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The Fellowship for Alien Detection [NOOK Book]

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Author Kevin Emerson channels Frank Cottrell Boyce in this tween sci-fi adventure about two kids from opposite sides of the country who find themselves on a road trip to save the world from an impending alien attack.

Haley and Dodger have nothing in common. But that was before they learned about the strange, unexplainable phenomena in Juliette, Arizona. Before they both received summer research grants from a mysterious foundation and discovered their theories about ...

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Overview

Author Kevin Emerson channels Frank Cottrell Boyce in this tween sci-fi adventure about two kids from opposite sides of the country who find themselves on a road trip to save the world from an impending alien attack.

Haley and Dodger have nothing in common. But that was before they learned about the strange, unexplainable phenomena in Juliette, Arizona. Before they both received summer research grants from a mysterious foundation and discovered their theories about extraterrestrial life were correct. Now Haley and Dodger do have something in common: they're the only ones who can figure out what's happening in towns across the country . . . and stop it.

The Fellowship for Alien Detection has it all: an inventive premise, fantastic voice, cinematic tone, and high appeal for both boys and girls.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Haley's an eighth grader in Connecticut with a theory about the mysterious disappearances she discovers on the Internet. On the opposite coast, Dodger is a confused boy who gets radio messages from the past in his head. Both kids win an "alien detection" fellowship and travel with their families to conduct field research and do deeper investigation into extraterrestrials. When it turns out that their projects point to an actual alien invasion, the two finally meet and join forces. Intriguing brief interludes describe another girl who is trapped in an endlessly repeating day, which is also part of the aliens' secret scheme. Details of the aliens' malicious mission emerge carefully and sometimes subtly, drawing readers in. Dates and times are given at the beginning of each chapter, but the year is withheld, a clever touch as it lets readers realize that the repeated day sections actually take place in the past. The pacing slows at times, especially in Haley's opening section, which takes up the first third of the novel. The abrupt shift to Dodger's story stalls momentum for a bit, but the action accelerates as he discovers he has amazing powers and finally unites with Haley. There's more to both protagonists than their alien-hunter roles. Dodger feels like an outcast from his family and Haley has ambitious career goals. However, ultimately neither one resonates as a truly memorable figure, and the supporting characters are generally two-dimensional. Still, the premise is engaging, and final revelations about the invasion are mostly satisfying and surprising.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR
Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
Haley is a budding journalist and at the end of eighth grade her story about the mysterious disappearance of Suza Raines gains her an internship, not with New York Daily Times as she hoped, but with F.A.D., Fellowship for Alien Detection. Determined to make the most out of this and secure her status as journalist extraordinaire, she convinces her parents to take a road trip so she can conduct interviews and research for her paper. She conveniently neglects to mention the many missing people, the weird sixteen minute time loss, and the danger associated with such an assignment. Dodger, the other F.A.D. winner from Seattle sets out on a similar trip with his dad. The aliens, headed by Number One and Number Two, are in hot pursuit to keep the children from destroying their cover. The story starts slowly and wanders a bit with Haley's plot and her many inner monologues. However, once Dodger is introduced things pick up and the plot thickens. The action is nonstop from that point on. Readers who loved the "X-Files" and conspiracy theories will eat this up with gusto. Even for science fiction novices, there is plenty of humor, mystery and adventure to engage them. Reviewer: Mary Thompson
Kirkus Reviews
Two middle schoolers might be Earth's only defense against an alien takeover. Haley, a slightly neurotic overachiever, wants a summer of adventure that will look good on her college applications. Dodger, a misfit who hears a phantom radio station in his head, hopes to finally find a place where he belongs. Haley and Dodger are brought together when they each receive a grant to study extraterrestrial activity. Their research could give them both what they desperately desire, but only if they can avoid being abducted. Assisted by the mysterious Alto, whose memory seems spotty at best, the two young investigators find themselves at the center of a global conspiracy. Unless the three unlikely heroes can figure out how to thwart the alien threat, Earth is scheduled to be turned into a zoo with mankind as its primary exhibit. Despite the looming takeover, Haley and Dodger face universal questions: Where did I come from? Where am I going? And are pancakes the perfect fuel for adventurers? Quirky characters and an intriguing mystery elevate this story above many other alien encounters. Overwritten inner monologues and a plot that sometimes meanders for no discernible reasons make pacing an issue. Alien surprise with a side of early-teen angst makes for a decent read. (Science fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062071873
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,329,266
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin Emerson

Kevin Emerson is the author of eleven books, including The Lost Code and The Dark Shore, books 1 and 2 of the Atlanteans series. Kevin is a singer, drummer, and guitarist and has played in bands since high school, none of which need to be named here, but all of which seemed like a good idea at the time. He has toured across the country and in Europe and the UK and now lives in Seattle, one of the best music cities in the world.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    The Fellowship for Alien Detection is a suspenseful, fast-paced,

    The Fellowship for Alien Detection is a suspenseful, fast-paced, mysterious, alien adventure! The first sci-fi that I have ever read that is based in the present and highly believable.  If you are not a believer, Haley and Dodger will definitely make you into one!!!

