Monday, March 11, 2013
The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson
It's middle grade Monday, and I'm reviewing Kevin Emerson's latest novel, The Fellowship for Alien Detection.
We have three main characters. The first is Suza, a teenager trapped in a time bubble, desperate to escape. Then there is Haley, a super smart girl who connects the missing of Suza to a possible alien threat. Last we have Dodger, a boy who think that the whole town of Juliette is missing because he can hear their radio broadcasts in his head.
Haley and Dodger both win the Fellowship for Alien Detection award and are given a scholarship to investigate their theories. They start out in different parts of the United States, following clues that appear to indicate an alien conspiracy, and draw them both in the same direction.
But, the possible aliens are tricky, and possess the ability to freeze time and teleport. They are hunting both Haley and Dodger, and won't give up. It is up to our two main heroes to find the town of Juliette, free Suza and defeat the aliens.
This book is a load of fun. I like how the author takes turns going from each of the characters points of views. We are able to see the mystery of the aliens evolve from different clues and aspects that lead up to a whole picture. Our teenage heroes are both well developed and spunky characters. The reader really gets a sense of who they are as people, and becomes invested in their choices, especially Dodger's.
One thing I did find odd was the use of the parent's first names. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but mom and dad roll off my tongue more easily than a first name.I enjoyed the fact that both sets of parents were active and involved in their children's lives. I especially like the developing story between Dodger and his dad. It's a nice change from absentee or naive parents.
I think kids will get a kick out of this adventure, and recommend it for ages 8 and up.