Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci -ADVISABLE

Castellucci, Cecil First Day on Earth, 160 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2011 (NOV). $12.23. Language-PG13 (8 Swear: all body parts), Violence-G; Sexual Content-PG.
Mal knows that he was abducted by aliens a few years ago, but he doesn’t know how to deal with it. He already feels like an outcast, not attached to his life, and sometimes wishes he could go live on another planet anyway. When he meets Hooper in a support group for abductees, Mal wants to believe that there is even more to the world than meets the eye. When Hooper decides to take a journey to the stars, will Mal be able to go along for the ride? Just when he thinks life here on earth isn’t for him, will find some true friends and miss a real opportunity?
I really liked the theme of this book, regarding alien life -including the mystery of what really happened and what is happening. But there were also a variety of real life lessons for the main character to experience. Mal could be any teen, with a life that is far from perfect, thinking his is the only one. There are quite a few body part swear words, so that may factor into your own libraries collection process.
MS –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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