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Ann Birdgenaw

Författare till Black Hole Radio - Bilaluna

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Black Hole Radio - Bilaluna (2021) 5 exemplar
Black Hole Radio - Ka'Azula (2021) 5 exemplar
Black Hole Radio (2021) 4 exemplar


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"Beep, beep, beep, beep," sounds the radio, and Hawk, Celeste, and Matt are off on another adventure through the black hole. This time they find themselves in an alien, cavernous labyrinth, as they try to locate a missing classmate and the way out. Along the way they meet some aliens and help find a solution to an injustice.

The story is interesting and keeps the reader engaged as the three kids learn about the alien world. It includes some bits of social commentary and at the end provides some good information and talking points about the problem of child labor in the mining industry - all done at a level that middle-grade readers can grasp. The glossary at the end provides some useful definitions and context for the space and scientific aspects of the story. The back matter also includes an appealing experiment to try, and the illustrations scattered throughout add nicely to the story.

While the story does give some hints of what's already happened, those parts are not very close to the beginning and so a reader unfamiliar with the previous adventures could be confused. Potential readers would benefit from having read the earlier books before reading this one.

Overall, this was a fun, entertaining book to read, with an important educational element and the opportunity to learn more. An enjoyable addition to the series.
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SLynnHelton | Feb 9, 2024 |
A great addition to any Elementary or Middle School library

I am not a fan of banning books—which is probably a weird way to start this review, I know. But bear with me. Black Hole Radio - Ka'Azula is a great addition to a school library for many reasons. This is book 3 of the series, and I bring up book banning, because this particular story touches on racism. But never fear. If you’re worried that the topic is too much for your child, this book gently introduces it then shows how singling someone out for being a little different is a lotta bad.

I would put the book's tone and style on par with The Magic Treehouse series, except instead of the treehouse, you have the black hole radio device. And instead of history, you have alternate worlds. This particular book in the series addresses racism in a way that's reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's sneeches. And there are two characters that reflect the idea of being different—Matt, who is of mixed race, and Celeste, who has autism. A nicely diverse set of main characters who do normal things in a normal world as well as an out of this world world.
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CaseyAdamsStark | 2 andra recensioner | Apr 20, 2023 |
Written in first-person present tense, this imaginative sci-fi adventure begins shortly after the end of Black Hole Radio - Bilaluna, the previous book in the series. The book’s prologue recaps what has gone before, so a reader can jump right into this book.

The story takes Hawk, Matt, and Celeste on another wild adventure, meeting aliens and experiencing new, advanced technology - in this case an immersive alien video game. Throughout the story, the book imparts an important message about not defining people’s worth by the color of their skin. And by extension, the aliens’ obsession with being “the beautiful blue color” highlights the folly of trying to adhere to an arbitrary definition of what’s beautiful and worthwhile.

Overall, the book is an entertaining, fun read, likely to appeal to its intended middle-grade readers. Compared to the previous two books, this book seemed less science-oriented and more focused on social issues. The glossary at the back is a great addition and good opportunity for further learning for readers.

(Read May 2022)
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SLynnHelton | 2 andra recensioner | Jan 7, 2023 |
This book starts right after the end of Black Hole Radio. Fifth-graders Hawk and Matt are back home on Earth and there’s a new student at school: a girl named Celeste. Hawk invites Celeste to join him and Matt in their space club, and before long the Black Hole Radio has taken the three on a new adventure far across space.

I really enjoyed the addition of a girl who has an interest in science, and I liked how she said she would tell her own story. It really gave some valuable insights into a different viewpoint: that of someone living with Asperger syndrome.

The story contained great lessons about acceptance and friendship, as so well stated in Hawk’s view of the new girl early on: “…she may be shy and doesn’t like to make eye contact. What’s so different about that?” and in his thoughts toward the end of the story: “…we’re friends and good friends accept you for who you are”.

There were plenty of mini-lessons on science topics, too, like space and gravity, and insects and their interdependence with their environments. I even learned something I hadn’t known before about the relation of gravity to how fast time passes; a “wow” learning moment for me!

Overall, I think this story is even better than the first book. It’s a wonderfully entertaining read with gentle lessons for its intended readers, all wrapped up in a fantastic adventure.

(Read November 2021)
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SLynnHelton | 2 andra recensioner | Jan 6, 2023 |



½ 4.7