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Alien Expedition
     

Alien Expedition

by Pamela F. Service, Mike Gorman (Illustrator)
 

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In the third book in the series, young Alien Agent Zack Gaither is sent to Mongolia to liaise with his fellow agent Vraj, whom we met in Camp Alien. Vraj's people, the Tirgizians, are exploring the area for evidence of dinosaurs, whom the Tirgizians believe to be their long-lost ancestors. Enter the Kaipa Kapa Syndicate, a mixture of bad guys, including the Gnairts

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In the third book in the series, young Alien Agent Zack Gaither is sent to Mongolia to liaise with his fellow agent Vraj, whom we met in Camp Alien. Vraj's people, the Tirgizians, are exploring the area for evidence of dinosaurs, whom the Tirgizians believe to be their long-lost ancestors. Enter the Kaipa Kapa Syndicate, a mixture of bad guys, including the Gnairts who'd previously tried to kill Zack and Vraj. The syndicate kidnaps the Tirgizians, and with the help of two local Mongolian kids, Zack and Vraj manage to free them and avoid being discovered.

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Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
It's not easy being an Alien Agent: you have to meet your purple-skinned handler in secret, your co-workers resemble bossy velociraptors, and sometimes you even have to spend your summer break in Mongolia. In this third book in the "Alien Agent" series, young Zack Gaither is again paired with toothy Cadet Agent Vraj, this time to supervise an archeological dig by her species, the Tirgizians, who are hoping to prove Earth is their home planet. The routine mission becomes anything but, though, when the entire Tirgizian team goes missing and the Galactic Union receives a ransom note from the evil Kaipa Kapa Syndicate. Now, it is up to Vraj, Zack, and Zack's two new Mongolian friends to find the Tirgizians without blowing their covers� and showing Earth that we are not alone. Service deserves a great deal of credit for forgoing normal preteen haunts—"Aliens in the Cafeteria," "Aliens in the Mall"—and livening up this latest installment with a fresh cultural look at Mongolian food, religion, dress, and landscape. Readers will enjoy thoroughly unraveling a PG evil plot and defeating the none-too-bright henchmen perpetrating it, especially since the adventure is accompanied by stellar black-and-white illustrations from Gorman. This is an excellent book to read aloud to a class in parts, or to coax a struggling reader who is beyond picture books but may still need some pictorial aid. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—A search for kidnapped alien dinosaurs in a Mongolian mountain cave and laser gun battles against a crime syndicate of aliens provide readers with plenty of action and cliff-hangers. Zack Gaither is an Earth-based alien secret agent in training for the Galactic Union, a group that plans for peaceful contact with Earth in the future. Joining him on an expedition through parts of the Gobi Desert are two new friends, Jargul and Segi, and the "big, toothy sarcastic velociraptor dinosaur" cadet Vraj; her parents are among those kidnapped. The missing reptiles are Tirgizian scientists out to prove that Earth was their mother home millions of years ago. With Zack's ability to talk with desert animals, the four piece together clues. Using the victims as ransom, the kidnappers want to force the Galactic Union to relinquish its plans. Gorman's hilarious cartoon illustrations help keep the merriment rolling along. Fans of Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" series (HarperCollins) who also enjoy science fiction are apt to chuckle over Zack's hilarious escapades.—James K. Irwin, formerly at Salt Lake County Library Services, UT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822588702
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Alien Agent Series
Pages:
151
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Pamela F. Service is the director of a history museum in Eureka, California. She has authored more than 20 books in the science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction genres. Mike Gorman is a seasoned editorial illustrator whose work has been seen in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and other publications. He lives in Westbrook, Maine, with his wife, three children, two dogs, a cat, and a gecko.

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