The Fellowship for Alien Detection

The Fellowship for Alien Detection

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Author Kevin Emerson channels Frank Cottrell Boyce in this tween sci-fi adventure about two kids from opposite sides of the country who find themselves on a road trip to save the world from an impending alien attack.

Haley and Dodger have nothing in common. But that was before they learned about the strange, unexplainable phenomena in Juliette, Arizona. Before they both received summer research grants from a mysterious foundation and discovered their theories about extraterrestrial life were correct. Now Haley and Dodger do have something in common: they're the only ones who can figure out what's happening in towns across the country . . . and stop it.

The Fellowship for Alien Detection has it all: an inventive premise, fantastic voice, cinematic tone, and high appeal for both boys and girls.

Publisher: New York :, Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, ♭2013
ISBN: 9780062071859
Branch Call Number: J EME
Characteristics: 430 pages ;,22 cm

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JCLChrisK Jul 30, 2013

"That may be, but stopping them is a good deal more dangerous to us," said the Alto.
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Haley didn't like that thought, and yet she snapped right back at him. "Is that a reason not to do it?"
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And now the Alto smiled. "Of course not. Danger is always preferable."
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Until it's too dangerous, Haley thought to herself, her insides twisting. Are you sure you want to do this? The doubt demon had a good point. She'd gone from trying to uncover a possible alien conspiracy to trying to stop one.
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"What do you think?" she asked Dodger.
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He sighed. "I just wanted to get to Juliette . . . but, I mean, sure. I guess. We could save the world, too."

JCLChrisK Jul 30, 2013

It occurred to him now that maybe this was what an explorer's life was actually like: lonely, full of tough choices, danger, and now and then a talk with a fellow adventurer by moonlight, in some desolate place.

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JCLChrisK Jul 30, 2013

Haley and Dodger have each hesitantly applied for and accepted a two-week fellowship for the summer after their eighth grade years. They don't know each other or even know about each other. Haley has no interest in aliens, but she longs to be a journalist and followed a string of leads that led her to research disappearances, detailed research that won her the chance to do more during her fellowship. Dodger has always felt a bit like an alien, never fitting in with his peers or even with his parents. Now he has started hearing strange radio broadcasts in his head from a missing town named Juliette. The two teens start separate journeys from opposite sides of the country, but the clues will lead them to each other. They discover quite the conspiracy along the way.
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Well-written characters and a compelling mystery. This is a good adventure.

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