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Spring 2017 Audio Book
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Producer: Hachette Audio
CD Price: $18.00

Cheers to James Patterson's young adult imprint, and the spunky adventures his writers turn out. Sci-Fi Junior High is one of them.

It stars Kelvin Klosmo, his annoying little sister Beulah, and his kooky scientist parents, aka the two smartest people on earth.

Mr. and Mrs. Klosmo have been called from earth to an intergalactic space station to solve a problem in the galaxy. This means Kelvin has to start a new school. As both the new kid, and only human, he has a lot to get used to.

He soon discovers that middle school is pretty much the same anywhere. Cafeteria food is always bad, aliens have bullies and geeks, too, and Brian Stem, whose brain grows and shrinks with his anxiety level, isn't all that different from Teddy Crumpets who eats the pencil sharpener shavings back on earth. Once he learns a few rules of thumb (like, don't throw a pie at your principal's eyestalk in a food fight; he or she might get mad and turn the gravity back on) he mostly gets along fine.

Kelvin's brilliant parents are charming goofballs (Professor Klosmo is known for cracking the galaxy's corniest jokes), his sister's a nightmare and the evil genius out to thwart them is a delicious dolt. Kelvin, saddled with the rumor that he's the universe's smartest kid, has his work cut out for him. He has to figure out what a wormhole is, for one thing (and it's not, as its name implies, a worm with a hole.) Throw in Lightyear, the family dog, and you've got The Jetsons with slapstick.

Narrator Nate Begle has a great command of the many intergalactic voices, capturing their diverse and recurring tics - such as Professor Klosmo's trademark "Har!"

Low-brow cosmic humor, a little science and short fast-paced chapters make for a stellar time at Sci-Fi Junior High.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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