My Teacher Is an Alien (My Teacher Is an Alien Series #1)

My Teacher Is an Alien (My Teacher Is an Alien Series #1)


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Could your teacher be an alien? Do your research with this bestselling, hilarious sci-fi favorite from the author who inspired Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series.

Sixth grade is just out of this world!

Susan Simmons can tell that her new substitute teacher is really weird. But she doesn’t know how weird until she catches him peeling off his face—and realizes that “Mr. Smith” is really an alien!

At first no one will believe her except Peter Thompson, the class brain. When Peter and Susan discover Mr. Smith’s horrible plans for their classmates, they know they have to act fast. Only they can get rid of their extraterrestrial visitor—and save the rest of the sixth grade class from a fate worse than math tests!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416903345
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: My Teacher Is an Alien Series , #1
Edition description: Repackage
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 97,184
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Bruce Coville has published more than one hundred books, which have sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster’s Ring. Bruce also founded Full Cast Audio, a company that creates recordings of the best in children’s and young adult literature. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Katherine.

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Untitled The door was unlocked. Trying not to make any noise, I turned the knob and pushed.

The door opened without a sound. I hesitated for just a moment, then stepped in.

I was standing in a hallway. To my left I saw an empty living room -- and I do mean empty. Except for curtains, there wasn't one bit of furniture or decoration in the room. The walls and floor were totally bare.

I flinched as another burst of horrible squawking and growling sounded above me.

Taking a deep breath, I began to tiptoe up the stairs. I was glad I was wearing sneakers.

About halfway up I stopped and thought, What am I doing? I should get out of here while I can!

You may not believe this, but the only reason I didn't turn back was that I thought Mr. Smith might really be in trouble. Even though I didn't like the man, I didn't want anything horrible to happen to him.

So I swallowed and took another step.

The noise stopped. Was everything over? Would Mr. Smith start down the stairs and find me standing here? I was just about to turn and run when another round of squawking and shrieking made it clear that whatever was happening was still going on.

I still wanted to run, but I was afraid to -- afraid that if I did, I might read in the paper the next day that something terrible had happened to Mr. Smith. Something I could have prevented. Of course, I was afraid to keep going, but I decided I didn't have any choice. I took another step and then another. I held on to the railing as if it was a life line. The knot in my stomach got tighter with every step I took.

When I got near the top, I lay down on my stomach. I had read somewhere that when you're peering around a corner, you're less likely to be seen if your head is low. So I kept my head as low as possible. If I could have pulled out one eye and just stuck it around the corner to take a peek, that would have been fine with me.

The hall was as empty as the living room: no pictures on the walls, no rug on the floor. Through an open door at the end of the hall I could see a small blue bathroom.

Closer to me, on the right, was another open door. The horrible sound seemed to be coming from there.

I decided low was the way to go. Still on my belly, I slithered down one side of the hall until I had reached the doorway.

I shivered. That noise was like a tiger running its claws down a blackboard; it felt like aluminum foil against my teeth. What could be making it?

When I finally got up the nerve to sneak a look around the bottom edge of the door, I saw Mr. Smith sitting at a little makeup table, looking in a mirror. Stacy was right. The man really was handsome. He had a long, lean face with a square jaw, a straight nose, and cheekbones to die for.

Only it was a fake. As I watched, Mr. Smith pressed his fingers against the bottom of his eyes. Suddenly he ran his fingertips to the sides of his head, grabbed his ears, and started peeling off his face!

I gasped. Fortunately, the horrible noises coming from the room drowned it out. I wanted to get up and run, but I was too terrified to move.

I started to shake instead. Whatever Mr. Smith was, I was pretty sure the face he was slowly uncovering wasn't anything that had been born on earth! As he stripped away the mask I could see that he had skin the color of limes. His enormous orange eyes slanted up and away from his nose like a pair of butterfly wings. A series of muscular looking ridges stretched from his eyes down to his lipless mouth.

Soon the handsome face of "Mr. Smith" was lying on the dressing table. The creature that had been hidden underneath it began to massage his face -- his real face. "Ahhh," he said. "What a relief!" He smiled at himself in the mirror, showing two rows of rounded purplish teeth.

I had noticed that the horrible noise was coming from a pair of flat pieces of plastic hanging on the wall. But it wasn't until Mr. Smith started "singing" along with the sound that I realized the plastic sheets were speakers. That hideous sound was music! Or at least what passed for music wherever my alien teacher had come from.

