: Podkayne of Mars
Author: Robert Heinlein
The story’s a little odd. It’s simple at first — a Martian girl taking her first voyage to earth via a detour to Venus — but then in Venus we get into a political kidnapping and all sorts of nonsense, which is a bit silly and the action clashes with the non-action of 90% of the book. And we never get to see her actually get to earth, which makes the whole thing seem a bit pointless. But what makes the book work is the charm of the female narrator, young “Poddy” of Mars. She’s just amazing, hilarious, brilliant, witty, with wonderful ways of speaking (writing) that make the book, despite it’s early lack of action, a joy to read. Definitely a classic on that basis alone.