Space Detectives by Mark Powers, illustratied by Dapo Adeola

Publication Date: 4 February 2021

The Blurb

Dog lost in space? Grown an extra head and don’t know why? Pocket money stolen by a green blob? You need the Space Detectives!

Connor and Ethan are spending their summer holidays aboard the world’s first orbiting city, Starville (basically Beverley Hills in space!). The amazing space station is bursting with celebrities and the mega-rich. But Connor and Ethan are too busy selling ice cream to see the sights.

However, neither of our heroes can resist a mystery and when they discover the space station is hurtling on a collision course with the moon (eep!) they know they need to step in. This is a case for the SPACE DETECTIVES!

Can Connor and Ethan find the culprit and save Starville from its impending doom?

The Review

Fast- paced and funny enough to make you laugh yourself out of this world. A cracking adventure with plenty of puns and silliness to keep you smiling from start to finish as you step aboard Starville with Ethan and Connor.

One is a genius, the other is a hover-board whizz, and one way or another they will solve any mystery or crime that comes their way. They compliment each other perfectly, and it’s great to see a love for learning celebrated as a character trait. It was also great to see a female coding genius too! There are gadgets, aliens, ice-cream and a fish finger loving would be evil overload.

Dapo’s illustrations add warmth and depth, capturing Mark’s pace and humour – I can’t wait to see the next outing of the Space Detectives.

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About the author

Mark Powers has been making up ridiculous stories since primary school and is slightly shocked to find people now pay him to do it. He grew up in north Wales and now lives in Manchester. His favourite animals are the binturong, the aye-aye and the dodo.

About the illustrator

Dapo Adeola is an illustrator and designer who creates characters and images that challenge gender norms in a fun and upbeat way. He is the co-creator of the picture book series Look Up. London born and bred but of Nigerian heritage, when he’s not busy cooking up new characters and adventures you can find him running illustration and character design workshops in and out of schools, to help highlight the possibilities of a career in illustration to inner-city children. Space Detectives is the first fiction series he has illustrated in the UK.

Huge thanks to Bloomsbury for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour. Do make sure you check out all of the stops.

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