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Lindsay Lackey is an author of middle grade fiction and former library services worker. She was born in Colorado and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their spoiled dogs. Her debut novel, All the Impossible Things was the recipient of multiple honors and critical acclaim. Her second novel, Farther Than the Moon, launched in 2023 and was shortlisted for several awards, including the OWL Award and the Cybil Award for middle grade fiction.
Lindsay Lackey never wanted to be an astronaut when she was growing up. She did, however, want to be an opera singer, a Supreme Court Justice, or an author. Her debut middle grade novel, All the Impossible Things, brought one of those dreams to life. All the Impossible Things was named a Best Book of 2019 by the New York Public Library, the Denver Public Library, and Children’s Book Review, and was named a 2021 Black-Eyed Susan Award winner. Her second novel, Farther Than the Moon, launched to critical acclaim and was shortlisted for several prominent awards, including the OWL Book Award and the Cybil Award for middle grade fiction. Lindsay loves to sing, is almost always listening to an audiobook, and is now obsessed with space. In fact, if NASA wants to send a children’s book author to space, she will happily volunteer. Born and raised in Colorado, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their spoiled dogs.
Farther Than the Moon Summary
From award-winning author Lindsay Lackey comes Farther Than the Moon, a heartfelt story about a boy who wants to become an astronaut, but wonders if his dreams can include his brother with special needs, perfect for fans of We Dream of Space and Song for a Whale.
All thirteen-year-old Houston Stewart has ever wanted is to become an astronaut. His dreams feel like they’re finally starting to come true when he’s accepted to the highly-competitive Junior Astronaut Recruitment Program – if only he could bring his little brother Robbie with him.
Ever since their dad left, Houston and Robbie have been inseparable. It’s hard to tell where Houston’s love of space ends and where Robbie’s begins. But Robbie’s Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy mean he needs medical attention at home, so Houston is forced to take this giant leap for the two of them all on his own.
At camp, Houston is quickly drawn into the orbit of new friends, cosmic adventures, and a long-lost grandfather who happens to be a world-famous astronaut. But as Houston struggles to keep up with the rigorous demands of the program, he’s forced to reckon with the truth that Robbie may never visit space like he’s always hoped. Houston is determined to honor Robbie’s dreams, even if it seems like an impossible mission. So, like a good astronaut, he dares to make a new plan — one that shoots for the stars.
All the Impossible Things Summary
Red’s inexplicable power over the wind comes from her mother. Whenever Ruby “Red” Byrd is scared or angry, the wind picks up. And being placed in foster care, moving from family to family, tends to keep her skies stormy. Red knows she has to learn to control it, but can’t figure out how.
This time, the wind blows Red into the home of the Grooves, a quirky couple who run a petting zoo, complete with a dancing donkey and a giant tortoise. With their own curious gifts, Celine and Jackson Groove seem to fit like a puzzle piece into Red’s heart.
But just when Red starts to settle into her new life, a fresh storm rolls in, one she knows all too well: her mother. For so long, Red has longed to have her mom back in her life, and she’s quickly swept up in the vortex of her mother’s chaos. Now Red must discover the possible in the impossible if she wants to overcome her own tornadoes and find the family she needs.
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