aliens on vacation by clete barrett smith

What a fun read! This is another book on the Texas Bluebonnet list for 2012-13. My daughter, who has now read all 20 of them, said her vote will be between this one and Wonderstruck. That’s pretty high praise from a list of great books.

The story is about a boy whose parents are too busy for him. They ship him off to his grandmother’s house for the summer because they will both be traveling for work. He’s never met his grandma (his father’s mom), probably for good reason. She lives in a strange house that caters to even stranger clientele, “Tourists” from other galaxies.

Theology: there’s a Creator out there somewhere

The overarching theme of this book is to treat others the way you would want to be treated, despite their outward appearance. I’d say that’s pretty biblical. šŸ˜‰

I also liked that the author made reference to “the Creator” a couple of times in the book. Nice name dropping.

Rating: G

This book is good, clean fun. Chaste kissing, no sex or profanity. One or two short illusions to an adult theme but it probably went over my daughter’s head much like adult humor in some cartoons.

Social Issues:

The main character in the book, David aka “Scrub,” struggles a lot with fitting in. His grandma is the town freak, so by association he is a freak. He struggles to keep his grandma’s secret from his new friend and love-interest along with the rest of the town, especially the sheriff. He’s a great kid in heart and action, and that certainly shines through the pages.

I’m certainly looking forward to the next installment in the series!


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