Kelly picked this up, not sure on whose recommendation. A handful of years from now a (very small) girl wants to join the Japanese space program. She has a lion-headed ghost, her mother is dead (of course, poor mothers: always too watchful to let their kids do dangerous things so they have to be removed from so many books!), her father is a distant tragic figure, and as you can imagine life is not very easy for her at school. I read the first three volumes one night and am going to get the rest (or at least what has been published so far) from the library. The action slowed down a bit in the third volume, I felt I could see the writer beginning to stretch out and relax, which is fine. But the first two volumes were tense and in places completely heartbreaking. There's an anime of it, too, which I might track down at some point. In the meantime I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.