Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
Page is in unfamiliar territory as the new kid at school. To make matters worse, Shale Pit Academy of Creativity and Excellence (or “SPACE” as it is more commonly known) is no ordinary school. Students there have the dubious distinction of being nicknamed “SPACE cadets.” No, not the astronaut-in-training meaning. Think of the other kind of space cadet—you know, someone who is out of touch with reality.
When a bitter prank war erupts with a rival school, Page and her classmates must ask themselves some difficult questions: Are they more than a nickname? Are they more than just SPACE cadets?
The follow-up to the popular Welcome to Camp Fill-in-the-Blank, My Year as a SPACE Cadet explores the importance of standing up for yourself and for others and shows how anybody can become an everyday hero.
About the author
Hope Dalvay began writing her debut middle-grade novel My Upside Down Summer as a way to "escape" the notoriously harsh winter of 2015 in her home province of Prince Edward Island. As a child, Hope was often found with her nose buried in a book, blissfully lost in another world. Her love of words continued into adulthood when she fell into a career as a copyeditor. She rediscovered the joy of children's literature while reading bedtime stories to her two boys and is delighted to have found a passion for writing that allows her to transform her daydreams into stories while sitting by a cosy fire.