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Alien Secrets
     

Alien Secrets

3.9 10
by Annette Curtis Klause, Curtis Annette Klause
 

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Puck, expelled from boarding school on Earth, is on her way to stay with her parents on the planet Shoon. On board the spaceship she befriends Hush, a native Shoowa who is also returning home in shame. He is desperately seeking a stolen treasure that was entrusted to him, a symbol of freedom for his people.

Puck and Hush must find the precious Soo before they reach

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Puck, expelled from boarding school on Earth, is on her way to stay with her parents on the planet Shoon. On board the spaceship she befriends Hush, a native Shoowa who is also returning home in shame. He is desperately seeking a stolen treasure that was entrusted to him, a symbol of freedom for his people.

Puck and Hush must find the precious Soo before they reach Shoon. But who can they trust? And how will they save their own skins as they hurtle through space on a ship haunted by terrifying ghosts?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This intergalactic murder mystery, according to PW, boasts ``exceptionally well-drawn and appealing'' main characters-a 13-year-old girl and her alien friend Hush. Ages 10-up. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Alien Secrets grew out of Klaus' love of science fiction and a desire for a strong, young female protagonist. Her heroine is twelve, and according to Klaus "much braver than I am." She tackles problems logically, trusts aliens and humans and is an excellent role model of tolerance and self esteem. Alien Secrets is an ALA Notable Book, SLJ Best Book and winner of the Sequoyah Award.
Sally Estes
In a decided departure from "The Silver Kiss" (1990), Klause offers middle-grade readers a dynamic 1990s variation on the best of the 1950s-early 1960s juvenile science fiction by Heinlein, Norton, Bova, et al. (She gives a nod to Heinlein by naming one of the spaceship cats in her story after Heinlein's protagonist in "Podkayne of Mars", which also features a resilient young heroine). Aboard a space freighter" en route to the planet where her scientist-parents are based, Robin (Puck) Goodfellow, almost 13 and just expelled from school, finds herself embroiled in a mystery involving an alien named Hush (for short), whom she befriends and helps; a cherished artifact that has been stolen from him; a brutal murder; an abundance of suspects; and the unhappy spirits of some of Hush's people, who died aboard the ship when it was a slaver. The characterizations of Puck and Hush and the portrayal of their growing friendship are irresistible; their attempt to locate the missing artifact while evading likely enemies is rousing; and the descriptions of alien beings and cultures as well as the extrapolation of hyperspace travel fit neatly into the narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440228516
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Annette Curtis Klause, a self-professed fan of horror, science fiction and fantasy, read her first vampire book when she was 14; it was Jane Gaskell's The Shining Narrow Grin. "I was enthralled," she says, and immediately began fantasizing about the book.

Klause, who is currently head of children's services at the Aspen Hill Community Library in Maryland, had been a member of a biweekly writing group, mostly writing picture books, when the group's "mentor" encouraged her to write a novel. While deciding on a subject, she "remembered the vampires," and after years of work, and six rejections, her highly acclaimed The Silver Kiss was published. Her second novel, Alien Secrets, features a main character whom Klause calls "a rather feisty individual," as well as "ghosts, a haunted ship, aliens and treasure." While writing this suspenseful science fiction adventure, Klause says "again, I thought 'What would I have liked as a kid?'"

Her third novel, Blood and Chocolate, was published in September 1997. It tells the story of the 16-year-old Vivian Gandillon, who is trying to fit in to her new home in the suburbs. But trying to act "normal" isn't always easy, since Vivian and her family are werewolves. When Vivian falls in love with a human, and a brutal murder threatens her pack's survival, Vivian's divided loyalties are strained. What is she really--human or beast?

Born in Bristol, England, Annette Curtis Klause now lives in Hyattsville, MD with two cats. Klause holds a B.A. in English literature and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her spare time, Klause collects science fiction, fantasy, and horror first editions, limited editions and chapbooks, and enjoys going to science fiction conventions.

