Spacer and Rat
By Margaret Bechard
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596430587, 192pp.)
Publication Date: September 15, 2005
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Jack knows who belongs out in the Black. And who doesn't -- until Kit comes walking into the pub and changes everything he believes about the Black, about the people who live there, about what it takes to be a human being. Margaret Bechard set out to write an adventure story with laser guns ad spaceships. Then, she says, "there was a big step and a long fall off a cliff while I realized that my characters didn't want to do the stuff I had in my mind; they had plans of their own." The result: a fast-paced space adventure and a short story about human feeling and growing up -- science fiction for those who love SF; riveting fiction for those who don't.
Margaret Bechard is the author of Star Hatchling, winner of the DucKon Golden Duck Award for Excellence in Science Fiction, and Hanging On to Max, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in Tigard, Oregon.