Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron

    • Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron
    • Published 1956
    • Other works by author include many children's books including the 5 volume Mushroom Planet books.

    • Protagonists David and Chuck have inherited the use of Tyco Bass's house and contents after the events of the 1st book in the series, The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet (see my entry here). It is clear that Mr. Bass isn't dead; he's just gone traveling for a while.
    • The boys start up a club for young scientists and space enthusiasts like themselves.
      • When they call an esteemed astronomer to give a talk they reach his unscrupulous assistant instead. 
      • The assistant is named Horatio Peabody. A great name for the bad guy!
    • Mr. Bass's cousin Theo comes to visit and the boys again plan a trip to the Mushroom Planet which is located about 50,000 miles above Earth's orbit and unseen by human telescopes. Mr. Bass had a special filter to see it.
      • Horatio Peabody stows aboard the rocket and has dreams of exploiting the Mushroom Planet for his own personal gain and glory.
    • All ends well, except maybe for Horatio.

    • I am in process of reading this series of books. Luckily my library has copies of all five books as they have been in print since the 1950s and 1960s.
    • I love the fact that David's parents and Chuck's grandfather are so supportive of the boys' adventures, even seeing them off as they take off into space for this second trip.
    • I could personally wish for a girl adventurer joining the boys but alas, the 1950s were a different time. 
    • The story itself is fun and while you know going in that Horatio will get his comeuppance, the suspense comes in finding out exactly how it will happen.
    • On to book 3!
    • Recommended for science fiction readers, especially those in middle school.

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