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Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handf Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it's too late? Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks.


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Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handf Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it's too late? Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks.

30 review for Sanity & Tallulah

  1. 4 out of 5

    orangerful

    This book is adorable! Two BFFs that live in a space station that get into trouble when one's science experiment gets a little out of hand. The experiment? Well, I won't spoil that for you, but it is both cute and terrifying. It reminded me of an episode of 'Star Trek' but for kids. I can't wait to read the further adventures of these two girls.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    So delightful! Two best friends on a space station try to prevent the entire thing from falling apart, which may or may not be their own fault. There are hints at a larger, unexplored universe of space station-type activities going on, which I really enjoyed. What is all this science for? What are they protecting themselves against? Who built the station originally, and why? Of course, there's also great character moments and humor. I would have devoured this when I was younger -- ok, I still dev So delightful! Two best friends on a space station try to prevent the entire thing from falling apart, which may or may not be their own fault. There are hints at a larger, unexplored universe of space station-type activities going on, which I really enjoyed. What is all this science for? What are they protecting themselves against? Who built the station originally, and why? Of course, there's also great character moments and humor. I would have devoured this when I was younger -- ok, I still devoured it now. The story reminded me very strongly of the Disney Channel Original Movie: Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century. The art here is spectacular as well! I felt it captured the variety of emotions very well, from the funny moments to the frightening ones. This is the first book I've read specifically to prepare for the store, and I couldn't have gotten off to a better start! Excited to start sharing it. (edit: I also couldn't have had more typos and grammatical mistakes. WOW.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    Sanity & Tallulah seemed like it should check all the boxes for me. But, due to a number of factors, I ended up not enjoying this one very much at all. First, this is a graphic novel that really needs to be read in a larger format. I read the e-book on my laptop, and even then, I couldn't clearly see some of the pictures or read all the text without zooming in. This would be impossible to read on something like a Kindle. It doesn't help that the actual innards of the book only use a couple of Sanity & Tallulah seemed like it should check all the boxes for me. But, due to a number of factors, I ended up not enjoying this one very much at all. First, this is a graphic novel that really needs to be read in a larger format. I read the e-book on my laptop, and even then, I couldn't clearly see some of the pictures or read all the text without zooming in. This would be impossible to read on something like a Kindle. It doesn't help that the actual innards of the book only use a couple of colours (navy and dull red). Sometimes it was difficult to make out what I was looking at. (It's always disappointing when the cover promises something other than what you actually get. I might have liked this a bit more--and been able to see it better--if it had been in full colour like the cover.) Second, I'm not a fan of the way the punctuation was used. Question marks versus periods were used not so much to differentiate between questions and statements, but to indicate inflection. Unfortunately, a lot of those characters are the kind of people who make everything sound like a question, making their voice go up at the end of every sentence. So there are question marks everywhere. I was not a fan. Third, I didn't really like the way the book couldn't decide whether or not the adults were stupid or smart. When things started to go really wrong on the station, there were engineers and specialists running around all over the place trying to find the source of the problem. It wasn't until the girls found the problem (in a place that seemed like a really obvious place to start looking, given the situation) that the plan for saving the station could be put into place. I thought that was kind of stupid. On the other hand, some of the adults were also portrayed as capable, loving parents, which is a nice change from some middle grade books where parental involvement is almost nonexistent. The main problem I had with this book, however, was simply that it was boring. The plot was quite thin, and it seemed like there was quite a bit of filler. (Searching for the escaped mutant cat took up way too much of the first part of the book, in my opinion.) There were some fun touches like the taffimatter (no matter how scientifically implausible it might be), duct weasels, and plums that could power light bulbs, but there weren't nearly enough of those kinds of things to hold my interest. I honestly thought I might DNF this one because I was just so bored. A science fiction graphic novel for middle graders featuring two young girls as the main characters sounds like it should be great. Unfortunately, it wasn't... and I'm just glad I'm done.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dena (Batch of Books)

