|About the Book|
Astro Academy tells the story of six normal students. Each is starting high school and does not quite fit in. They try as hard as they can, but each has an issue that is common among high school students.Mary is an aspiring artist. Her teachers allMoreAstro Academy tells the story of six normal students. Each is starting high school and does not quite fit in. They try as hard as they can, but each has an issue that is common among high school students.Mary is an aspiring artist. Her teachers all praise her artistic abilities. She spends her days walking and sketching. She loves to play video games and draw wildly imaginative pictures of castles and dragons or vivid space battles.Elias is smart, a little too smart. He works hard and gives the best presentation in his class. The bullies of the school decide that he needs to help them to cheat. Or else. Elias is conflicted. He does not want to cheat and risk getting caught, but he is also afraid of them. He tries to come up with a solution that will get him off the hook.Sarah is having trouble fitting in anywhere. She tries to become a Goth to gain acceptance and is shunned by the rest of the school. When the Goths of the school crew reject her as well, Sarah retreats inward. The princesses of the school start giving her a hard time as well. She eats lunch alone and reads, never understanding why no one will talk to her.Matt and his family are struggling. He lives with his mother and brother in a poor neighborhood. He is shorter than the other students and tries to stand out. He attends an inner city school where he sees two girls picking on a helpless boy. He stops them and befriends the boy. He decides he wants to be a part of a local band. They do not want him involved until they hear the songs he has written.Tyler has a rough life. His parents are divorced. He lives with his mother and alcoholic stepfather, who fight all the time. Tyler hides in his room watching science fiction movies to escape, hoping his parents don’t know he is there. He stays at school as late as he can to avoid going home. He watches football practice and helps the team out by designing plays for them. When he slips and mentions his horrible home life, Tyler is terrified that someone will find out, making his parents take out their frustrations on him.Corey id labeled a nerd by the students of the school. They pick on him in the hallways and outside on his way home. But Friday nights, Corey is the master at the local laser tag arena. He is one of the best players and forgets all about the horrible students who torment him all week long. But one Friday night, the biggest, baddest students show up to play laser tag.When a recruiter comes to each of them to let them know about Astro Academy, a special school where they can explore themselves and their talents, the students jump at the chance. They travel to Astro Academy and start their new lives.Once they arrive at the Academy, they find that they are fitting in better. They fit in. They are having the best high school experience they could ever imagine.But there are problems at the school. Recently, pirates have been attacking the shipping lanes nearby. They hear reports of a military buildup in the area. Something big is about to go down. The six freshmen are caught in the middle while these events unfold around them, leaving Corey stranded and far from his new friends or anyone who can help him. He has to search for allies anywhere he can to stop the pirates of Terbikon.