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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

Apollo's Outcasts

(Prometheus/Pyr)

By Allen Steele. 
Pyr, Prometheus Books, 2012. 311 pp., $16.95. 
Sixteen-year-old Jamey Barlowe has always used a wheelchair; he was born on the Moon, and his body can’t manage Earth’s gravity. But when Barlowe and five other teenagers are sent to the Moon to escape a political coup led by the American vice president, he’s able to walk for the first time in his life. As a result, Barlowe joins Lunar Search and Rescue, also known as the Rangers, just in time to fight off a military invasion. Ages 12–up.

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