See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
You gotta love a boy who is so space-obsessed that he names his dog Carl Sagan. Eleven-year-old Alex is a truly endearing character in so many ways. As you can guess, his hero is the real life Carl Sagan, and the novel is a reporting of Alex and his dog’s journey to launch his golden iPod into space the way his hero Carl Sagan launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to LA, with many stops in between, Alex records his views of life on Earth to explain to other life forms. He meets incredible and often lost people in his journey, and as readers, we learn about Alex’s part as the adventure unfolds. Magical and surprisingly optimistic. An important addition to bookshelves of tweens, early adolescents, and the adults who share books with them.