As an author, Hickam penned a book called Crater in 2011. I obtained a copy for my son, now age 11, because it's one of the few books being offered to boys in that age group from Christian publishing houses. It's a shame there are so few, because a the number of boys in that age group love to read is a large one.
Not only was Crater a well-crafted story intended for this untapped market, but it could be the basis for a pretty good movie if only someone would give it a chance.
As it turns out, Crater is the first book in a series, known as the Helium-3 series. Crescent is the second. Both are set on the moon in a time when miners live on the moon for the purpose of harvesting the element Helium. Crater Trueblood is a young miner and, as in the first book, a reluctant hero.
Crescent is adventurous and sometimes funny. It's got a few good messages without being preachy. It has characters who grow as the story progresses. The author's passion for space-related topics is evident throughout. I liked Crescent and more important, my son did, too.
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