|Little green men at the Mercury Inn|
Author: Smith, Greg Leitich
Two boys race to get an undercover alien back to her mothership while dodging an oddball group of UFO-chasers, TV newspeople, and Florida retirees.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.30
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 167842
School Library Journal (00/05/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2014 Gr 3–6—Aidan helps his parents run the Mercury Inn, a remodeled 1950s hotel on Florida's Space Coast. The media begin to descend when an alleged UFO interrupts a rocket launch, and soon after Aidan meets his first alien, disguised as hotel guest Dru Tanaka. As Aidan struggles to keep Dru's secret, he begins to see connections between UFOs and a car crash he was in two years ago. Aidan's best friend Louis lost his leg in this accident, and the details of the crash may upset younger readers. Otherwise, the action is mild, the language simple and direct, and the text is interspersed with cartoon-style illustrations and satirical Twitterlike feeds. The quirky setting and diverse characters add originality. An accessible and whimsical read, this should have wide appeal.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.