Thursday, March 15, 2012

You'll Like it Here (Everybody Does)

by Ruth White

I'm sure you've heard the stories.  About aliens living among us, just like normal people.  Meggie Blue and her family are the perfect example.  Of aliens that is, not normal people.  Forced to escape Earth when they are found out by their neighbors, they land on a planet eerily similarity to the Earth they just left.  In fact it is Earth, but a different Earth.  An Earth divided by war. An Earth in a different time.  In Fashion City, the place where they land, everything is regimented.  Everything they need is taken care of by the Fathers.  Everyone tells them how lucky they are to be there, but maybe they aren't lucky after all.  Maybe they've landed in place worse than where they've ever been before. 

White has created a fun story for kids about aliens, but one which also addresses the issues of social control and identity.  The book is well written, with fun characters, and melds the fantastic with normality.  It's a good novel for kids who like fantasy or those who like more dystopian novels but are not old enough for the heavier ones.

Genre: Science Fiction
Age Level: 5th Grade

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