Homebound - John David Anderson



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Beloved and bestselling author John David Anderson returns with the conclusion to the epic sci-fi coming-of-age tale that began in Stowaway, which Booklist called "The Mandalorian meets Guardians of the Galaxy" in a starred review.

Leo Fender is no stranger to catastrophe, whether it’s the intergalactic war that took his mother’s life or the ongoing fight for his own. He’s seen his planet plundered, his ship attacked, his father kidnapped, and his brother go missing—and found himself stranded on a ship with a bunch of mercenary space pirates.

Still, nothing could have prepared him for the moment he and the crew tried to save his father...and discovered a dark plot that could destroy hundreds of worlds in the blink of an eye.

Now Leo is adrift. His father has sent him on a mission with nothing but a data chip and a name of someone who could help, and Captain Bastian Black and the crew of the Icarus are determined to see this through to the end with Leo, to fulfill his father’s wish and prevent further conflict.

But as Leo searches for answers, he can’t help but wonder what it would take to end the war, to track down his father and brother and return to whatever home they have left—and if the cost of doing so is one he would be able to pay.

A very excellent follow up to Stowaway! 

  • Action packed!
  • A kid fighting a galactic-level war
  • Planets
  • Non-human persons
  • Family issues
  • Strange alien food
  • Robots (and some romance)
  • Environmental message
  • Friends who become family 
  • Self value message 
If you haven't read Stowaway yet - pick that up today and follow with Homebound. The two books are perfect for those sci-fi lovers you have in your classroom. 

Teaching activity: There are several descriptive parts throughout the book of Leo's setting. Find a page that your students can replicate by creating their own planet with everything Leo needs to either fight or combine forces with! 

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