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Story Stats

Rating: 4
Grade Level: 4, 5
Page count: 16
Categories: Aliens, Science Fiction



Appeared in

The Puffin Book of Stories for Ten-Year-Olds

Story Summary

When the Bradbury family arrives on Mars to prepare to pilot the first manned spaceship to other galaxies, Kevin can't figure out why their son, Barry, isn't afraid or even excited. When Kevin discovers that they are a family of androids, he feels betrayed. But by the time the Star Rider project is ready for liftoff he realizes what a good friend Barry has been and how much he will miss him.