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Roberta's Space Adventure-- it's here!

Posted on 2009.04.02 at 19:51
It's been awhile since I posted about a new Galaxion page here (but they're still going! Every Tuesday and also the first Friday of the month), but today I've got something else to announce...

My book, she is out at last! Actually, it was probably out months ago, but I only just got my copies. Here it is, my very first not-self-published book (yaaaay! *waves arms like Kermit the frog*):

Roberta’s Space Adventure is part of the Grade 6 space book club unit Mission: Space in the Moving Up with Literacy Place program by Scholastic Education Canada. Comics in the classroom—isn’t that awesome? There are, I think, eight comic stories in total in the unit, all done by different artists. In the ongoing struggle to get kids reading, this is going to be a pretty good tool!

Roberta’s Space Adventure is a fictional story set sometime in the nebulous future (where I like to set all my stories!), but the purpose of it is to teach the reader about the Canadian astronauts. The two main characters, Roberta and Jof, live on a large Canadian spaceship (because of course we have one, in the future), and they are learning about their early space-pioneering ancestors. The more they learn, the more they appreciate how amazing those first Canadians to go into space—people like Marc Garneau, Roberta Bondar, and Chris Hadfield-- really were.

The story is 40 pages long, and there is additional biographical information on the astronauts in the back. I did the pitch, script, script rewrites, art, and colouring (but not the word balloons or the title design) all within the space of about 5 months, which for me is insanely fast—especially considering the weeks of downtime where I was waiting for editorial approval before I could go on to the next step. It was both hideous and wonderful, and I hated and relished every minute of it.

Unfortunately, the book is only available to schools and similar educational groups (meaning I can’t sell you one). So if you’re an elementary teacher or if you know one, you may be in luck! Oh, and I guess you probably have to be in Canada, too… though if you represent a school in another country and have a burning desire to teach your kids about the Canadian Astronauts, I suppose Scholastic won’t say no to you! If you are in Canada… please spread the word!


dewline at 2009-04-03 00:43 (UTC) (Link)
Just passed a link along to Justin Beach at publicbroadcasting.ca. Figured he might be interested...
maelie at 2009-04-03 01:53 (UTC) (Link)
It looks terrific, Tara! Congrats!!

dave roman
yaytime at 2009-04-03 01:53 (UTC) (Link)
Looks great!
looniewolf at 2009-04-03 13:22 (UTC) (Link)
Damn. And here I had to decide not to go into the teaching profession. ^^

Looks interesting. :)
kt_shy at 2009-04-03 14:22 (UTC) (Link)
Congrats Tara! And all that in 5 months? Amazing! *all inspired* I've got plenty of teacher's in my family (though mostly highschool) but I'll ask around to see if I can get my hands on your book! :)
The Savage Knight
savageknight at 2009-04-03 14:45 (UTC) (Link)
That looks great! I'm going to check with my daughter and see if she has the latest scholastic to order it!! :)
able_spacer at 2009-04-04 05:37 (UTC) (Link)


I'm deliriously happy for you...and utterly crushed that I can't lay my grubby paws on a copy.

However, feel free to adopt my cheering Kermit into your userpics...
Maaja Wentz
cerealboxreader at 2009-04-05 10:21 (UTC) (Link)

Looks Great!

Many congrats! This looks great Tara. It's so great to see your name, in big type, on the cover.

I'm not teaching 6 this year but I'll have to recommend it to my collegues.... Are you doing a follow up about Mars Exploration? That topic really captures a lot of students' imaginations as well.... If Scholastic ever asks for more in the same series, Mars settlement/ unmanned exploration etc... There's just a lot to get into...
(Anonymous) at 2011-01-18 00:08 (UTC) (Link)

provides access

Nice work Brian you obviously put a lot of work into it. Lets hope 2010 is as fruitful for you.
zivanail at 2011-04-11 06:13 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for sharing the info. I found the details very helpful.

zivanail at 2011-04-12 17:31 (UTC) (Link)
Just want to say what a great blog you got here!

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