Book Review: Cosmic

by Melissa on July 17, 2010 · 0 comments

in 9-12, ATOS 4.0-4.9, Adventure, Good book for boys, Lexile 600-699, Sci-Fi

Title: Cosmic
Series: No
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Author: Frank Cottrel Boyce
Age Range: 9-12
Lexile: [?] 670L
AR Level: [?] 4.5
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Rating: 3.0/5 (2 votes cast)


“Liam has always felt a bit like he’s stuck between two worlds.

This is primarily because he’s a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he’s about thirty. Sometimes it’s not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it’s just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It’s not long before Liam, along with his friends, is stuck between two worlds again-only this time he’s 239,000 miles from home.”


A likeable character, unusual and very interesting story. Likely a better fit for closer to 10 and 11 year-olds, due to just a few bits of mature content.


Level 1 [?]

Sexual Content

A grownup suggests adding ‘lightly clad female aliens’ to enhance a video game.


Liam hangs out at the ‘Newz and Booze’. `Dads don’t buy their children cigarettes.’ A grownup intentionally gets a kid (he thinks he’s an adult) drunk to incapacitate him. Child tells kid how to get rid of a hangover. Grownups (and Liam) meet in a bar and order exotic-sounding drinks.


A child from the Middle East tells the story of when soldiers burned his village and stole the children away. Multiple stories told about accidents that have happened in space where astronauts have died.


Liam is a huge World of Warcraft player and relates several parts of his journey to roles and occurrences in that online game. A little girl makes up stories about her dad, only for us to later find out he had abandoned his family. A 12 year-old allows himself to be mistaken for an adult and is then responsible for another child’s care in that guise. Liam lies to his parents about where he is.


Reference to a show called `Celebrity Seance’  where living celebrities try to contact the spirits of dead celebrities. A story about St. Christopher, who was asked by a toddler (Christ) to carry him across a river.

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Book Review: Cosmic, 3.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings

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