Aliens on Vacation
  • Aliens on Vacation
  • Aliens on Vacation

Aliens on Vacation

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by Clete Barrett Smith, Joshua Swanson
     
 

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Scrub isn’t happy about having to spend the summer with his hippie grandmother in “Middle of Nowhere,” Washington. When he arrives at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he’s not surprised by its 1960s-meets-Star Wars decor, but he is surprised by the weird-looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is a portal and his grandma is

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Scrub isn’t happy about having to spend the summer with his hippie grandmother in “Middle of Nowhere,” Washington. When he arrives at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he’s not surprised by its 1960s-meets-Star Wars decor, but he is surprised by the weird-looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is a portal and his grandma is the gate-keeper, allowing aliens to vacation on Earth. She desperately needs Scrub’s help with disguising the tourists as humans. As if that weren’t difficult enough, the town sheriff is already suspicious of Granny. One wrong move and Scrub could blow Grandma’s cover, forcing the B&B to shut down forever. And when it comes to aliens, every move seems very wrong....

Full of cosmic chaos and mind-bending mayhem, Scrub’s summer adventure will leave readers wanting to make a return trip.

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

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Dave, nicknamed Scrub, is sent from his home in Florida to spend the summer with his estranged grandmother who runs the Intergalactic Inn in Washington. His boring vacation turns quite interesting when he's enlisted to help care for the alien guests. Scrub is torn between helping his grandmother, outwitting a suspicious sheriff, and trying to fit in with the other teens in town. It's hard to find good, fresh middle school science fiction, and what makes Clete Barrett Smith's story (Hyperion, 2011) so endearing is his focus on the theme of tolerance, a timely subject with the new anti-bullying legislation. Tweens will easily relate to Scrub who longs for adult attention and wants to feel needed and fit in with his peers. Little bits of humor, such as the banter between Scrub and Amy, his summer crush, add interest. Joshua Swanson brings to life a host of characters, adding just the right accent and intonation to make all of them believable but not over-the-top.—Cynthia Grabke, Coakley Middle School, Norwood, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455801329
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Series:
Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged, 6 CDs, 6 hrs. 35 min.
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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