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(Random House)

Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2012

The year's best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers

Losers in Space

(Viking)

By John Barnes. 
Viking, 448 pp., $18.99. 
In 2129, no one has to work for a living. Everyone receives a stipend, and robots produce nearly all goods and provide almost all services. The only areas for humans to excel are in the arts, athletics—or as a professional celebrity. So it makes sense that a group of teenagers decide, as a stunt to improve their celebrity chances, to stow away on a spaceship to Mars. The only problem? One of the teenagers is a psychotic. Ages 14-up.

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