2176: Birth of the Belt Republic, by Ted Butler (Blue Works, 2005)

Earthborn Gil Klanz is expelled from his school in the asteroid belt after a prank goes bad. Promptly finding work with a local freight company, he falls in with an underground independence movement, becomes a hero of the revolution, and saves the day more than once. Highly reminiscent of early Heinlein juveniles, this book (the first in a series) does have its weaknesses, but shows a lot of promise.

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