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Space Oddity

Space Oddity

Published: 7 Jan 2021

Paperback / softback, 208 pages

Recommended for age 7+ and 9+

By Christopher Edge

Published by Chicken House Ltd

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You might think this story is an intergalactic adventure filled with laser blasters, black holes, killer robots and some very weird-looking aliens. And you'd be right. But it's mostly about a boy called Jake, his dad, and an awkward truth that starts in a supermarket ...

Tagged aliens and space, planets and stars

It's always a treat to welcome Christopher Edge into the Reading Corner. In this episode,  we delve into Chris's latest novel,  Space Oddity - a science fiction adventure for readers 8+ with a little nod to space fantasy films of the 1980s and homage to the great David Bowie.

Reviewed by Heather Hann

Space Oddity is a really great adventure story, that focusses on the relationship between a parent and their child and explores the idea of space and whether we are alone in the universe.

Imagine if you had never heard a song before? Imagine you were an alien who followed a distress call and ended up stranded on a planet which was in a cosmic zone of exclusion…what would you do?

Jake has always thought his Dad was a bit embarrassing, joining in at the school concert, turning green on his first day at Junior school, and now taking him to Middlewich Forest for a Dads and Kids’ Adventure Weekend. Jake’s Dad has something important that he wants to tell his son about what happened in that very forest 12 years before. But before he can a mishap with a stone called the Quintessence leads to more revelations that Jake could imagine…some of which are out of this world! As a result of Jake’s actions Dad is taken away. Can Jake and his friends work out how to save Dad and what does it all mean for Jake? Also how does a David Bowie song link the past and the future for the whole of Jake’s family?

This book would be a great read aloud for a class looking at space or wanting to explore relationships, part of a class pack or just an on the class bookshelf and I would recommend for KS2. It references lots of popular science fiction such as Star Wars. As a pre-reading activity I would recommend listening to Ground Control to Major Tom from Space Oddity by David Bowie as it plays such a pivotal part in the story.

Christopher Edge talks to Nikki Gamble about this title In the Reading Corner.

Heather is currently the Head of School Improvement for a large MAT in Suffolk. Before that she spent 25 years teaching in Essex where she worked as a teacher and part of the Essex School Improvement Team as a Literacy Consultant; before finally becoming Headteacher of a Primary School. She loves reading, baking, visiting her beach hut and Wallace and Gromit; seeking out every opportunity to combine them wherever possible!