I was still trying to find the courage to start backing up when the alien turned down the music and flipped a switch on the table. The mirror began to shimmer. Suddenly the image of "Mr. Smith" was replaced by another alien face, this one just as horrible. Beyond the face I could see a big room, with other aliens bustling around. From the look of things, I figured this must be a spaceship.

The face in the mirror said something that sounded like "Ian rrzznyx iggn gnrr." The words were low and growly.

"Broxholm reporting," said Mr. Smith.

The face in the mirror made some growly noises.

"It is good to hear our mother tongue," said Mr. Smith -- or Broxholm -- or whatever his name was. "I cannot wait to return to the ship and have this language implant removed, so I can speak the true tongue, and not this barbaric garble."

Hey! I thought. Whose language are you calling barbaric?

But before I could get too angry, I heard something else -- something that sent a cold chill down my spine.

"The testing process is proceeding on schedule," said Broxholm. "Before long I will have selected the students I wish to bring back for study."

Bring back for study.

I couldn't believe my ears. My teacher was an alien! Even worse, he had come to earth to kidnap kids and take them into space!

Copyright © 1989 by Bruce Coville

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My Teacher Is An Alien (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good for all ages! his books are highly recomended
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh man had I forgotten about this book, I read it back in Elementary school and really liked it. All I remembered was a quote (which you see as my headline) and for the cover I remembered it had an alien and a window, there was also a bookworm and a bully and of course the ending I def remember as well. I couldn't find this anywhere and found it at my library. I started rereading it and it is a really good story. The suspense was also good including the pictures that go with the book. This is the story of how Susan with the help of Peter then Duncan and later the whole school finds out that their old teacher has been replaced by a new teacher by the name of Mr. Smith and later finds out that he is an Alien and that his plan is to select certain students to take back to his home planet.
adamjohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Susan and her friend Peter found out that their teacher, Mr Smith, is really an alien. They go spying in Broxholm's house. Broxholm is the name Susan heard when "Mr. Smith" was talking into the mirror, to an alien friend. Peter and Susan tell every one at school that Mr. Smith is an alien. Mr. Smith wants to take away five students! Peter and Susan have to do something, and fast!
tiger417 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i think this was a very interesting book.i would recomend i
RRHowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good reluctant reader early chapter book. Not my favorite Coville, but filled with his wacky humor. I'd rather have kids reading Coville than R.L. Stine any day.
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville Ready, Set, Play that Sousa march! Friends face dangers together! This is a wild, wacky book with aliens, bullies, danger . . . and piccolos? I listened to the well-read CD, but as suspense mounted, I switched to reading the book -- both versions wonderful, and the illustrations added nicely. I'm going to suggest this to friends with young readers, but I'll also read the series myself because good books know no age limit.
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What's the fate?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember my 4th grade teacher reading this series to the class. I remember it really left me thinking about our world and my place in it. I want my niece and nephew to experience that. Miss the old cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love his booka hjghly recamend for all ages 8-10 and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I still Cant belive Peter that Idiot
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Classic childhood favorite. Always remembered the cover but for some reason forgotten the title. And one quote I did remember was when Duncan complained and asked about Peter being a bookworm and why he read a lot. I don't know, I guess that quote stuck with me growing up. Years later, looked up the series again and finally read the other books. Series is actually really good.
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Thus is an amazing book
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I read this book and realy loved it alot ! it made me want to know"whats happaning". It needs an ending.:)
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Children of all ages love to hear stories about teachers' and then think if those things could actually happen/have happened to their own class teacher
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is really great and interesting. This is absolutely one of the best books ever! The only downside is that it didn't take too long to read. But besides that, it is still a great book and I recommend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think my teacher is an Alien is a really good book because it has lots of personality and expressions. When ever some of the charecters come into their Alien teachers house I get scared that there teacher is going to find them and take them to outer spac with him.Susan and Peter tryed to stop their teacher. did they or did they not?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Has good desriciption! The best book ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a good book.I like it because you can never put it down that's how good it is.I had to read it for my book report and i was like no i dont want 2 read it and then i read a page and loved it.I dont like science fiction with aliens but this i think was the haha.And folks thats about it bye.