SPHDZ (Spaceheadz Series #1)by Jon Scieszka, Francesco Sedita (With), Shane Prigmore (Illustrator)
Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school. As if that wasn't hard enough, the kids he seems to have made friends with apparently aren't kids at all. They are aliens. Real aliens who have invaded our planet in the form of
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Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school. As if that wasn't hard enough, the kids he seems to have made friends with apparently aren't kids at all. They are aliens. Real aliens who have invaded our planet in the form of school children and a hamster. They have a mission to complete: to convince 3,140,001 kids to BE SPHDZ. But with a hamster as their leader, "kids" who talk like walking advertisements, and Michael K as their first convert, will the SPHDZ be able to keep their cover and pull off their assignment?
Read an Excerpt
Michael K. knew his first day in a new school in a new city was going to be weird. How could a first day at someplace in Brooklyn, New York, called P.S. 858 not be weird?
He just had no idea it could be this weird.
Michael K. had been in fifth grade for only twenty minutes, and already
1. Mrs. Halley had stuck him in the slow group with the two strange new kids,
2. the new girl had eaten half of his only pencil, and
3. the new boy had just told Michael K. that they were Spaceheadz from another planet.
“Uh, yeah,” said Michael K. “I just moved here too.”
The girl flexed an arm. “SMACKDOWN,” she said in a voice like a wrestling announcer.
“Very nice.” Michael K. nodded.
Sure, he was a new kid too. But these other new kids were seriously creeping him out. He did not want to get stuck with these losers on the first day of school. It could ruin his whole life.
The boy nodded back. “JUST DO IT.”
The girl drew on her Star Wars lunch box:
This was getting beyond weird.
“Michael K., I’M LOVING IT!” said the boy. “We need your help. You must become a SPHDZ. Save your world. I am Bob.”
“Jennifer,” said the girl in that deep, echoing voice.
Michael K. watched Jennifer crunch the last of his Dixon Ticonderoga No. 2.
How did this new kid Bob know his name? Michael K. hadn’t said it. What did he mean, “save your world”? Were they just messing with him? Yeah, that was it. They were just goofing around.
Michael K. decided he would goof right back . . . then move his seat as far away from them as possible.
“I get it,” said Michael K. “You are Spaceheadz from another planet. On a mission to Earth. Here to take over the world. Take me to your leader. Bzzt, bzzzt.”
“See! I told you, Jennifer!” said Bob. “Michael K. can do anything! He is like a rock. MMM, MMM GOOD.”
Jennifer burped up the eraser from Michael K.’s only pencil. She spit it out.
“SPHDZ—GET RRRREADY TO RRRRRUMBLE,” said Jennifer.
“Eeek eek,” said the class hamster.
Room 501-B went silent except for the sound of Mrs. Halley writing on the chalkboard.
The thought occurred to Michael K. that Bob and Jennifer were not joking.
The thought occurred to Michael K. that they really were Spaceheadz from another planet.
The thought exploded in Michael K.’s head that those thoughts were ridiculous.
Aliens don’t invade fifth-grade classrooms. They don’t look like fifth graders. And they don’t talk like commercials and pro wrestlers.
Bob and Jennifer were probably just from somewhere else. And kind of confused.
Meet the Author
Jon Scieszka is the creator of Trucktown, including the New York Times bestselling Smash, Crash!, and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of GuysRead.com, a literacy initiative for boys.
Francesco Sedita studied writing at the Gallatin School of New York University. While at Gallatin, he was a Writing Fellow for Saturday Night Live and upon graduation he wrote and directed a show that ran Off-Off-Broadway for 5 years. Miss Popularity is his first book, published by Scholastic in 2007. Francesco is the Creative Director at Scholastic. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Shane Prigmore is an accomplished professional in the animation, film, and illustration fields. Shane won an Annie Award for his design work on the stop motion feature Coraline. He has also contributed his numerous talents to such projects as: How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods, Rise of the Guardians, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Iron Giant...to name a few. Shane resides in Los Angeles.
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I belive that this is a very fun entertaining book. I love this awsome book
Fifth grade was never this bad, was it? First day in a new school and the two kids sitting next to Michael K. are either the weirdest kids ever or they are space aliens. (Well they must be from outer space because Dillard Picklebury from my fourth grade class was the weirdest kid ever. But I digress.) Bob and Jennifer let Michael know right away, that they are spaceheadz from another planet. Michael wishes he was on another planet or at least not assigned to sit next to these two loonies. Despite his best efforts, he is repeatedly drawn into their company. He eventually starts to see things from their perspective. He finds himself saving them not only from the dangers of the local crosswalk, but also from the ever vigilant, often incompetent, Agent Umber, of AAA, the Anti Alien Agency. This book is a lot fun. It is full of good humor and many references to current catch phrases and slogans from television that young readers will be familiar with. References throughout the book are given to current websites created for the book, that will enhance the reader's enjoyment. Great fun, with situations that will amuse middle schoolers.
I found the characters amusing, and the usage of commercials humorous, but the book is not exactly a "great novel". It's more of a quick brainless read for kids who enjoy spontaneous humor.
My nine year old son could have written a better novel. This book is absolutely one of the dumbest kids' books EVER. The storyline is a complete jumble. I read this to my son and he kept telling me how bored he was - and I agreed with him. We raced to get through the book to put ourselves out of misery. The only reason this book received 2 stars in my rating is because the format of the book was different and the illustrations were good. That's the only positive I could see with this book.