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Kandel, Michael.

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ISBN 10: 0312143877 / ISBN 13: 9780312143879
Published by St. Martin's., NY:, 1996
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Kandel along with a stamp of a panda. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 7298

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Publisher: St. Martin's., NY:

Publication Date: 1996

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition.

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Christopher Zimmerman sure looks like a normal ten-year-old (even if he is the shortest member of his class). He collects pebbles and has a dog named Buzz. He also tells his whole fifth-grade class at Lincoln Elementary about traveling into the past to see dinosaurs and trilobites. For Christopher - in spite of his ordinary looks - is actually the youngest child in a family of aliens... or are they mutants? (And really, does it matter which?)
When Mother hears of Christopher's boasting, she rules as she must: Christopher will be scooped out.
That's right - no more omicron for him, no more upsilon.
Christopher would rather die than be scooped out, so he enlists Gramps's help and flees on a journey through space, time, and other less recognizable things, and into a classic science fiction adventure.

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Formidably weird fantasy about the process of growing up, from an author perhaps best known for his resplendent translations of Stanislaw Lem. In western Pennsylvania live the Zimmerman family: Aliens, or mutants from the future, who possess strange powers and devices--they conceal themselves by controlling key figures in the community. But when ten-year-old Christopher starts boasting of his exploits at school, Mother decides that he must be scooped out- -permanently deprived of his magic/psi powers and turned into an ordinary straight-A student and model citizen . . . just like his brother, Brian. In desperation, Christopher flees to Gramps, who similarly is resisting being banished to a retirement home in Florida. Together, the pair go journeying through space, time, and probability--but Mother still pursues them with relentless fanaticism. There's one chance, Gramps thinks: His old friend and mentor, Panda Ray, will be able to help them, but Christopher will end up as an entirely different person. Still, having little choice, Christopher embarks on a further jaunt even odder than his first, with implacable Mother yet to face at the end of it all. Tirelessly inventive but amorphous, with humorous intentions that never quite break through into real amusement: impressive, yet difficult to approach. Rather like . . . yes, like Stanislaw Lem. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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