Genre: YA science fiction
Length: 320 pages
Setting: not too far future, the Moon to the Asteroid Belt
Interest: This was one of Heinlein’s juveniles, which I’d heard were fun for kids to read. I’d bought it a while ago and Miss Adventure decided it would make a good bedtime story.
Summary: The Stone family, including Mr. Roger Stone, Mrs. Doctor Stone, Grandma Hazel, Meade, the twins, Castor and Pollox, and toddler Lowell, have gotten bored on Luna. They have decided to fix up a spaceship and do a little sightseeing to Mars and the asteroid belt. Along the way, everyone has a series of adventures. Dr. Stone is called upon to solve medical emergencies. Castor and Pollux are always looking to make some money, and Roger tries to convince himself he’s in charge of the family.
Final thoughts: A fun little story, with no real depth to it. The basic plot was to move the family to a new location, and let the wacky hijinks ensue. It would work great as a serial (comic, TV show, radio, whatever). You get a little of Heinlein’s philosophy (study hard, math is important, everyone should own guns) but in general, it’s just a fun read. Castor and Pollux are really the main characters and Meade gets the least character development. (I’m going to guess the target audience was young boys, and the girls just got to be happy there was a girl in the family.)
Title comes from: The name of the ship the Stones used for their touring, which was named for their family.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 40/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge
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