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Author: Peter Nelson

Illustrator: Rohitash Rao

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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: With the help of some updated video space suits, Herbert and Alex find themselves 100 years in the future. They quickly learn that aliens, the G’daliens, have taken over their town. Humans and G’daliens seem to coexist peacefully — except for GOR-DON, the janitor at the museum where the boys landed. What tricks does GOR-DON have up his slimy tentacles? Can the boys save their town and themselves? How can T-Ball have changed so much in 100 years? This is a novel with aliens, video games, and time travel, told in verse and cartoons.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, remedial reader, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Reading Level: 4

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: I thought this book was Okay. It had a good concept, but was very wordy, and kind of lost my attention. That said, it would be great for reluctant readers, because it has lots of cartoons.

Pros: This book was funny. It was very current and trendy, with elements of science-fiction and friendship. This story is fast-paced and very up to date technologically.

Cons: The biggest con is that this book should have been about half as long. Everything is described in too much detail. Also, the cartoon artwork didn’t seem right to me — not “cartoony” enough.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Personally, I would skip this book, but I think both of my boys (ages 10 and 13) would read it and say it was a good book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney A COUPLE OF BOYS HAVE THE BEST WEEK EVER   CRIME THROUGH TIME: NABBED! The 1925 Journal of G. Codd Fitzmorgan   THE SECRET OF THE SACRED SCARAB

Educational Themes: I think this book is for enjoyment only — no educational value, but a fun read.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, humor, graphic novel, middle grade, time travel, science fiction

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2010

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