Today I am kicking off the Mission One of Auggie the Alien Tour. See why this delightful book has garnered all 5 star reviews on Amazon!
Publisher: CreateSpace (June 4, 2013)
Category/Genre: Light Sci-fi Humorous Middle Grade
Tour Date: November, 2013
Available in: Print & ebook, 145 Pages
This is the humorous story of a 4th grader, seen through the eyes of a human hybrid alien child, sent to Earth to study our culture – to see if they could coexist with the humans.
Auggie has to try and understand 4th graders slang, body language, and the unwritten protocols of the classroom; all in an attempt to blend in. He upsets his teacher, Mrs. Malumrector, who constantly thinks Auggie’s trying to get smart with her when getting stupid with her would be counterproductive. Not only does Mrs. Malumrector not get Auggie’s literal logic, nor do any of the other students in his class. That is except for Left Hand Chuck who thinks Auggie’s hysterical and helps him by teaching him how to use human slang.
But if Auggie truly wants to complete his mission of blending in with the other children he needs to cheer for both teams, except if they’re losing. He needs to learn not to wear the ‘P and the J’ with the feet conveniently attached to school because they’re for sleeping in only. That ironically enough, Grandpa isn’t going to faint from low blood pressure even though his eyes often tend to roll upwards whenever Auggie is speaking. ‘Pop-a-Squat’ isn’t a good name for a dog, even though he’s great at it. And under no circumstance is he to bring his pet to school even if his teacher has her own pet there, Emily, another student in his class who is neither a gerbil nor a fish.
Auggie lives in an alien world with his alien father and mother, from Earth. That makes him a human hybrid. Their alien world will soon be uninhabitable so it is time to study other planets to see where they might be able to move to. Earth seems like the most viable option.
Because Auggie is part human, he is chosen for the first mission to earth. He is told to blend in and not let anyone know of his mission. The hardest part seems to be learning slang. He also finds out that a meal on earth is not electricity but food. He is caught putting finger in an electrical socket. His teacher finds him practically unbearable.
This is such a warm and humorous story about one boy who has to learn to fit in against all odds. It really is a universal story about fitting in with other children that brought back some memories for me. I was always the last person picked on teams for sports, for instance. I found myself feeling sorry for some of the other children, not just Auggie, as they struggled to fit in and make friends. At the same time I laughed out loud at some of the things Auggie said and did. His struggle to pick up on slang was side splitting! Highly recommended!
I was offered an ebook copy for my honest review.
About Leah Spiegel & Megan Summers:
Although we moved down to North Carolina several years ago, we’re originally from the Pittsburgh area. (That’s why a lot of our characters either live in the Burgh or reference our hometown football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers.) And yes, we even have the Southern accents to show for it now. Although Megan’s is considerable thicker, Leah still can’t understand the locals.
We are known as ‘the sisters’ among our neighborhood; when actually we’re probably reallyknown as ‘the sisters with the Yorkies’. Our pups, Skippy Jon Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow, were given long names to compensate for their small size but not their large personalities.
If Leah’s not glued to her electronic devices, AKA her Kindle Fire and various laptops, you can find her training ‘the attack dogs’, running on the treadmill while conceiving the next great book idea with the Dave Matthews Band, Muse, Florence and the Machine, Lorde, The Lumineers, and Pink (just to name a few) blaring out of her earphones.
If Megan’s not glued to her electronic devices AKA her iPad and Nook Color, you can find her teaching fourth graders, swimming marathon style at the pool, or cuddling with ‘the attack dogs’ as she watches Duck Dynasty, Gold Rush, Scandal, Person of Interest, Morning Joe, etc.
Leah graduated from Edinboro University with a BA in Art Education. Megan received her teaching degree from Edinboro University and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Technology from Grand Canyon University.
This giveaway is for one print copy or ebook. Print copy is restricted to the U.S. and Canada only. U.S. and Canadian winners can choose either print or ebook. ebook is available for international winners. This giveaway ends on November 28, 2013, 12:00 am pst. Please use Rafflecopter to enter.
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