Sleepers, Wake

Paul Samuel Jacobs, Author Scholastic $13.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-590-42397-7
On an intergalactic journey of colonization, 10-year-old Dody comes out of artificial hibernation 50 years too early. He is a childlike old man when his family is awakened by the computer to prepare the rest of the crew for landing. Because of Dody's showing off, he and his brother and sister land alone on the target planet. There they meet what appear to be the children from a previous ship, but who are actually the mobile parts of a vegetative being that covers much of the planet. Dody and his siblings escape to the mother ship, which returns to earth. Conventional, even slightly dated SF technology is the backdrop for this story of growing up, and older children will identify with Dody and his struggles. But the family drama that starts to develop aboard the ship ends abruptly on the planet, as the plot segues into a children's version of a '50s-style SF adventure. However, the shift in tone and setting should not seriously dampen middle grade SF fans' enjoyment of the engaging hero's adventures. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1991
Release date: 04/01/1991
Prebound-Sewn - 183 pages - 978-0-606-07087-4
Paperback - 192 pages - 978-0-590-42398-4
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