Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up The Moon, by Richard Roberts
Genre: middle-grade, science-fiction, superhero action-adventure
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: January 29, 2015
Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan
About Please Don’t Tell My Parents I Blew Up The Moon:
Supervillains do not merely play hooky.
True, coming back to school after a month spent fighting - and defeating - adult superheroes is a bit of a comedown for the Inscrutable Machine. When offered the chance to skip school in the most dramatic way possible, Penelope Akk can’t resist. With the help of a giant spider and mysterious red goo, she builds a spaceship and flies to Jupiter.
Secret human colonies.
A war between three alien races with humanity as the prize.
Robot overlords and evil plots.
Penny and her friends find all this and more on Jupiter’s moons, but what they don’t find are any heroes to save the day. Fortunately, they have an angry eleven year old and a whole lot of mad science…
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I am a sucker for anything Alien related and Please Don't Tell My Parents I Blew Up the Moon does not disappoint! I find it rare for sequels to be as good as the predecessor but this sequel is better than Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain. The first book took several chapters for me to get used to the writing and the build up was a little slow with long chapters but the sequel picks up a month after and dips right into action.
Penelope Akk is a very relatable main character. Her villainous friends have spunk and attitude that bring just enough sarcastic witt, to the table. The only issue I have with this book is that sometimes Penelope seemed very masculine and I mistook her actions for her male friends.
Overall, I would highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys sci-fi with intergalaxtic alien encounters with favorable characters to root for. This Middle Grade book covers many topics in a fun way.
About Richard Roberts:
Richard Roberts has fit into only one category in his entire life, and that is ‘writer’, but as a writer he’d throw himself out of his own books for being a cliche.
He’s had the classic wandering employment history - degree in entomology, worked in health care, been an administrator and labored for years in the front lines of fast food. He’s had the appropriate really weird jobs, like breeding tarantulas and translating English to English for Japanese television. He wears all black, all the time, is manic-depressive, and has a creepy laugh.
He’s also followed the classic writer’s path, the pink slips, the anthology submissions, the desperate scrounging to learn how an ever-changing system works. He’s been writing from childhood, and had the appropriate horrible relationships that damaged his self-confidence for years. Then out of nowhere Curiosity Quills Press demanded he give them his books, and here he is.
As for what he writes, Richard loves children and the gothic aesthetic. Most everything he writes will involve one or the other, and occasionally both. His fantasy is heavily influenced by folk tales, fairy tales, and mythology, and he likes to make the old new again. In particular, he loves to pull his readers into strange characters with strange lives, and his heroes are rarely heroic.
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