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Fantasy, Humor, LOVELACE Nominee 2014-15, Middle Grade Readers, Read-Aloud Suggestions

ALIENS ON VACATION by Clete Smith…2014-15 LOVELACE nominee Division I

aliens on vacationAliens on Vacation is pure fun.  David (Scrub) is sent to his grandmother’s for the summer.  Never having met her, he is unsure what to expect–except that she’s crazy.  She owns the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast.  It doesn’t take David too long to realize that it is, in fact, an intergalactic Bed & Breakfast.

As David’s grandmother comes to depend on his help running the Inn, with all its unusual requirements, David begins to realize how much it means to him that his grandmother places such trust and responsibility in him.  He grows from being resentful and dismissive of his grandmother and her business to defending her at all cost–even his own public humiliation.

Aliens on Vacation is by turns sweet (although not too much so) and funny.  It’s a perfect read-aloud choice for middle elementary ages or as an independent reading choice.  Boys and girls alike will enjoy Scrub and his experiences with the extraterrestrial life forms at his grandmother’s vacation destination–particularly the camp-out excursion!

When looking for a Lovelace nominee to read this year, Aliens on Vacation will not disappoint.


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