This 1952 science fiction novel follows the Stone family in their voyage around the Solar System, where they encounter Martian pets, the complexities of interplanetary economics, a spreading disease and space ‘townies’ over 150 years old. This classic novel is an ode to family, as well as to Space in all her glory and peril. Suitable for all ages.
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