Alienated by Andrew Auseon and David O. Russel (Simon & Schuster, 2009)

March 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

Eighth-graders Vince and Jean are writers for The Globe, a newsletter, that uncovers the clandestine lives of aliens posing as humans that are invading their school and home city of Santa Rosa, California.  In the midst of this intergalactic battle, Vince and Jean also face the challenges that arise in their friendship, such as jealousy over Lucy, a girl whom they both have a crush on, and selling out for popularity.  These realistic issues are counterbalanced by the comedic elements of surviving in a milieu inhabited by a flame erupting teacher, lizard henchmen, and an alien nicknamed, Crumble Bun, at whose touch everything is pulverized.  Although this text lacks depth, readers will appreciate it being fast paced and humorous.  Grades 5-9

J Fiction,Additional—KAG (Chappaqua)

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