    Anyone that tells you that graphic novels are not sophisticated should read this book. It's a science fiction story about two girls that live on a space station. Sanity has "grown" her own three-headed kitten, but when her pet escapes, the station starts malfunctioning. She and Tallulah put on their sleuthing hats to find the kitten and determine what is causing all the trouble. I was a little surprised at the turn this book took. I thought it was going to be the outer-space equivalent of Ellie E Anyone that tells you that graphic novels are not sophisticated should read this book. It's a science fiction story about two girls that live on a space station. Sanity has "grown" her own three-headed kitten, but when her pet escapes, the station starts malfunctioning. She and Tallulah put on their sleuthing hats to find the kitten and determine what is causing all the trouble. I was a little surprised at the turn this book took. I thought it was going to be the outer-space equivalent of Ellie Engineer or Junie B. Jones. It's quite different--and that's not a bad thing. Besides having well-developed characters and an interesting storyline, there are new vocabulary words and several interwoven storylines that offer an immersive and complex experience for the reader. My only complaint about the book is that sometimes the storyline could be difficult to follow, either because of the advanced vocabulary or the illustrations didn't clearly show what was happening. But that only happened two or three times in the book. Other than that, I found it an enjoyable and interesting science-fiction novel that kids will like. My ten-year-old has read it several times and really likes it. She keeps coming back to this book because she loves sci-fi and graphic novels, even though some of this book is probably over her head. Content: Two mild curse words, adventure action, and suspense. Movie rating would be PG. Source: The publisher sent me a copy of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zayda (Babybibliophile)

    Sanity and Tallulah are best friends living on a satelite in space. Without permisson they create a life form that gets loose aboard the ship. It ends up causing chaos and the two best friends must find it before it's too late! I loved the illustrations in this book and how well they went with the story. This book was a wonderful, fun read and I highly recommend it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sam (she_who_reads_)

    This is one of the cutest graphic novels I’ve read all year! Packed full of adventure, danger, and a lot of laughs- I enjoyed every minute of reading this! Sanity and Tallulah are great characters, and I loved that Tallulah was a total badass scientist! Also this graphic novel is super diverse, which is always appreciated. I would absolutely recommend this to any graphic novel reader, regardless of age!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jess (freaks over books)

    This was a cute little comic, the two main characters are very adorable and I enjoyed the setting, the story itself was just ok for me, but I can appreciate it for what it was. The sci-fi/mystery aspect set in Space was fun, and I liked the illustrations as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    The most endearing element of Sanity and Tallulah’s adventures that I’ve enjoyed from them before their big book debut is that these girls always save the day and I’m glad to report that very theme has transitioned over from the zine format to graphic novel format without losing any of that awesome message–not that I had any doubt! Best Friends, Mad Science The girls remain curious, bright inquiring minds that are growing up in a place that’s unfamiliar to most of us: a space station yet they are The most endearing element of Sanity and Tallulah’s adventures that I’ve enjoyed from them before their big book debut is that these girls always save the day and I’m glad to report that very theme has transitioned over from the zine format to graphic novel format without losing any of that awesome message–not that I had any doubt! Best Friends, Mad Science The girls remain curious, bright inquiring minds that are growing up in a place that’s unfamiliar to most of us: a space station yet they are soaking up everything they observe, learn and happen to uncover while exploring. Granted, Sanity is the more reserved, more level-headed out of the two while Tallulah is the more spontaneous, happy go lucky type the two best friends compliment each other well and together they are the dream team that wins our hearts over by the end of the book. It is so important to see girls centered in narratives that involve S.T.E.M. minded activities and circumstances. It is so important to see girls centered in narratives located in space located in the science fiction genre which may very well have been started by a woman, a teen girl at that but hasn’t always been kind to women. And I can’t stress how important it is to see girls of color centered in diverse narratives that present them as important! This book features our dear Sanity Jones who is Black and her BFF Tallulah Vega-Davisson who is biracial with a Latinx mother and a white father. I was so stoked to see the girls’ world expanded to include some of their families which make up a superb support cast with Sanity’s father Darren a station director and Tallulah’s mother, Soledad in a similarly high ranking position. I’d be remiss to make note of Tallulah’s super chill dad Hank who has a leg prosthesis. Read more of my review here: http://blacknerdproblems.com/sanity-t...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a fun book. Sanity, who is advanced in her understanding of science, and Tallulah, her best friend, who is not quite as in to science, have created a three headed cat, despite the fact that no animals other than humans are allowed on the space station that they live on. Here is the three headed cat, below. The world building is well done. The adults are not stupid to Sanity’s smarts. Everyone has a personality, and background, and although we don’t know all of it yet. It appears as though This is a fun book. Sanity, who is advanced in her understanding of science, and Tallulah, her best friend, who is not quite as in to science, have created a three headed cat, despite the fact that no animals other than humans are allowed on the space station that they live on. Here is the three headed cat, below. The world building is well done. The adults are not stupid to Sanity’s smarts. Everyone has a personality, and background, and although we don’t know all of it yet. It appears as though this is a first in a series, which will be fun. This will be an excellent series, with miscivious but normal pre-teens, and exasperated parents, and bureaucracy and all the fun things that go into a good science fiction story. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mish

