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Weird Kid



by
Greg van Eekhout

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Harper
ISBN
9780062970602
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ET meets Harriet the Spy in Greg van Eekhout’s stand-out middle grade adventure about a boy trying to find his place in the world—even though he’s an alien from a distant planet.

Strange things are happening in Cedar Creek View, Arizona: Sinkholes. An unidentified Hum. People behaving . . . oddly. No one knows the reason, but Jake thinks it might have something to do with him.

Jake is no ordinary twelve-year-old. He’s weird—alien weird. Up until now, Jake and his parents have been able to keep his real identity under wraps. This year, something’s changed. Jake’s having more and more trouble hiding the truth, and now Agnes Oakes has seen what he can do.

But instead of spilling his secret, Agnes wants to team up and figure out what’s really going on—and before they know it, Jake and Agnes are waist deep in a conspiracy that’s totally out of this world.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

208

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Science Fiction, Adventure

Topics

Extraterrestrial beings. Friendship. Shapeshifting. Humorous stories. Superheroes.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7–Jake, a sixth grader, navigates middle school and his seemingly uncontrollable shape-shifting. Jake is an alien who “fell to earth in a flaming blob of goo.” Now, that same goo is back, infiltrating his town and creating “imblobsters” out of the residents. It’s up to Jake, along with his savvy new best friend Agnes, to solve the mystery of the goo and get everything back to normal. This has all the makings of a great middle grade sci-fi novel: an evil scientist, mysterious goo, an alien preteen, and more than one butt joke. Graphic novel fans will relate to Jake and Agnes’s bond over their shared love of the comic Night Kite. Music also plays a large role in the story and Jake’s life. At its heart, this is a tale about accepting who you are, taking control of your talents and abilities, and fighting for what is right. The ending wraps up neatly but hints at the opportunity for a sequel. Jake’s (adoptive) parents are Dutch Indonesian, and Agnes is white. VERDICT The short page count, humor, and action make this a good choice for reluctant readers. A solid purchase for school and public libraries.–Katharine ­Gatcomb, Portsmouth P.L., NH

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-7–Jake, a sixth grader, navigates middle school and his seemingly uncontrollable shape-shifting. Jake is an alien who “fell to earth in a flaming blob of goo.” Now, that same goo is back, infiltrating his town and creating “imblobsters” out of the residents. It’s up to Jake, along with his savvy new best friend Agnes, to solve the mystery of the goo and get everything back to normal. This has all the makings of a great middle grade sci-fi novel: an evil scientist, mysterious goo, an alien preteen, and more than one butt joke. Graphic novel fans will relate to Jake and Agnes’s bond over their shared love of the comic Night Kite. Music also plays a large role in the story and Jake’s life. At its heart, this is a tale about accepting who you are, taking control of your talents and abilities, and fighting for what is right. The ending wraps up neatly but hints at the opportunity for a sequel. Jake’s (adoptive) parents are Dutch Indonesian, and Agnes is white. VERDICT The short page count, humor, and action make this a good choice for reluctant readers. A solid purchase for school and public libraries.–Katharine ­Gatcomb, Portsmouth P.L., NH

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