Space Case

Space Case
Written by Stuart Gibbs

Publisher’s Summary:
Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve a murder of one of the moon’s most prominent doctors.

Primary Source Pairing:
Living on the moon has some advantages, but Dash is kind of over it. When his friend and and fellow Moonie (what they call the people living at Moon Base Alpha) Dr. Holtz dies, Dash has no choice but to help solve the mystery around his death. In this science fiction, future-based story, author Stuart Gibbs expertly creates a setting where living on the moon is completely believable and perhaps appealing to some readers. For this primary source pairing, invite students to analyze a photograph of the International Space Station. Encourage students to learn more about the projects happening on the International Space Station and the scientists and astronauts who live there.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What objects are shown?
  • How are they arranged?
  • What is the physical setting?
  • Make a connection to what you see in this photograph and something you read in Space Case.

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
“International Space Station after undocking of STS-132” photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Additional Resource:
Story Time from the International Space Station:
While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. These videos are being edited and placed on this Story Time From Space website.