    A very cute story about a small science project gone wrong...in space. Sanity and Tallulah are smart for their age, one in science and the other in mischief. This is, of course, a combination often seen on earth but man, these gals are in Space! So, of course, the science project is found out and then everything keeps on getting worse. And it is up to the girls to figure out how to save the day. I really liked this story. Very cute, smart, and on point. Sciency but not too hard to follow and well A very cute story about a small science project gone wrong...in space. Sanity and Tallulah are smart for their age, one in science and the other in mischief. This is, of course, a combination often seen on earth but man, these gals are in Space! So, of course, the science project is found out and then everything keeps on getting worse. And it is up to the girls to figure out how to save the day. I really liked this story. Very cute, smart, and on point. Sciency but not too hard to follow and well-done. Kids take the lead in both accidentally creating the problem, but also helping find a solution, and are treated well by the adults, who also recognize the talent and intelligence the girls have and let it shine.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kales

    I got this ARC at BookExpo and I am so happy it exists. This is a great addition to the exploding genre of middle grade graphic novels. These two best friends are a riot and I am happy to have read this book. It features intelligent young girls who are also funny and mischievous. Their caring nature and desire to do good drove the story. I honestly didn't know what I was getting into with this story but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a science fiction graphic novel. It had a very "Zen I got this ARC at BookExpo and I am so happy it exists. This is a great addition to the exploding genre of middle grade graphic novels. These two best friends are a riot and I am happy to have read this book. It features intelligent young girls who are also funny and mischievous. Their caring nature and desire to do good drove the story. I honestly didn't know what I was getting into with this story but I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a science fiction graphic novel. It had a very "Zenon Girl of the 21st Century" feel to it. The only reason this isn't a five stars is because of all of the scientific terminology -- which was fine but it was a lot and found myself zoning out and hard to know what was going on at some times. And I'm 26 so I don't know how a 3rd grader-7th grader would do. Nevertheless, I know come October I will be pushing this book into the hands of several parents and young kids who will absolutely love it. Conclusion: Keep

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Jones

    Ugh this was so cute! I loved it! I did get a bit lost with all the science talk, because I'm not great with science, but it was such an enjoyable book. The art is adorable, all the characters were well written and relatable, and I was surprised by the twist! I didn't see that coming! I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a cute, easy read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lmhoyer

    I didn't know really what was happening!😐

  14. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    This graphic novel will charm the socks off of you. I want posters of this, pins, and sequels. Not in that order though because I need to know there will be more before I lose my mind over the merchandise for this. Seriously new mega fan here. Where do I even begin? Do I start with the adorable friendship between our main characters? Or the diversity in the details? Or the fact that this middle grade graphic novel celebrates strong families, intelligent female scientists, and imagination? full re This graphic novel will charm the socks off of you. I want posters of this, pins, and sequels. Not in that order though because I need to know there will be more before I lose my mind over the merchandise for this. Seriously new mega fan here. Where do I even begin? Do I start with the adorable friendship between our main characters? Or the diversity in the details? Or the fact that this middle grade graphic novel celebrates strong families, intelligent female scientists, and imagination? full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alicea

    Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks is a middle grade graphic novel about two little girls living on a space station on the fringes of populated space. These two best friends are polar opposites. Sanity is a gifted scientist who is more often than not working diligently at her homework or brainstorming her newest lab project. Tallulah, on the other hand, is a mediocre student (at best) and a champion mischief maker (the best). After Sanity's latest science project (a three-headed creature) get Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks is a middle grade graphic novel about two little girls living on a space station on the fringes of populated space. These two best friends are polar opposites. Sanity is a gifted scientist who is more often than not working diligently at her homework or brainstorming her newest lab project. Tallulah, on the other hand, is a mediocre student (at best) and a champion mischief maker (the best). After Sanity's latest science project (a three-headed creature) gets loose, the two girls are desperate to clear the animal's name as technical failures and disasters of all kinds begin happening at an alarming rate. There's a race against the clock to find the creature and save all life as they know it on the space station. This story is all about the bonds of friendship...and what happens if you don't properly follow safety protocols when docking your ship at a space station. My opinion: I don't know if it's because I read this one right after Space Dumplins but I found it very similar in tone and content and therefore not altogether that interesting. Additionally, the illustrations were good but weren't nearly as stunning as the aforementioned Space Dumplins. I couldn't give it more than a 4/10.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fenja

    Finished this in nearly one sitting. It was my first ever Graphic Novel and the absolute cutest thing I've read in a while. Not only was it super cute, it was also really adventurous and exciting and a real page turner! I LOVED all of the science and the jokes and diversity of the characters! It was just perfect! My favourite thing about this had to be the parents/kids representations. That was just so amazing and I think I need a reread to write down all of the important life lessons this book co Finished this in nearly one sitting. It was my first ever Graphic Novel and the absolute cutest thing I've read in a while. Not only was it super cute, it was also really adventurous and exciting and a real page turner! I LOVED all of the science and the jokes and diversity of the characters! It was just perfect! My favourite thing about this had to be the parents/kids representations. That was just so amazing and I think I need a reread to write down all of the important life lessons this book contains ❤

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    I skimmed this, because not quite in my wheel house. But it is a great choice for another reader — it’s a cute, science infused graphic lovely about two teenage girls who bioengineer a kitten with three heads who gets loose and wreaks havoc on the space ship where they live ! Best for older elementary and middle school because it’s very science-y.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Spidel

    This books captivates kiddos because it has such an incredible creative plot! Life on a space station and conducting your own scientific experiments as a kid? How could my son not love this?! Thanks to Disney for sending us an ARC for review. It's tricky to find books that grab his attention, so this was a win!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Very cute sci-fi story of two girls making mischief and solving mysteries on their space station home. I like that it is just set in the space station with no backstory. I love the color scheme and adorable art. It has a bit of a slow start but picks up in the middle and the resulting conflict is quite fun.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Science fiction graphic novel that has fun with science, creates some interesting characters, both kids and adults and tells an interesting and story. Excellent visual story telling that works well with the text. A real charmer.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Beatty

    Honest to goodness one of the most fun MG graphics I've read this year. Tech-whizz Sanity and her not so savvy bestie Tallulah have a grand adventure aboard their space station home when a science project goes disastrously wrong.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Coxon

    This came in our last Owl Crate Jr box. It was a super cute story about 2 girls and a pet kitten (with 3 heads). It was so much fun to read!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cort

    Mini Me Rating & Review: one of my favorite books this year.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Nelson

    Cute little story with a little bit of a mystery! My daughter really enjoyed this one!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura (bbliophile)

