Roshni adjusts her telescope on the shore of Pangong Lake in India. With the vast Himalayan Mountains looming in the distance and thousands of stars glittering overhead, Roshni doesn’t mind the chilly night. She’s not scared of the dark, either. She loves it. It’s the perfect place to stargaze. She is there to see the enormous storm on Jupiter’s surface: the Great Red Spot. But then she sees a compass symbol appear on her tent flap – The sign of the Secret Explorers!
Roshni is teleported from her tent to the familiar black stone walls of the Exploration Station. Gazing up at the Milky Way glowing on the ceiling, Roshni knows it’s going to be a space mission – and she’s the Space Explorer! Roshni might be able to see the Great Red Spot after all. Among the stars appears an image Roshni recognises as a probe – a sort of spacecraft with nobody on board, remote-controlled from a base back on Earth. There’s something wrong with this one, though. Paired with Ollie, a Rainforest expert, they blast off into space!
Taken out of this world – literally – Ollie and Roshni are set the task of fixing the space probe orbiting Jupiter before a comet hits the planet. With the clock ticking, it’s a race against time (and gravity) as they dodge asteroids, complete daring spacewalks, and use all their skills to complete their mission.
With facts about real-life missions to Jupiter, this space adventure is perfect for young readers aged 7+. Informative diagrams tell kids all they need to know about important elements of the story – such as how spacesuits work – while keeping kids engaged. Ellie O’Shea’s distinct illustrations clearly show the characters’ appearances and pivotal scenes in the story so the space facts can be more fully cemented and visualised in young readers’ minds.
The Secret Explorers and the Comet Collision is the second instalment in SJ King’s educational fiction series. While readers are introduced to Roshni’s out-of-this-world skills in the first instalment, this book gives Roshni another chance to shine – but this time in her element. As with Collin from the first instalment, readers can access Roshni’s mission notes, Jupiter facts, a quiz, and a glossary of key terms – perfect for the classroom!