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Around the World by Matt Phelan
A Boy & a Girl by Jamie S. Rich
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Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
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The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
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Explorer 2: The Lost Islands edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
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The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Mud-Slinging Moles by Maxwell Eaton III
Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse by George Selden
Hildafolk by Luke Pearson
How to Make Friends with Demons by Graham Joyce
I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin
The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan
Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis by Jon Chad
Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Martian by Andy Weir
Marx by Corrine Maier
Rust: Death of the Rocket Boy by Royden Lepp
The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle by Lynne Cherry
The Sixth Gun, Volume 1 by Cullen Bunn
Sock Monkey Goes To Hollywood: A Star Is Bathed by Cece Bell
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth by Ian Lendler
The Summer of Love by Debbie Drechsler
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Tune: Still Life by Derek Kirk Kim
Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

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The Martian: 08/13/15

The Martian by Andy Weir is Robinson Crusoe in SPACE!

The Martian by Andy Weir is Robinson Crusoe in SPACE! As it involves a lot of science and technical details, it's also a bit like the moon rescue plot of Space Brothers, except drawn out over a longer period of time due to Mars's remoteness.

Mark Watney has been left on Mars when a dust storm forced his crew to abort their months long mission. They believe him dead and believe their only option is to completely scrub the mission and return to Earth, thus leaving them in space for the many months it takes to traverse between the two planets, and him on Mars with limited supplies and no working radio.

If Mark hadn't survived those first couple of sols on Mars, The Martian would be a very short book. Ditto with Robinson Crusoe. Neither book is especially short. Mark finds a way to survive and to make his presence known to those back on Earth at NASA and JPL.

As this is a castaway story, it does has a happy ending. But how that rescue happens is one that's full of humor, science, drama, and potatoes.

Five stars

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