Aliens on Vacation

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David isn't happy about leaving Florida and his friends to summer with his crazy grandmother in "Middle-of-Nowhere," Washington. Arriving at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he isn't surprised by its the-60's-meets-Star-Wars d cor, but he is surprised by the weird-looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is an off-earth portal and his grandma the gate-keeper, allowing aliens to vacation on Earth. Grandma desperately needs David's help monitoring the visitors, shopping for cartloads of ...
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David isn't happy about leaving Florida and his friends to summer with his crazy grandmother in "Middle-of-Nowhere," Washington. Arriving at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he isn't surprised by its the-60's-meets-Star-Wars d cor, but he is surprised by the weird-looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is an off-earth portal and his grandma the gate-keeper, allowing aliens to vacation on Earth. Grandma desperately needs David's help monitoring the visitors, shopping for cartloads of aluminum-foil for dinner, and taking rambunctious alien kids, that glow-in-the-dark and look like trees, camping. The problem is, the town sheriff, already suspicious about Granny, is a scout leader camping in the same spot. Will David blow Granny's cover, forcing the B&B to shut down for good, or will the intergalactic police have to intervene?
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School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Instead of enjoying summer hanging out in the Florida sunshine, Scrub has been shipped clear out to Washington state to work at his grandmother's space-themed inn. He quickly realizes that the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast is not merely a clever name. Grandma's guests are actual aliens—from outer space—looking for a relaxing holiday on our quaint backwater planet. Grandma and Scrub try to provide appropriate Earth disguises for excursions, but it's tricky for tentacled, three-eyed, or 10-foot-tall travelers to pass through unobtrusively. The local townsfolk are leery of Grandma's New Age lifestyle and her unusual guests who don't speak English well and have odd customs and mannerisms. Scrub's new friend Amy seems particularly determined to solve the mystery of the inn's clientele—and, unfortunately, her dad is the town sheriff, who would relish an excuse to close Grandma down for good. When the growing suspicion boils over into mob action, it's up to Scrub to save his grandmother's secret—and her livelihood. This deceptively lighthearted tale includes plenty of chuckles. Scrub's chaotic campout with three rowdy juvenile aliens is especially funny. Each chapter is headed by an amusing illustration of a "Tourist"—often in Earth disguise. There is also a powerful message about tolerance and responsibility. The town's mounting prejudice and fear creates an atmosphere of conflict, and the final confrontation with the terrified crowd is genuinely tense. A good choice for young science fiction fans, with special appeal to middle-school boys.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Scrub is sent to live with his grandmother for the summer when his busy parents are, once again, too busy to stay home with him. He knows that his grandmother runs a bed and breakfast called The Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast and assumes that she named it that to capitalize on people's interest in Star Trek. But when Scrub starts to meet the guests, he confronts Grandma concerning their strange looks and characteristics, unique clothing styles, and unusual eating habits. Grandma admits to Scrub that her B & B is, indeed, a tourist spot for aliens wanting to experience Earth, and that lately she has been having a much more difficult time keeping their presence under the radar. Complicating this is Scrub's new friendship with Amy, the daughter of Sheriff Tate, a lawman who seems very suspicious of Grandma and her hospitality business. This is a fun book, the first in a series, and younger readers will certainly enjoy the variety of aliens and their unique requests. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Instead of enjoying summer hanging out in the Florida sunshine, Scrub has been shipped clear out to Washington state to work at his grandmother's space-themed inn. He quickly realizes that the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast is not merely a clever name. Grandma's guests are actual aliens—from outer space—looking for a relaxing holiday on our quaint backwater planet. Grandma and Scrub try to provide appropriate Earth disguises for excursions, but it's tricky for tentacled, three-eyed, or 10-foot-tall travelers to pass through unobtrusively. The local townsfolk are leery of Grandma's New Age lifestyle and her unusual guests who don't speak English well and have odd customs and mannerisms. Scrub's new friend Amy seems particularly determined to solve the mystery of the inn's clientele—and, unfortunately, her dad is the town sheriff, who would relish an excuse to close Grandma down for good. When the growing suspicion boils over into mob action, it's up to Scrub to save his grandmother's secret—and her livelihood. This deceptively lighthearted tale includes plenty of chuckles. Scrub's chaotic campout with three rowdy juvenile aliens is especially funny. Each chapter is headed by an amusing illustration of a "Tourist"—often in Earth disguise. There is also a powerful message about tolerance and responsibility. The town's mounting prejudice and fear creates an atmosphere of conflict, and the final confrontation with the terrified crowd is genuinely tense. A good choice for young science fiction fans, with special appeal to middle-school boys.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Summer with grandma: boring, right? David, aka Scrub, is dreading it. His too-busy parents have sent him to stay with his hippie-dippy grandma in a small town in Washington. Grandma runs the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, which caters to weirdoes who pretend they're from outer space. The obvious becomes unavoidable when Scrub witnesses one guest devouring aluminum foil while guzzling bleach and Scrub's closet door turns out to be a portal for all manner of tentacled, many-eyed, rubbery-skinned creatures. Grandma enlists Scrub to outfit the vacationing guests in earthly disguises, and he discovers he likes this new feeling of being trusted. But his head and tongue go wonky when curious neighbor Amy, daughter of the town sheriff (who wants to close the inn), starts poking around. Though the momentum takes a while to rev, the hi-jinks hit full gear when Scrub takes three puckish alien youngsters on a camping trip and they cross paths with the sheriff's scouting troop. The jig is up, and Scrub feels the weight of grandma's disappointment. What can he do to set things right? With goofy alien illustrations to kick start each chapter, this tale explores the confusion of impending teen-hood and the importance of a sense of purpose, plus how cool it would be to have friendly aliens living among us. Ideal for upper-elementary readers dabbling in sci-fi. (Science fiction. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423157236
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 115,246
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Clete Barrett Smith arrived on Earth as an infant and was raised among the native population. He participated in human rites of passage in the northwestern quadrant of the American landmass and later studied the planet’s literature and writing techniques at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He currently resides in Bellingham, Washington, with his earthling wife and two daughters.
For more information, visit his Web site, www.cletebarrettsmith.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Great

