Explore Space: Youth & Teens

By Denise Hudec

How are planetary systems, asteroids, and comets formed? What are solar storms and how do they affect Earth? What are we learning about Mars? Are there habitable worlds out there? These questions, and more, are topics of a national traveling exhibit we are hosting October 25 through December 29. Check out our staff's favorite youth and teen space titles and then visit the exhibit in the library’s central lobby to learn more about our universe. Skokie Public Library is one of only 14 sites throughout the country selected to host this exhibit. It shows the universe, and our place in it, in a way that is easy to understand and inspirational.

  • Racing the Moon

    2012 by Armstrong, Alan W.

    "In 1947, eleven-year-old Alex and her impulsive, older brother Chuck befriend an army scientist who shares their interest in rockets and outer space travel."

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  • Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

    2009 by Floca, Brian

    "Here is the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon—a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away by steady astronauts in their great machines."

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  • Ender's Game

    2014 by Card, Orson Scott

    "Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Ender Wiggin is brilliant, ruthless, and cunning, a tactical and strategic master, and a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game. Isn't it?"

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    2005 by Adams, Douglas

    "After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitchhike through space.'

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  • What Goes Up

    2017 by Kennedy, Katie

    "Teenagers Rosa and Eddie, trainees in a top-secret space exploration and research program, must thwart the aliens' Earth-destroying mission by stealing their spacecraft and traveling extra-dimensionally to an alternate Earth."

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  • 172 Hours on the Moon: A Novel

    2012 by Harstad, Johan

    "In 2019, teens Mia, Antoine, and Midori are selected by lottery to join experienced astronauts on a NASA mission to the once top-secret moon base, DARLAH 2, while in a Florida nursing home, a former astronaut struggles to warn someone of the terrible danger there."

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