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Space Kids – The Journey of Hope

The year is 2067. 12-year-old Sophie Williams is troubled by vivid nightmares, misses her late father, and is struggling to fit in at her new school.

Scientists at Space Command must learn how children manage in space without adults. They advertise for a leader for the first-ever child-only mission.

Following a selection process that pushed Sophie to her limits, she eventually finds herself strapped into the enormous spaceship. Her daunting job is to lead three other talented children, a robot and a dog to a distant star system.

Little did Sophie realise the discoveries they would make, the dangers they would face, or that her dreams, her father and the mission were all connected.

Audiobook now available

Space Kids – The Journey of Hope is now available as an audiobook, narrated by the fantastic Penny Scott Andrews of Bespoken Voices.

How do I get it?

You’ll find Space Kids at the links below.

Ebook (free on Kindle Unlimited), Paperback, Hardcover, Audible:

Further audiobook stores:


Great news! Space Kids was selected as a WINNER by the prestigious book review site N. N. Light’s Book Heaven in TWO categories:

Best Middle-Grade Book 2022

Best Independently Published Book 2022

Not only that, Alan was a finalist for Best International Author 2022.

It’s an honour to be selected out of the thousands of books reviewed by the team. Thank you to everyone at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven for your support! You can see all the 2022 winners here:



Of course, we all think Space Kids is great, but don’t take our word for it. Please browse the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Also, independent book blogger reviews are below:

“As a fan of quality YA books, I was blown away by Space Kids. The way my memory works, I compare every YA book today to Escape From Witch Mountain. That book was the best book I read as a kid. I can’t express how much I would have loved to have read Space Kids as a child. Simply put, this is the best YA book written in the last forty years.

There is no child who won’t simply adore this book. There is no bullying *which there should NEVER be any bullying in any YA book ever* and the lessons are apparent. The story is such fun to read. The premise is done brilliantly to hook every reader. This YA book is so good that even adults will love this book.

Brilliantly written and described the book flows. The story is full of adventure and excitement. The children learn to overcome challenges in a positive way as they accomplish their dreams. I can’t wait to read the second part of this story. This team – including Codey and Biggles – must soar into space again. When that happens, it will be a must-read. Buy this book for your child. Buy this book for yourself. Simply an incredible book that needs to be a runaway bestseller. A book of the year award candidate already.

5+++ stars”

NN Lights Book Heaven

“This is the perfect read for kids and adults like. It was fun, inspiring, and especially empowering for young girls with dreams of doing something big with their life. 4/5”

Ariel – TheBookView.com, book blogger

“It made me feel really happy that middle-grade books nowadays are inclusive and not just in a way to add supporting characters from marginalised sections. 5/5”

Alex – The shadow girl, book blogger

“The author’s creative juice drips from every single page. If it could excite a full-grown adult like me, I’m very sure that the children would find it the same way. 5/5”

Siddharth C, Book reviewer


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