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Alien Secrets 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm sorry but as much as i loved the silver kiss and freaks alive on the inside, i didn't bother with this one. yes i started reading it but after i was done, i don't know i wasn't much into scifi or maybe i was growing up and wanted to get into other harder books. from looking at the cover i so thought of katharine isabelle from ginger snaps. anyway this is the story of a girl meets with an alien while on a journey in finding her parents and gets involved in a mystery. read it if you like if you're into science fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you¿re looking for a high-tech, futuristic, alien war filled, totally awesome science-fiction¿then read something else, ¿Alien secrets¿ is possibly one of the worst science book ever written. ¿Alien Secrets¿ is a 'terrible' book where, where a twelve year old girl somehow defeats an evil alien, finds a stolen alien sacred artifact called the Soo, traps a secret agent in a closet, navigates through hyperspace, sets free dozens of ancient enslaved alien ghosts, and defeats an intergalactic thief, all in a period of days! Plus, the girl has anger management problems! I¿ve read and liked a lot of fictional books but this was just plain bad! The book ¿Alien Secrets¿ hard to follow when you¿re reading certain parts of it. One time was when Puck 'the twelve year old' Two of the spaceship¿s crew while looking for the Soo by climbing up a wall and luckily finding a secret passageway through some of the ship¿s vents. In three minutes she somehow wove her way through an intricate system of vents that just happened to lead directly too a crevice in the wall where the Soo is hidden. You can¿t even understand how she got there! Also, ¿Alien Secrets¿ is such a boring book that while reading it I was actually tempted to skip entire chapters at a time. In the very beginning, Puck somehow stumbled onto a fight for ten seconds without being seen, then just runs. After that the chapter ends and she¿s in a spaceport, at this point, I was ready to switch books. Another time when Puck is taking a tour of the spaceship, all the happens for almost five pages is they talk abut hyperspace navigation tools, talk about the hyperspace navigator¿s school, and then Puck and an alien teenager make fun of a fat mean lady behind her back. Another thing I didn¿t like about ¿Alien Secrets¿ is that up until the last ten pages or so where puck single-handedly defeats an evil, fat alien, saves the ship from blowing up, saves the ship again by navigating through hyperspace an instant before they run out of fuel, there¿s absolutely no action, and the stuff she did do wasn¿t that big of a deal because it all happened in one or two chapters! ¿Alien Secrets¿ is possibly the worst book I have ever read-aside from ¿The Little Engine that Could¿- and has convinced me never to read a book written by this author again. P.S. I would¿ve given it negative stars if I could.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this after reading my now fave books blood and chocolate and the silver kiss. this one we have a girl a spaceship and aliens. on the cover the girl looked or reminded me of katharine isabelle from ginger snaps awesome movie by the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it has to be the best book ever besides pendragon of course.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably now one of my favorite books ever!! It has a many twists and turns. Lots of adventure will also make it a great read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was in the third grade (I'm advanced in my reading) and am still reading it now, when I have just graduated from college. Alien Secrets has been my favorite book for a long time. The description of Puck and Hush's friendship, as well as the friendship Puck develops with Owen, the 'strange' hyperspace navigater are sweet and very real. You grow to love Puck as if she were your best friend, and when she discovers she can 'see' in hyperspace, you just want to cheer right along with her. The way she accepts Hush right from the beginning is tender and sweet, and proves that Puck is not the screw up that she thinks she is. And when Hush responds to her friendship, telling her that she is not a screw up, but has, in his words, 'much kindness', you just know these two will be friends for a long time. This book is tender and sweet, but also has humor, mystery and lots of action and excitement. I'd recemend it for any one of any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I recommend for anyone that enjoys fiction. It's full of action and makes you get into the story. I read very little but noticed that this book sucked me in. The books action consistant and thrilling. I enjoyed reading this book and encourage others to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For my 3rd book report in the fifth grade we were had to read science fiction books, which I usually have no interest in what so ever. So, I was at the book store when I saw Alien Secrets. I just kind of grabbed it thinking this will be boring and paid for it and left. But, much to my surprise in the middle of the book I began to like it, then I couldn't put it down. I was amazed that I was actually enjoying a book that wasn't realistic fiction, autobiography, or historical fiction. I would just like to thank Annette Curtis Klause for writing this tremendous book which has encouraged me to read new styles of writing. I would reccomend this book to anyone. An always reading girl, Allie age 11
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great!!! I loved the twisted plot, one of the best kids books out there
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a book that you couldn't put down and when it ended you wish it didn't.It is one of the best books I've read.