible the wonderfully zany adventure Frank Cottrell Boyce takes us on in COSMIC (Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins, 2010). You see, Liam has the chance to take his "child" on a trip of a lifetime to a not-yet-open amusement park. Not a bad thing for someone who has recently fallen in love with the breathless, weightless feeling thrill rides can provide. So, off gores Liam with his "daughter" (a fellow classmate) to a secret location in China where he and the other parent-child couples will compete for a place on a new rocket, one that will orbit Earth and then return, operated by the kids.
COSMIC is funny and thoughtful and is sure to give readers something to ponder.