Roger Reid launched his new young adult mystery Space in a series of events in Huntsville, Alabama, home of the Marshall Space Flight Center that serves as the setting of this new mystery. The author’s alma mater, Davis Hills Middle School, gave the book a premier presentation on September 5, 2008. Roger also presented at the Davidson U. S. Space and Rocket Center and the Huntsville Public Library, and was a guest speaker at Astronomy Day at the Conrad Swanson Observatory.
In an interview with the Huntsville Times, Roger spoke about creating his novels, which combine scientific knowledge with exciting adventure. Said the Times, “Roger recalled that, when his son was in the sixth grade, he noticed there were not a lot of books for kids set out in the natural world. So he created a fictional world with a setting ‘you can go out and touch.'”
Space features teen science wiz Jason Caldwell, the hero of Roger’s highly successful debut novel Longleaf. When Jason accompanies his dad on their annual astronomy retreat, he thinks spending time with his obnoxious friend Stephen will be bad enough. But soon Jason is recruited to help determine which of a group of gathered scientists killed Stephen’s father, and he finds himself stalked by the enigmatic Man in a Red Flannel Shirt. Author Rodman Philbrick praises Space as “exciting, suspenseful, and informative,” and Charles Ghigna, aka Father Goose, calls Space “an out-of-this-world good read.”