This was a re-read and I had forgotten how much I liked that book. It's one of those books that, had I read them at age 12, I would have read at least a 100 times in a row. The story is very fantastical. Sure, a lot of people seem to mind the many mathmatics in it (I don't understand half of that, I nearly failed my maths exams when I graduated from highschool) and the long explanations about space suits, but to me, even after all those years, it's still pushing the right buttons to keep me reading. The story in a nutshell is about a teenager named Kip who wins a space suit. He was trying for the first prize in a jingle contest for space soap which would have been a trip to the moon but he didn't win. So a space suit is was. And while the whole town had found a new object to laugh about - that kid in a space suit - Kip takes "Oscar" for a last walk before selling him to get starting money for his college. But, as all big adventures this one as well starts with a small step, and before Kip knows what's happening to him, he is abducted by aliens together with a young girl named Peewee, and another alien they called the Motherthing. The journey takes us to the moon, then to Pluto and eventually to Vega and the Magellan Cloud where Kip and Peewee have to stand trial for all of humanity. Kip, once the loner, now stands up for the fellow members of his race and finally finds his place among them. It's a great story. If you are looking for action, then I advice to read something else. If you are looking for a very philosophical approach to the good and bad of humanity, then I highly recommend this book.