Fall 2023

Last Summer in Outer Space

From the Series Adventures of the PSS 118

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 7
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Jack’s eighth-grade year aboard the PSS 118 is coming to an end. And the students and faculty of the best public schoolship in the galaxy (if it does say so itself) are on the verge of completing their mission. If all goes well, they’ll soon foil the sinister alien plot that’s put all of humanity in danger.

But this is still middle school. So all does not go well.

When the original plan backfires, it’s up to Jack, Ari, and Becka to take on the evil Minister one more time and make the galaxy safer for everyone.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 5
Category SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 232
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS JUV053010, JUV053020, JUV035000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Author: Joshua S. Levy

Joshua S. Levy was born and raised in Florida. After teaching middle school (yes, including seventh and eighth grade) for a little while, Josh went to law school. He lives with his wife and children in New Jersey, where he practices as a lawyer. Unfortunately, outer space doesn't come up in court nearly as often as he'd like.

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Adventures of the PSS 118

Life aboard the PSS 118, a public school spaceship orbiting Jupiter, has never been stellar for Jack. But when he accidentally activates a brand-new light speed engine and transports the ship across the galaxy, middle school gets a whole lot more complicated.… View available downloads →

The Adventures of the PSS 118 Series Finale Is Here!: An Interview with Author Joshua Levy

There’s nothing more satisfying than an epic conclusion to a fan-favorite series. Jack, Ari, and Becka have been through a lot since their school catapulted across the galaxy into the clutches of aliens. In Last Summer in Outer Space the friends face a final showdown against the aliens… View →


Kirkus Reviews

“Levy artfully folds serious personal and parental issues into his less-than-serious round of chases, narrow squeaks, team building, and . . . space battles on the way to a happy resolution and a delayed but properly heartwarming eighth grade graduation ceremony.”—Kirkus Reviews