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Amulet Keepers by Michael Northrop
Beneath by Roland Smith
Book of the Dead by Michael Northrop
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Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale
Crewel Yule by Monica Ferris
Death Cloud by Andy Lane
Delphine by Richard Sala
Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor by Eoin Colfer
Embroidered Truths by Monica Ferris
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Vol. 4: The End Times by Simon Oliver
The Ghoul Next Door by Victoria Laurie
Icons of Popular Culture by Marshall Fishwick
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Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren
Missy Violet and Me by Barbara Hathaway
Mister Orange by Truus Matti
Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage
Off Road by Sean Gordon Murphy
Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway by Phil Patton
Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier
Orbiter by Warren Ellis
Out West: A Journey through Lewis and Clark's America by Dayton Duncan
Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost
Under New York by Linda Oatman High

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Orbiter: 03/19/16

Orbiter by Warren Ellis

Orbiter by Warren Ellis is a graphic novel in an alternate timeline where the space shuttle program ended after one of the ships disappeared during a mission. Now ten years later (and it's always ten years, isn't it?) the ship has returned to land at Kennedy. Except the economy and government have tanked and refugees are now living on the tarmac and no one expects the strip to be used for its original purpose.

In any story where a space vessel goes missing and then reappears, or a person disappears and reappears years alter un-aged, it's bound to be extraterrestrial interference.

That's the case here too. The sole surviving astronaut has an extraordinary tale of finding himself landing on Mars and then being taken to places he could never imagine traveling to in his lifetime or in something as primitive as a space shuttle.

Although this is a much darker piece and is aimed at an adult readership, it gave me the same emotion response as Disney's Flight of the Navigator. Both have a decade gap due to relativistic space travel, NASA (or what's left of it) suddenly interested in the returned's story, and a complete disconnect between the returned and the rest of the world

Four stars

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