Space Taxi

by Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer

Archie Morningstar presents Science Facts

Impress your friends and teachers!

In the new chapter book series, Space Taxi, Archie Morningstar discovers his dad is no ordinary taxicab driver. Instead, he drives aliens through outer space!

"Wait! What?!?"

Yup! Scroll down to take flight with Archie and learn fun science facts that will impress your friends and teachers!

A Worm Hole

A wormhole is like a tunnel from one part of outer space to another. Picture an apple—it would take a worm less time to go through a hole in the apple than to go around the skin of the apple.

Gravity

Gravity is the invisible force that attracts two objects. The heavier the object, the more gravity it has. Gravity is what keeps the planets in orbit around the sun and keeps all the stuff on Earth from floating into space.

The Sun

Even though we don’t think of it this way, our sun is actually a star. It’s just a lot closer to us than any other star. Our sun is 4.5 billion years old, and will be around for another 5 billion. That’s a lot of birthdays!

Venus

In Space Taxi, Archie’s last name is Morningstar. The real Morning Star is a nickname for the planet Venus, which is so bright you can still it as the sun rises.

Exoplanet

A planet that orbits a star other than our own sun is called an exoplanet. With the help of huge telescopes, astronomers are discovering new exoplanets every day.

Earth-like Planets

In order for life as we know it to exist, a planet must not be too close to or too far away from its source of heat (its sun) so that its temperature stays within a certain zone. It needs to have water, oxygen, an atmosphere around it, and the right kinds of chemicals in the ground and air.

Clouds

Where do Clouds come from? When the sun warms up the air, water from oceans and lakes and rivers begins to evaporate. This means it turns into water vapor (a gas you can’t see) and begins to rise through the air. As the air gets cooler, the vapor sticks to dust in the atmosphere. Eventually, the rising water vapor comes together to form a cloud.

Rain

When the cloud grows heavy with water droplets and it can’t hold any more, the water falls from the clouds and it begins to rain.

Fog

Fog is a cloud that has formed at ground level. Fog occurs most often at night or in the early morning. The heat of the sun will burn away the fog from the top down.

The Books

Archie Takes Flight

It's not every day a regular kid like Archie gets to wake up at midnight. But today is Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Archie is finally allowed to ride along in his dad's taxi cab.

But Archie's dad is no ordinary cab driver...In fact, he drives an intergalactic space taxi! All night long, he shuttles aliens from one corner of the universe to another.

And being a space taxi copilot is no easy task: Archie must guide them into wormholes, keep them from crashing into planets, deal with a very unusual cat...and save the universe from an evil mastermind!

Space Taxi marks the debut of a brand new chapter book series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mass and teacher Michael Brawer.

Water Planet Rescue

Archie Morningstar's dad drives a taxi through outer space! And with the help of a talking cat named Pockets, Archie and his dad help fight crime across the universe.

In the second book in this series, Archie, his dad, and Pockets fly to a planet in peril: someone is stealing the water from this underwater world! Can Archie and Pockets save the day?

New York Times bestselling author Wendy Mass and teacher Michael Brawer have written another fun-filled adventure packed with plenty of science to impress your friends and teachers!

Archie's Alien Disguise

Archie Morningstar's dad drives a taxi through outer space! And with the help of a talking cat named Pockets, Archie and his dad help fight crime across the universe.

In the third book in the series, Archie, his dad, and Pockets visit a planet that resembles medieval Earth in every way but its inhabitants, who have rainbow colored hair and extra eyes. To beat the evil organization B.U.R.P., the trio must disguise themselves as aliens and rescue a princess! When Archie must act on his own, can he find the courage to save the day?

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