2009 has been designated The International Year of Astronomy by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO. You can read all about it here.
This got me to remembering the very first YA novel I ever loved, A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle.
Published in 1962, this science-fiction masterpiece tells the story of Meg and Charles Wallace Murry who travel with their friend Calvin through a wormhole in order to find their missing physicist father. It is truly an intriguing story, and one that is difficult to put down. For those who have not read it, I strongly recommend it. It is the first in a series of Time Quartet novels by L'Engle. The rest are A Wind in the Door, Many Waters, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
Read it on a cold winter's night when you don't have a ton of homework. You're sure to love it.