    This was so so cute! I loved the art style, the plot, the setting and the characters so much, and I can't wait to see more of Sanity and Tallulah in the future.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Pretty cute, but one half of a duo always getting into trouble with the other always having to pull back is one of my less preferred tropes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    I loved the families so much (also, obvs, Princess Sparkle Destroyer of Worlds)!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    The tagline: Best Friends. Mad Science. With the idea of “science fiction teen girl detectives” in mind, Sanity & Tallulah was born first in a zine. And if you think the idea meant merely relocating Nancy Drew to a space station, you’re in for a surprise. Despite a strict “no domestic mammal” policy on their dilapidated, out-of-the-way space station, Wilnick, Sanity bioengineers a carnivorous vertebrate. The three-headed kitten’s name, courtesy of Tallulah? Princess. Sparkle. Destroyer of Worl The tagline: Best Friends. Mad Science. With the idea of “science fiction teen girl detectives” in mind, Sanity & Tallulah was born first in a zine. And if you think the idea meant merely relocating Nancy Drew to a space station, you’re in for a surprise. Despite a strict “no domestic mammal” policy on their dilapidated, out-of-the-way space station, Wilnick, Sanity bioengineers a carnivorous vertebrate. The three-headed kitten’s name, courtesy of Tallulah? Princess. Sparkle. Destroyer of Worlds. The entire sequence of Tallulah’s mother, Dr. Soledad Vega, interrogating Sanity and Tallulah on the use of the lab, its resources, and, finally, the cat is an entertaining way to open the novel. I was especially amused when Dr. Vega turns from Sanity to her daughter’s involvement. Tallulah! You knew about this? …Iiiis that a trick question? Arrgh, Sanity, I have told you before, any experiment involving a vertebrate life-form requires peer review, and Tallulah doesn’t count! Bringing creatures to live all by yourself is mad-science territory. This is how people get eaten by their own creations, or grow prehensile tails. Do you want to grow a prehensile tail and end up like Dr. Gorges? The girls’ first concern is what is going to happen to their kitten when Dr. Vega orders it removed for lab containment, but the kitten soon escapes. Worse, the ship starts experiencing technical difficulties. Trying to solve the mystery of the missing three-headed kitten is one problem. That it leads to the mystery of what is sabotaging the space station is another. It’s a race against time, trying to find the kitten before the authorities do. And it’ll be down to the wire to save the space station from imminent destruction. Fortunately, the best friend detectives are up to the task. And they make a great team, with Sanity taking the science-genius lead while Tallulah takes the role as supportive friend at whatever cost. The friendship—and adventure—is grounded in an affectionate familial atmosphere. While stern about their venturing into mad-science, Soledad is supportive of Sanity’s brain. When it comes to the fate of the station arriving at a precipice, she’s all-in with relying on Sanity’s ability. As for her own daughter, she worries about Tallulah keeping up with her schoolwork (over screen time) and keeping out of mischief. We meet Tallulah’s father Henry and younger brother Horace at the dinner table. I think Tallulah’s father knits their sweaters while piloting shipments; I know he’s invested in their children after his trip to Epsilon with Horace. Later we’ll meet Sanity’s father aka the Station Director when things go seriously awry. He’s unsurprised by the girls’ mischief, but isn’t particularly angered or distracted by it. Sanity’s mother and elder sister are spoken about as if they are temporarily on an off-station mission on a security/military matter. Brooks has you curious enough about them to hope they show up in another episode. Brooks must have a larger story at work, because when Tallulah’s father and younger brother are on a delivery job to another station, the brother is anxious about something, and two young people receiving the shipment go fan-girl meeting “the actual Henry Davisson”—Henry Davisson who is sporting a prosthesis. Events/interactions happen in natural ways at the periphery, as Brooks maintains a page-turning focus on the most pressing matters: like what happens when they find Princess Sparkle Destroyer of Worlds? The art, you’ll notice, is appealing. It can get pretty text heavy, and venture steeply into the sciences. I enjoyed having such intelligent and determined heroes. I enjoyed having such a diverse cast: Tallulah is Latinx/White, Sanity is Black, and the crew and classmates vary in representation. The story has good energy and humor, as well as a pretty good mystery. But the interactions between the primary characters are the best, you’ll look forward to meeting them again. Recommended for readers of graphic novels, science fiction, mysteries and adventures. For readers of Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence (which is the closest match), Maihack’s Cleopatra in Space, and loved Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl. https://contemplatrix.wordpress.com/2...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elisquared

