Eighth Grade vs. the Machines


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$17.99  $16.73
Carolrhoda Books (R)
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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Naomi Milliner (she/her) is the author of Super Jake & the King of Chaos and the forthcoming The Trouble with Secrets. She created the Author Book Club for her SCBWI chapter and has served on The Women's National Book Association's Great Group Reads committee since 2009. Naomi enjoys mentoring children and adults, visiting schools (virtually or in-person), and reading everything she can get her hands on. She lives in Maryland with her family, a very fuzzy cat . . . and fifteen different haggadahs. One of the most delicious Seders she ever attended was a chocolate Seder.


"Six months ago, Jacksonville Graham and his entire school were whisked across the galaxy and into a heated confrontation with a nefarious alien race. Now, they have arrived back on Earth, but every one of their human friends and family has disappeared without a trace. Repairing their damaged vessel--the PSS 118--is only the first of the problems they must solve; together, Jack and his classmates must bravely navigate the unknowns of the universe to outsmart the dreaded Minister and bring their loved ones back home. This second in its series picks up shortly after the first book ends, focusing once again on Jack, who has recently entered the eighth grade. Reminders of events from the first book are interjected in helpful moments in this narrative, but it is best for readers to have experienced Jack's seventh grade adventure before reading this one. The dynamic in this story shifts from the first book to include perspectives from two of Jack's friends, Ari and Becka, and their unique voices give readers a deeper understanding of what is happening while adding complexity to the storytelling. As the protagonists grow and mature, they are thrust into an even more important challenge in this book, requiring them to enhance their leadership qualities while puzzling out the solution to an unprecedented problem. Even in the reaches of space, bullies abound, and it requires teamwork and camaraderie for Jack and his friends to ensure the safety of those they love. Funny, action-packed, and thoroughly engaging, this accessible middle grade story welcomes readers into the future with open arms by frequently breaking the fourth wall and incorporating characters who are at once familiar and relatable. This is a delightful addition to library collections for middle grade readers with an interest in sci-fi literature, friendship, and humor. Reviewer Rating 5" -Children's Literature

-- "Website" (7/8/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"Public School Ship 118 is ready to launch. The crew of students and teachers has been grounded on Earth while rebuilding the ship after a harrowing escape from the Minister, an evil alien Queen who made the rest of the human race vanish. This sequel to Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy once more follows underdogs Jack, Ari, and Becka as they work together to find the missing global population. Instead of a glorious return to space, PSS 118 is captured by a robot army under secret orders from the Minister. Former allies and new friends join the battle against the oppressive Minister and her tyrannical plans. This middle grade space opera is heavy on the action, with fight and chase scenes dominating the narrative. As in the first installment, the irreverent sense of humor and obvious nods to sci-fi tropes keep the tone lighthearted and comedic. Fans of the genre will appreciate the numerous references to futuristic tech and weaponry. Romance between Ari and Becka is briefly hinted at; overall, friendship and collaboration dominate. The three main protagonists are cued as white. VERDICT A goofy, fast-paced interstellar adventure. Recommended for purchase where the first title is popular."--School Library Journal

-- "Journal" (11/1/2021 12:00:00 AM)