The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Gratuity (aka Tip) Tucci is a pretty-much-normal twelve-year-old girl with a pretty-much-normal life. That is, until her mom says that aliens are talking to her through a mole on her neck. No one believes her, until the aliens invade on Christmas Eve, which they rename Smekday in honor of Captain Smek. The aliens, called the Boov, declare Earth a colony and rename it Smekland. All of humanity is sent to live in Florida, transported there by rocketpod. Tip doesn’t get on a rocketpod though, preferring to drive to Florida in her mother’s dilapidated car instead. She forms an unlikely alliance with a Boov mechanic named J.Lo. Together with Tip’s cat they have a hilariously eventful road trip in Tip’s upgraded car, which is renamed Slushious and has a new feature – it hovers. Will Tip and J.Lo ever learn to get along? Will Tip be able to find her mom in the Happy Mouse Kingdom? Will their crazy plan to prevent another alien invasion work? Tip tells answers all these questions and more in The True Meaning of Smekday.
The True Meaning of Smekday is a classic road trip and coming-of-age story, and it is also a science fiction and satire novel. It includes many drawings, comic strips, and newspaper clippings to draw the attention of kids. It is a great introduction to sci fi for a kid in the second half of elementary school, a great choice for reading out loud to children, or for anyone who is young at heart and likes a good laugh!
Appropriate for ages 8-12 or grades 3-7
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Read an excerpt of the book here: http://www.smekday.com/excerptfromthetr.html
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