2008 Books #1: Have Space Suit - Will Travel, by Robert A. Heinlein
Plucky, brave, smart, earnest, well-adjusted, chivalrous Kip Russell sets out to get to the moon, and by golly, he gets there, if not exactly the way he'd intended! He rescues the chipper, sassy, tough, sweet Peewee, ten-year-old girl genius, then thinks his way out of a bunch of tight scrapes, and takes a trip out of the galaxy! This is the very essence of the wacky Heinleinian space adventure, rated G for young adults. It is not subtle, but it is fun.