Best Children’s Books of 2013

This year’s best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers

(Simon & Schuster)

The Planet Thieves

(Tom Doherty Associates)

By Dan Krokos. Tom Doherty Associates, $15.99 (253 p.) 
Thirteen-year-old Mason Stark serves aboard the SS Egypt along with its assigned crew and 19 other cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command. Just two weeks into a routine voyage, the ship is attacked by the Tremist, an alien race at war with humanity. When the crew is captured, it's up to Mason and the other cadets to launch a rescue. Ages 8-12.

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