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Summer on Earth

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Fiction, Science Fiction

summer on earth coverSummer on Earth by Peter Thompson
Recommended for: Grades 4  and up

Ralwil Turth is fearful when the control panel of his space pod lights up indicating sudden loss of power.  He navigates to the nearest planet capable of supporting life: Earth.  Eleven-year-old Grady is still dealing with the loss of his father on the summer day he meets a man sitting in the corn field wearing his Dad’s overalls and looking as scared as Grady feels.  Ralwil, “Will” to Grady and his family, is good at fixing things, so Ma lets him stay a bit.  Will becomes quite attached to his new family and bonds with Grady, all the while learning about this strange world.  Though his first priority should be to fix his power source, Will instead helps the family in their struggle to keep the farm. Though his intentions are good, Will’s  solution causes more trouble.  It endangers his return to his home planet as well as his very existence.  Is the bond between Will and Grady strong enough to overcome the shock of seeing who Will really is?
This story combines excitement, humor and heart-warming  moments.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade and up, Fiction, Science Fiction.
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