Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2012

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

(Random House)

172 Hours on the Moon

(Little, Brown)

By Johan Harstad, translated from the Norwegian by Tara F. Chace. 
Little, Brown, 2012. 358 pp., $17.99. 
NASA returns to the moon in 2019, and to stir up public interest, three teenagers (from Norway, Japan, and France) are selected to travel along with the crew for a week-long trip to the lunar surface. Unfortunately, things aren’t what they seem, and the terror begins shortly after their arrival at the long-abandoned DARLAH 2 moonbase. (Harstad’s science fiction/horror novel, first released in Norway in 2008, won Norway’s Brage Prize for children’s literature.) Ages 12–up.

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