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Imaginative seventh-grader Mike Pillsbury, a misfit youngster who daydreams of outer space and alien encounters, accidentally summons a motley crew of extraterrestrial visitors and finds himself caught in the middle of an intergalactic conflict that could have a profound impact on life on Earth.
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Kathy Mackel is a screenwriter and author of one previous novel. Her films include Can of Worms and Down Will Come Baby. Kathy coaches ASA Junior Olympic softball and writes and directs plays for the Living Word players. She lives north of Boston with her husband and two children.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-7Seventh-grader Mike Pillsbury may be a weird kid who doesnt fit in at school, a misfit in his family, and a disaster on the football teambut hes an alien somehow stuck here on Earth, so what does it matter? For years he has told his friends the story of his people, the Hanzels, and of their planets conquest by the evil snakelike Jongs. Then Katelyn, the girl he secretly likes, asks him to help design decorations for a Halloween dance. As they work on the project their friendship grows, but when the ultra-cool multimedia event is sabotaged, Mike flees in despair, rigs up an intergalactic plea for help, and sends out a distress signal that fries his parents satellite dishes. Soon, alien rescuers are turning up everywhere. Finally, Mike can leave Earthbut he realizes that Katelyn means too much to him and that he is starting to find a place for himself in junior high. When a Jong captures a neighbor kid, Mike and Katelyn scramble to save him, and Earth, from neutralization. This humorous, fast-paced science-fiction adventure is set in the real world of adolescent angst, bullies, and first love. Readers will wonder along with Mike what is reality and what is an active imaginationuntil the aliens start popping up. This imaginative romp will appeal to those who enjoyed Gail Gauthiers My Life among the Aliens (Putnam, 1996) and may just win some new sci-fi fans.Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0380976811