by Bev Smith
Middle Grade Science Fiction
You hate school. Your family is beyond annoying. Your only friend comes from a different planet, and she’s about to leave.
What’s a girl to do?
Fed up with life on Earth, Esme stows away on the spaceship taking Stella back to Planet Kratos.
So begins Esme’s adventure into a world beyond the stars. A world of strange creatures, thrilling journeys, heroic rescues and instant fame.
Oh, and school. Lots of school.
Along the way she discovers that friends may be greener on the other side, but they still can’t be trusted.
Millions and billions of light years away from Earth, she sets in motion a plan to escape. Unfortunately for her, they aren’t about to let their prize exhibit leave anytime soon…
With tons of imagination, spacey excitement and more down-to-Earth problems, this is an unique read on the journey of learning about oneself and those around you.
Esme is fed up with her family. Her parents and siblings are never supportive, or attentive or anything she thinks they should be. School holds its troubles too. When the teacher insists Esme show the strange new girl around, she's not thrilled until this girl begins to treat her like a real friend. The questions of real intentions, friendship, family and trust are explored and learned in a very unique setting and way.
The premise and setting of this book grabbed my attention right away—a girl who writes blog posts to her mother while heading off with an alien into space. The idea is unique in so many ways, and it works. Esme is a little negative on life and blames her family and school mates for her predicament. It takes her awhile to realize that she has a lot to be thankful for...then, when its almost gone...and learn about seeing herself and those around her with more reasonable eyes. It's a lovely exploration just right for the middle grade audience. Quirky, snarky and unsure—Esme is a character to connect with and feel for, even when she's a bit harsh and negative at times.
Each chapter introduces a blog post in which Esme writes to her mother. She not only explains different situations and experiences but lets her emotions run free. These posts, however, are smooth as a story and allow the adventures to happen and not feel explained. It's enjoyable to read and holds a quick enough pace to keep the reader in the pages.
And here she is...
Bev Smith has been a secondary school teacher, saleswoman, waitress, wages clerk, youth worker and holiday park entertainments manager. She has scuba dived the Barrier Reef, lived in a village in Namibia, worked for a charity in Thailand, flown over Victoria Falls and paddled in the sea at Bournemouth.
Having single-parented her three daughters, she’s been ferociously playing catch up with this writing lark. She recently completed a Masters in Writing for Children at Winchester University. #galaxygirl is her debut middle-grade book.
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