    Great book. Me ( a 10 year old ) thinks this is a adventurous, fun, and a creative book! I'm sur your 10 year old will love it!(:

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Aliens on Vacation

    I lov this book it is a fun summer book i reccommend this to start off your summer and for people 8-12 should read this book

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    Fun read!

    Aliens on Vacation is about a boy, Scrub, who has parents that basically ignore him. They both have to go on business trips during Scrubs summer vacation and decide to ship Scrub across the country to stay with his Grandmother who he's never met. His grandmother owns and operates the Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast. Scrub thinks it's a hangout for Trekkies and people that believe in aliens. He starts thinking things aren't really what they seem when he walks in first thing and reads, House Rules for a Successful Visit: 1. Leave nothing behind 2. Take nothing with you 3. Dress appropriately 4. Two arms, two legs, one head 5. No harming the natives He realizes maybe things aren't what they seem. Scrub stays very busy during the summer trying to help his grandmother with the "visitors" and keeping the town Sheriff from shutting the Bed and Breakfast down. Oh and too bad the Sheriff has a really cute daughter, just Scrubs age, who seems to be really nice. All in all Scrub has one heck of a summer, gets to know his grandmother and learns a lot about responsibility, all while having the best summer of his life. At least the most unusual one anyway. --- Great book for kids 10 to 13 or older. Very fun read.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Exceptional Story, enthralling for a YA!

    Clete Smith has proven to be a writer of extraordinary ability. His imaginative story keeps readers spellbound. And, even though this is for a young audience, adults will find it entertaining and fun. Here is an author who is able to weave a tale into a legend. We are all watching as his series unfolds into a many booked string. And, how lucky are we to have found him so early in his career!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    A QUIET AND FUN READ FOR CHILDREN 10-12,AND ADULTS! ALIENS ON VACATION BY CLETE BARRETT SMITH!

    ALIENS ON VACATION by Clete Barrett Smith is an interesting young adult fiction.It has a plot that is both interesting and easy to follow.The characters are interesting and intriguing.Scrub is sent to a grandmother he has never meet,while his parents are on a business trip for the summer.His parents ignored him,but he had his friends in Florida,so when he was sent to Washinton to stay the summer at her B&B.He learns that not onlyis his grandmother the gate-keeper,but each room of the B&B is a portal for Aliens.What happens is mayhem,chaos,adventure,and cosmic chaos.This is a fun read great for children the ages of 10-12 and some of us adults enjoyed it also.This book was received from the publisher and details can be found at Disney,Hyperion Books and My Book Addiction and More Reviews.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Aliens

    This book is hard to get into but once you get into it you feel like your right there int the book

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2011

    love it

    this book is a wonderful middleschool read.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Aliens on Vacation

    At some parts it bored me to death but at other parts it had great details and Clete Smith sunk me in

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!.

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!BIG HIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HUGE HIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Lanie Mulkana

    Super good book. Really imaginitive, but not too cheesey.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Awesome

    This book is awesome my teacher read it to me and my class in fourth grade!!!! It is a really good book i really loved it but i know we each have different oppions:(!! But if you are into mysteries and like sitting on the edge of your seat d gets in to trouble for reading instead of doing your chores or schoolwork this book is meant for you. Even if you dont like to read you should still get thid book;)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

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    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    FUN

    This is good for the summer

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Ha

    Bluebonet book so funny of a book.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    good book

    great good very nice wonderful magnificent

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    FUN TO READ

    this book is really cool i would love this to happen to me

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Cool book

    Who knew aliens could be so intristing even nonfiction

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

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    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Aliens on Vacation

    I am only 9 but still this book is wonderful for all ages best sunshine state battle book (for 2012-2013 period) yet! Finished it today! Ready for Aliens on a Rampage!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Luv this book

    Most amazing book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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