Space Adventure Books Sampler

Blast off with excerpts from new books by William Alexander, Stuart Gibbs, Ken Jennings, Wesley King, and Mark Kelly!

Space Adventure Books Sampler

For Ages: 8 - 12
Calling all future astronauts: get ready for your next space adventure with this free downloadable sampler of great books!

Download this FREE sampler for excerpts from William Alexander, Stuart Gibbs, Ken Jennings, and Wesley King. Learn more about the books at!
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 75 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481434973 | 
  • October 2014 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Ghoulish Song
Goblin Secrets
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The Human Body
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The Incredible Space Raiders from Space!
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About the Authors

Stuart Gibbs
Photo courtesy of the author

Stuart Gibbs

Stuart Gibbs is the author of Belly Up, Poached, Spy School, Spy Camp, Evil Spy School, and Space Case. He has also written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox, and researched capybaras (the world’s largest rodents). He lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles.

William Alexander
Photograph by Matthew Aronoff

William Alexander

William Alexander won the National Book Award for his debut novel, Goblin Secrets, and won the Earphones Award for his narration of the audiobook. His other novels include Ghoulish Song, Ambassador, and Nomad. William studied theater and folklore at Oberlin College, English at the University of Vermont, and creative writing at the Clarion workshop. He teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Like the protagonist of Nomad and Ambassador, William is the son of a Latino immigrant to the US. Visit him online at and, and on Twitter via @WillieAlex.

Ken Jennings
Photo by Cathi Jennings

Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings grew up in Seoul, South Korea, where he became a daily devotee of the quiz show Jeopardy! In 2004, he successfully auditioned for a spot on the show and went on an unprecedented seventy-four game victory streak worth $2.52 million. Jennings’s book Brainiac, about his Jeopardy! adventures, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, as were his follow-up books Maphead and Because I Said So! Jennings lives outside Seattle with his wife, Mindy, his son, Dylan, his daughter, Caitlin, and a small, excitable dog named Chance.


Wesley King

Wesley King is the author of The Incredible Space Raiders from Space!, which Publishers Weekly called “a well-drafted coming-of-age story” that “will keep [readers] turning pages.” King’s first book, The Vindico and its sequel, The Feros, were both Junior Library Guild selections. The Vindico also won a Red Maple Award, a kid’s choice award that involved the participation of more than 250,000 kids in Wesley’s home province of Ontario, Canada.


Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly is a retired astronaut and US Navy Captain. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011.