Gr 4-7-When 12-year-old Nesta, who thinks her mother and father come from Boston, finds out that they are really from the planet Ormingat, she is horrified. Even worse, her parents must leave Earth in just a few days, which means that she must go, too, to a planet that she has never seen and into an alien body. If they are not on the spaceship by the deadline, they must stay on Earth forever, so Nesta runs away, gambling that her parents will not depart without her. Set in England, this independent sequel to Space Race (Delacorte, 2000) is science fiction, but it is first and foremost a complex and absorbing look at three people struggling with a difficult and highly secret situation. Nesta is masterfully drawn, full of resolve even when terrified. Her mother and father, who have a dilemma every bit as anguishing as hers, are fascinating people in their own right, as is the girl's friend Amy. Every moment is magical in this enthralling book about the meaning of home.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.