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Ambassador

By: William Alexander

Just before Gabe's parents are detained by the Department of Immigration, an otherworldly creature approaches Gabe about serving as Earth's ambassador to the galaxy.

ISBN: 9781442497641

JLG Release: Feb 2015


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language
Topics: Science fiction , Human-alien encounters , Illegal aliens , Mexican Americans , Ambassadors

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*

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Alexander combines a warmly realistic family tale with an intriguing science-fiction adventure. Eleven-year-old Gabriel Sandro Fuentes is the quiet middle child in a lively family; his parents are immigrants from Guadalajara, Mexico. Gabe’s calm and perceptive—but also adventurous—nature becomes invaluable when a shape-shifting cr Alexander combines a warmly realistic family tale with an intriguing science-fiction adventure. Eleven-year-old Gabriel Sandro Fuentes is the quiet middle child in a lively family; his parents are immigrants from Guadalajara, Mexico. Gabe’s calm and perceptive—but also adventurous—nature becomes invaluable when a shape-shifting creature called “the Envoy” appears in his room and informs him that it has appointed him Earth’s ambassador to “everyone else.” The Envoy uses the washing machine and other items from the basement to construct a device that enables Gabe to travel across space when he’s asleep. At the Embassy—which appears to be a playground—Gabe and the other ambassadors (who resemble human children until he squints) play games and discuss things like making airplanes out of leaves and hiding out on the moon. When Gabe wakes up back home, he discovers that his father is to be deported to Mexico the next day—and that one of the other ambassadors is trying to kill him. Alexander creates in Gabe a character who remains tremendously likable while exhibiting courage, diplomacy, and invention in trying to take care of his family, himself, and his planet all at once. It’s a meaty and entertaining novel with an open-ended conclusion offering lots of room for discussion. susan dove lempke

Book Details

ISBN

9781442497641

First Release

February 2015

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.1; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.3; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 690L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Margaret K. McElderry

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language

Topics

Science fiction, Human-alien encounters, Illegal aliens, Mexican Americans, Ambassadors,

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