    Sanity is not your typical kid; she is a science prodigy and has bio-engineered a very illegal, very cute creature: a three-headed cat named Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds (or more specifically, Princess, Sparkle, and Destroyer of Worlds -- the full name usage is a funny joke that readers will smile at). Of course, Sanity's best friend, Tallulah, is mixed up in it, helping Sanity keep the cat hidden from her own mother, Dr. Vega, senior scientist on board the space station Wilnick. Of cour Sanity is not your typical kid; she is a science prodigy and has bio-engineered a very illegal, very cute creature: a three-headed cat named Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds (or more specifically, Princess, Sparkle, and Destroyer of Worlds -- the full name usage is a funny joke that readers will smile at). Of course, Sanity's best friend, Tallulah, is mixed up in it, helping Sanity keep the cat hidden from her own mother, Dr. Vega, senior scientist on board the space station Wilnick. Of course Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is discovered and quarantined, but you can't have a sci-fi adventure without something going wrong, so soon enough the girls discover PSDW has gotten loose. Right after, things start to be nibbled on around the space station wreaking havoc. Right away, PSDW is pointed to as the culprit. Sanity and Tallulah must race against the adults on the station to find PSDW to both keep her safe, and save their home. But not everything is as it seems. Sanity & Tallulah has it all: friendship, hijinks, science, humor, a diverse cast, and love. Love for family, love for their home, and love for each other. Love pours out from this book; both from the author's writing and from the characters themselves. Mix that together with a science experiment on the loose, and a high-stakes search to save their home, you too will fall in love with Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega-Davisson. The writing was full of humor and felt very real, even with the setting being a space station. Sanity and Tallulah are great leading ladies, who have a total synchronicity that only BFFs can get. All the adults on board are also great! Dr. Vega, Tallulah's mom, is a whip-smart, no-nonsense lady who clearly loves both girls. The girls' fathers are both featured prominently as well, Sanity's being the head of the space station and Tallulah's being a supply runner. All of the characters are well developed and the illustrations are used to hint that there's more to all of them then we have been told. This will make the readers want more stories set in this world. But what really makes this book feel grounded, even in the midst of the sci-fi shenanigans, is that the author showcases diversity in her characters. Sanity is black, Tallulah is biracial (Latinx/white), Dr. Vega is a Latinx woman in charge of the whole science department, Sanity's father is a black man in charge of the whole space station, and her mom is part of the military in this world. There is another department head who is Asian. There are both gay and straight couples. And Tallulah's dad has a prosthetic leg. All of this diversity is refreshing and makes the story come alive even more. This is one of the best graphic novels I've read in a while. I couldn't put it down, and was so sad when it was over. Molly Brooks hit it out of the park with her debut novel, and I can't wait to see what else she has in her. Hopefully, it is more of Sanity & Tallulah!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elna

    I struggled whether to rate this three or four stars - I liked the art, the premise, and the plot (I've always wanted to live on a space station!), but it definitely wasn't perfect. I initially settled on four stars because I know the kids in my library will love it, and that's what matters, but while writing the review I talked myself down to three. (view spoiler)[Dr. Vega, at first, seems appropriately mad at Sanity for breaking literally all the rules to create her three-headed kitten, but the I struggled whether to rate this three or four stars - I liked the art, the premise, and the plot (I've always wanted to live on a space station!), but it definitely wasn't perfect. I initially settled on four stars because I know the kids in my library will love it, and that's what matters, but while writing the review I talked myself down to three. (view spoiler)[Dr. Vega, at first, seems appropriately mad at Sanity for breaking literally all the rules to create her three-headed kitten, but then this is forgotten. I understand that this is a middle-grade graphic novel and not everything is going to be realistic, but I really dislike plots where children do something dangerous and/or stupid and everything is forgiven because they're the main characters and/or sooo much smarter than everyone else. Yes, Tallulah was grounded and didn't get to go on the trip with her dad, but (and maybe understandably, since Dr. Vega became incredibly busy) after that it's not enforced at all. Sanity even has the gall to whine to her dad that she wants to keep the kitten after it escapes and it causes trouble and he placates her rather than letting her know her behavior is unacceptable! This is not necessarily a message to send to anybody. The trip that Tallulah's dad and brother go on is completely unnecessary to the plot. I guess if Molly Brooks ever makes a sequel (which is likely), she has some background to build on, but what did this trip add to the story? Was it really important that her brother and father were out of the picture and bonded together? And while Princess Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds, was not the one causing the damage and it would have been too cruel to kill her, it's incredible that the crew who brought the duct weasels faced, again, no consequences! They endangered the whole station and thousands of lives, and got away with a free pass and a giant three-headed kitten. (hide spoiler)]

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