Space Runners #1: The Moon Platoon (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Space Runners series.


Star Wars meets Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers in this high-stakes intergalactic adventure! The Moon Platoon is the first book in an action-packed series for tweens that’s perfect for fans of Eoin Colfer and Lisa McMann.

In the year 2085, Benny Love is pretty used to surviving on what he and his family can scavenge on Earth. But when he wins a scholarship for a life-changing trip to visit the Lunar Taj, the first-ever resort on the Moon, Benny thinks he finally has a chance to give his family a better life.

Benny can’t wait to fly his very own Space Runner, practice reverse bungee jumping, and explore craters on the dark side of the Moon. But he gets more than he expected when he and the other kids discover the Moon has secrets no one else knows about. Benny is a long way from home—and soon there might not be an Earth to go back to.

About the Author

Jeramey Kraatz is the author of the Space Runners series and the Cloak Society series, and he is a graduate of the MFA writing program at Columbia University. Jeramey lives in Texas, where he sometimes teaches, sometimes writes cartoon scripts, and is always up for queso. You can fi nd him at or on Twitter @jerameykraatz.

Praise For…

“Space Runners is Gravity meets The Fast and the Furious, only with kids running the show. Kraatz’s lunar world feels like a theme park waiting to happen. A blockbuster mix of thrills, adrenaline, and lead characters who are as clever as they are courageous.” — Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil

“I’d race to the moon and back to get a copy of this thrilling, funny, and ingenious book!” — C. Alexander London, author of The Wild Ones and the Dog Tags series

“Kraatz maintains a satisfying balance of action, intrigue, and wonder in this first book in the Space Runners series. Memorably entertaining characters play well against the tense premise and high stakes.” — Publishers Weekly

“Fun, fast-paced, and filled with excellent inventions, this is sure to please sci-fi buffs. Deeper questions of war and peace and how to lead will stay with readers far beyond the last page. Otherworldly adventure that satisfies.” — Kirkus Reviews

“An action-packed space romp that’s sure to please young science fiction readers. Engaging characters, fast-paced storytelling, and keen enjoyment of the genre produce an altogether entertaining read.” — School Library Journal

“Offers a passel of tasty elements: zippy space chases, a diverse cast of kids, complex humans, and intriguing aliens whose perspective isn’t so different from that of humans.  That’s a lot of enjoyment, and the sequel will likely be eagerly anticipated.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

PRAISE FOR THE SERIES: “Dark Side of the Moon continues to deliver wild future tech with kid appeal and nonstop action. The accessible writing and relatable characters will have readers turning pages to the end. Great fun.” — School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062445988
ISBN-10: 0062445987
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Space Runners