Space Case (Moon Base Alpha Series #1)

Space Case (Moon Base Alpha Series #1)

by Stuart Gibbs


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It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School that The New York Times Book Review called “a delightful and brilliantly constructed middle grade thriller.”

Like his fellow lunarnauts—otherwise known as Moonies—living on Moon Base Alpha, twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon.

And he’s bored out of his mind. Kids aren’t allowed on the lunar surface, meaning they’re trapped inside the tiny moon base with next to nothing to occupy their time—and the only other kid Dash’s age spends all his time hooked into virtual reality games.

Then Moon Base Alpha’s top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there’s foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Everyone agrees Dr. Holtz went onto the lunar surface without his helmet properly affixed, simple as that. But Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, Dash finds out, and it’s a secret that could change everything for the Moonies—a secret someone just might kill to keep...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442494879
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Series: Moon Base Alpha Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 18,312
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Stuart Gibbs is the author of Belly Up, Poached, Spy School, Spy Camp, Evil Spy School, and Space Case. He has also written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox, and researched capybaras (the world’s largest rodents). He lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles.

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Space Case

  • Excerpt from The Official Residents’ Guide to Moon Base Alpha, © 2040 by National Aeronautics and Space Administration:


    Congratulations on your selection as a resident of the first permanent extraterrestrial human habitat! To ease your transition from earth, Moon Base Alpha (referred to from here on as “MBA”) has been designed to feel as comfortable and familiar as any residence on our home planet. Our engineers and designers have spared no expense to provide all MBA residents—or “lunarnauts”—with everything they need for a relaxing, pleasurable existence.

    However, life on the moon will not be without challenges. There are obviously many differences between this residence and one on earth—many of which you may be pleasantly surprised by! To that end, please take the necessary time to read this helpful, informative manual in its entirety, as it will likely answer any questions you have about your new home (and perhaps a few questions you hadn’t even thought to ask yet)!

    Once again, congratulations on your selection. Welcome to the moon. Enjoy your new home!

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    Space Case 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
    Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
    Murder on the Moon Dashiell Gibson has been living as one of the first humans to colonize the Moon for six months now, and he’s bored.  There aren’t that many kids his age, and there is even less to do.  In fact, he’s found he actually enjoys school since it gives him something to do. All that changes one night when he overhears Dr. Holtz planning to reveal a big discovery the next morning.  Only when morning arrives, Dr. Holtz is found outside the base dead.  He’d gone out alone, breaking one of the biggest rules – one he always made sure others followed.  Dashiell is certain that foul play was involved, yet no one else believes him, even going so far as to suggest that Dr. Holtz was beginning to go crazy.  Is that why Dr. Holtz was outside?  Or did someone really kill him? Since I’ve long been a fan of the author’s books, starting this new series was an obvious choice.  It’s one I’m glad I made because this is another winner.  The characters are fun and the story is good.  We really get to know what life on the colony would be like, yet the story is always entertaining with a nice dash of humor.  And the ending?  I never saw it coming. This book will appeal to those who enjoy mystery of science fiction from the targeted middle grade age range on up.  Personally, I’m already booking my rocket trip for the next entry in what promises to be another winning series.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I'm not a big fan of science fiction novels, but this was great! I would recamend it for young readers who are interested in space and/or mysteries. It is a fun read and will leave you on tge edge of your seat!
    Elle_Riordan 30 days ago
    This book was one of the worst books I've ever read. It went into detail about things such as showers for multiple paragraphs. IT had a terrible plot twist. I'm begging you please don't read this book.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved the book and the ending.
    Anonymous 6 months ago
    Loved this book so much I read it over 5 times and almost forgot that the#2 was already in my library!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It is a good book
    lotsofpuppies More than 1 year ago
    My 10-year-old nephew pleaded with me to read this book and I finally relented. I could not stop laughing, nor could I put it down! This is the story of Dashiell Gibson and his life on the moon. He, his family, and a handful of others were chosen to live on Moon Base Alpha, the first colony on the moon. Living on the moon is hailed as exciting, full of adventure, and the chance of a lifetime; However, all is not as it appears. According to Dashiell, life on the moon sucks! Even the most basic tasks required of everyday living (like going to the bathroom) is a burdensome chore. As if day-to-day life were not troubling enough, now someone has been found dead on the surface of the moon! Described as an accident, Dashielle or Dash, has his own theories on what happened...and his theory does not lean towards that of an accident, but of murder. Again, a surprisingly good book that kept me laughing to the first chapter called Evil Plumbing to laugh your behind off at the intricacies of going to the bathroom in space!!! LOL!!! Thank you to my nephew and Stuart Gibbs for this treat of a book!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was really good. When everybodys crouded on a small moon base it adds a lot of suspense because every one is then a suspect. I also love how Violet is always happy,because it adds cornieness to it all. And how the Sjobergs are mean so EVERYBODY annoyed with tthem. I love everything about this book and LOVE LOVE LOVE Stuart Gibbs. All his books should get 900,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, stars. :):):):):):):):):):):) :):):)::):):)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
    Space Case is the first installment in Stuart Gibbs' middle-grade, science fiction series titled: Moon Base Alpha. This was required summer reading for my seventh grader and we decided to do a buddy read together. We both ended up really liking it and my son has already picked up the next book in the series. Some parts of Space Case were a bit slow in my opinion, but overall it was an engaging age-appropriate murder mystery with a surprising little plot twist added in. The "life on the moon" component was especially fun (even for me!). If you have a middle-grade child in your life looking for something new then have them check out this title! My favorite quote: "Thoughts are extremely powerful—if you know how to use them right." The Moon Base Alpha series includes the following installments as of June 2016: #1-Space Case #2-Spaced Out
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was good
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Very good. I feel that Gibbs did an awesome job relating to how a twelve year old would feel on the moon. This book is jammed to the top with supense and action making spaction like something an evil little gymnast in Evil Spy School (also by Stuart Gibbs) would say. All in all this is an amazing book for murder/mystery/sci fi lovers.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    What could be more interesting than getting a spot living in the first space station on the moon? A lot of things, according to 12-year-old Dash Gibson. But when the base’s top scientist turns up dead, Dash doesn’t believe the story that it was suicide. Dash and his family are trapped in the base with the killer, making life much more interesting. Dash launches his own investigation, but soon finds himself in hot water. The Space Case has great characters and enough action to distract a gamer from his iPad.
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    They best
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Amazing!!! Is there going to be a second one???
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    AND I ALSO LIKE TRAINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?^¿
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    I saw this at the actual barnes and noble store.
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    Big mac: $3.75 Sodas and other burgers are $1.75!