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How do you pee in space? / by Nancy Krulik ; illustrated by Aaron Blecha.
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New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2014]

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119 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
In order to win an interview with an astronaut and a trip to space camp, George competes in a physical fitness contest, but in his determination to win, he misses how much this prize means to his friend, Alex.
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A real-life astronaut is coming to Edith B. Sugarman Elementary School, and one lucky kid gets to interview him! Not only that, a trip to a space adventurer program is also up for grabs. To win the contest, students must complete a physical fitness challenge and come up with three interesting questions to ask the astronaut. As always, George intends to beat his rival, Louie. But when the competition heats up, George is too distracted to notice how much the prize means to his best friend, Alex. For George, winning may not be everything this time around.

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Author Nancy Krulik graduated from Temple University. Before becoming a free-lance author, she was the editor of Scholastic's Hot Dog and Thrills and Chills magazines. She has written over 200 books for children and young adults including biographies of Hollywood's hottest young stars and teen and preteen advice books. She is best known for writing the Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series and the How I Survived Middle School series.

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"Remember, class, we're not the only school visiting the planetarium today, so I expect you to be on your best field-trip behavior," Mrs. Kelly said as she led the Edith B. Sugarman fourth-graders into the Beaver Brook Planetarium. "Your very best field-trip behavior," she added, looking straight at George Brown. George frowned. Teachers always looked at him when they said stuff like that. He sat down at the end of the row and stared up at the round ceiling. Mrs. Kelly had nothing to worry about with him. He wasn't going to cause any trouble during the field trip. At least he was going to try not to cause any trouble. Just then, the lights went down. Bright stars twinkled overhead. A recording of a man's deep, booming voice came over a loudspeaker. "The stars in our night sky have been burning for centuries," he said. "The same stars we see now were viewed by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt and the philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome. Those people long ago noticed that the stars were grouped together in shapes, which we call constellations." George frowned and squirmed around in his seat. Bo-ring . "These stars form the Big Dipper," the voice continued, as lines connecting some stars appeared on the ceiling of the planetarium. "And these form the Little Dipper." George wiggled around in his seat some more. Was this ever going to get more interesting? "And these stars . . ." The man on the loudspeaker was saying something else, but George wasn't paying attention. He couldn't. Not while there was something much more exciting going on--right inside his belly. Bing-bong. Ping-pong . There were bubbles in there! Not just your usual, run-of-the-mill kind of bubbles. Strong, powerful bubbles. Bubbles that slam-danced against George's spleen and kickboxed with his kidneys. Bubbles that hip-hopped on his heart and leaped to his larynx. Bubbles that could burst out of him and . . . Just then, George let out a powerful burp. A super burp. A burp so loud, and so strong, it could knock the Big Dipper right out of the sky. Alex looked over at George. "Dude, no!" he shouted. Dude, yes! The magical super burp had escaped. And now, whatever the burp wanted to do, George had to do. "This constellation is Draco," the recorded voice said. "The dragon." "ROAR!" Suddenly the burp made George roar like a fire-breathing dragon. "ROAR!" A few of the kids in the planetarium laughed. None of the teachers did. "And this is Lepus, the hare," the recorded voice continued. That was all the burp had to hear. The next thing George knew, he had leaped out of his seat and was hippity-hoppitying around the planetarium. "George, sit down!" Mrs. Kelly scolded. George wanted to sit down. But George wasn't in charge now. The burp was. "And this is Pisces, the fish," the recorded voice continued. Uh-oh! Suddenly the magical super burp made George's whole body start flipping and flopping, like a fish out of water. George sucked in his cheeks and made a fish face. Then he leaped over the seats and planted a big, wet fish kiss right on Louie's cheek! "Yuck!" Louie shouted. He wiped George's spit from his face. "Get off of me!" Yuck was right. The last thing George ever wanted to do was kiss Louie Farley. Stupid super burp. It was going crazy. George was helpless to stop it. Excerpted from How Do You Pee in Space? by Nancy Krulik All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.