    The story starts with Haley trying to figure out a way to keep the majority of her fellowship a secret from her family. If they knew half the things that were going on, they would not let Haley go on with her investigation. And Haley is determined to follow through; she wants all the credit she can get to build her resume, her dream is to become a newspaper reporter. 
    So far, Haley has figured out that there has been a pattern of missing time coinciding with missing persons. Every time a Missing Time Field goes off, everyone within a 16 mile radius experiences a loss of 16 minutes and then 'wakes up' disorientated, confused and with similar stories of what they experienced and saw. 
    The closer Haley gets to putting the pieces together, the closer she gets to finding out why the aliens are here and what they have been doing. 

    Dodger lives 3,000 miles away from Haley. He's also won a fellowship. But Dodger's reason's for applying for the fellowship and investigating the possibility of aliens is quite the opposite of Haley's:
    Dodger has been receiving a radio frequency through his head from a town called Juliette; a town that does not exist on any current map, a town that no one has ever heard of. 
    Dodger knows that he's always been different from other kids and has never felt like he's ever fitted in anywhere, not even home with his parents. He is determined to find out why - why can he hear this radio station in his head? Why is he so different from everyone else? Why does his father always glook at him like something is not right? 

    When Haley makes a new discovery, the fellowship tells her she must go home, she's in danger now. But Haley insists on going forward and getting to the bottom of things. The Alto is sent to help her - he works for the fellowship and knows about the aliens, how they work and what they are capable of. But, how does he know so much about them? 

    Soon after, Haley and the Alto catch up with Dodger -  and things start to really pick up! Discoveries are made!!! Many!!! You will not be disappointed!

    What really stood out to me the most is even though both Haley and Dodger had some frustrations with their families, in the end, family is what matters the most. Sacrificing and keeping them safe was their top priority. 

    Kevin Emerson's writing is so kid friendly, interactive and picturesque - which makes up for the length of this book. Seriously, do not be intimidated by 428 pages! The book is hard to put down once you get started and it just flies by! I highly recommend this book to all sci-fi and E.T. fans! And even those who aren't - it is a great book to introduce those who have always been interested but wary of the sci-fi genre. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    Something weird is going on¿ People all over the country are hav

    Something weird is going on… People all over the country are having dreams that aliens are coming down to Earth. In fact, it gets weirder. Some people, and the entire town of Juliette, Arizona are missing. Kid investigator, Haley, gets a “Fellowship for Alien Detection” from a super secret organization that wants to prove that aliens exist. Haley and her family go around the country to try to research “Missing Time” reports in the US and France. Another kid investigator and Fellowship winner, Dodger, is going to research Juliette. When Haley finds out the alien’s Missing Time pattern, She actually takes place in a missing time event – but instead of freezing in time, she kept moving. That’s where “the Alto” comes in. He’s like a secret agent. He put a device on Haley that made the Missing Time not effect her. They escape from the aliens and leave. Dodger is in Roswell when the aliens create a Missing Time event and Haley and the Alto arrive just in time to give Dodger one of those devices. Then they travel to the place where Juliette was – in a flying saucer. They then get inside the time loop around Juliette and want to save the people of the town, but the aliens are there and now the three investigators are the ones the aliens want to abduct!

    This book rocked! Hailey and Dodger were awesome main characters. They were very modern kids that I think I’d be friends with (if they were real ;) ). I loved the plot of the story – alien abductions and trying to find proof of aliens. Maybe it is because we just visited Roswell NM this fall, but I was totally into the storyline! Mr. Emerson wrote a great action story for kids. It is full of excitement and kept me turning the pages. I recommend this book to kids 9+
    **NOTE The publisher sent me this book in exchange for an honest review

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    Posted May 11, 2014

    Leaders den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Greay Great book

    Loved it gave me lots of questions was aa great book

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