Joss is a sassy heroine with an absent mother, a mystery surrounding paternity and an attitude. But Joss is living in the future, and her best friend is an alien called Mavkel. As a pair they study time travel at the University of Australia, but there are a number of unexpected complications.
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Alison Goodman was born in Australia and after a bit of wandering, now lives in her beloved hometown, Melbourne. She was the 1999 D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a master of arts, and teaches creative writing at the postgraduate level.From School Library Journal:
Grade 8 Up-This highly entertaining Australian novel is an unusual mixture of genres: time travel, comedic mystery thriller, and realistic portrayal of familial and alien relationships. Surprisingly, it works extremely well entirely due to the fact that the main character is so perfectly drawn. Joss Aaronson, 18, is an independent, spirited, and feisty young woman with a sarcastic mouth. She rarely sees her mother, a famous newscaster. Joss was conceived via a gene donor: "Straight from the petri dish to you." She's been expelled from several boarding schools and is close to expulsion from a prestigious university program in time-travel studies. For the first time, an alien from another planet has been admitted, and Joss is his study partner and roommate. A wicked harmonica player, she is intrigued that Mavkel's species communicates by harmonizing through song. His twin has died and he will, too, if he doesn't find someone with whom to join minds. He chooses Joss, although to help him, she needs to find out who her father was. Thus, the partners embark on a dangerous, illegal journey back in time. The plot and characterizations are well done; the book has lots of action, witty dialogue, and pop-culture references, and sensitively portrays complicated relationships between a mother and daughter, and members of different cultures. This book is more inventive than Mary Logue's Dancing with an Alien (HarperCollins, 2000) and, unlike M. T. Anderson's Feed (Candlewick, 2002), the tone of the made-up language is meant to be funny. While easy to decipher, the language is a bit crude. This intriguing and exciting read has lots of teen appeal.
Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS, Pymble, Sydney, NSW, 1998. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. since an alien selected her to be his time travelling partner, Joss has met an assassin, in front of an anti-alien lobby and had her freewheeling lifestyle nipped in the bud by the high security which surrounds the 1st Chorian to study on earth! Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. , 200 pages in illustrated softcover binding, with a short increase as the bottom right hand corner of the front panel, and age toning of the page edges. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy; Girls - Juvenile fiction.; Time travel - Juvenile fiction.; Children. ISBN: 0732259673. ISBN/EAN: 9780732259679. Inventory No: 0253240. Post will be reduced to $7.80 for posting inside Australia, at the time of processing the order. Bookseller Inventory # 0253240