Stuck on Earth /

by Klass, David.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010Edition: 1st ed.Description: 227 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780374399511 :; 0374399514.Title notes: $16.99 5/28/2010 (hm)Subject(s): Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction | Bullying and bullies -- Fiction | Fourteen-year-old boys -- Fiction | Teenage boys -- Fiction | Science fiction | Extraterrestrial beings -- Juvenile fiction | Bullying -- Juvenile fiction | Science fiction | Chapter booksOnline resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description Summary: On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen-year-old boy.
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<p>Ketchvar III's mission is simple: travel to Planet Earth, inhabit the body of an average teenager, and determine if the human race should be annihilated. And so Ketchvar--who, to human eyes, looks just like a common snail--crawls into the brain of one Tom Filber and attempts to do his analysis. At first glance, Tom appears to be the perfect specimen--fourteen years old, good health, above average intelligence. But it soon becomes apparent that Tom Filber may be a little too average--gawky, awkward, and utterly abhorred by his peers. An alien within an alien's skin, Ketchvar quickly finds himself wrapped up in the daily drama of teenage life--infuriating family members, raging bullies, and undeniably beautiful next-door neighbors. And the more entangled Ketchvar becomes, the harder it is to answer the question he was sent to Earth to resolve: Should the Sandovinians release the Gagnerian Death Ray and erase the human species for good? Or is it possible that Homo sapiens really are worth saving?</p> <p>Wickedly wry and hysterically skewed, David Klass's take on teen life on our fabulously flawed Planet Earth is an engrossing look at true friends, truer enemies, and awkward alien first kisses.<br> Stuck on Earth is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.</p>

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On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen-year-old boy.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">1 We are skimming over the New Jersey countryside in full search mode, hunting a fourteen-year-old. Our shields are up, and no humans can possibly spot us, even with the aid of their primitive "radar" and "sonar" technologies. Earth's lone moon is in the sky above us. This is indeed a pretty planet. I can see why the Lugonians, whose sun is about to supernova, covet it. Beneath us are dwelling places known as "houses" separated by expanses of unused space termed "lawns" that convey status on property owners by showing how much land they can afford to waste. A target subject has just been identified! The circumstances are favorable for an extraction--he is sitting alone eating a "snack"--an unnecessary meal that is known to be unhealthy and is consumed at odd hours. It falls under the category of addictive behavior that most Homo sapiens find impossible to resist. Cellular spectroscopy is positive. This specimen is Caucasian, fourteen years old, and in good health. Weak areas appear to be the teeth, where a metallic correction device known as "braces" has been fastened, and the eyes, where ocular aids called "glasses" have been appended with the help of two plastic rods hooked around the ears. Brain scans show an above average human intelligence quotient, with particularly high cognitive and imaginative ability. A probe of long-term memory reveals that the specimen is named Tom Filber, he lives with his parents in a small house on Beech Avenue, and he has a sister named Sally with whom he is in a constant state of conflict that sometimes escalates into violence. All systems are go! The Preceptor Supervisor has just approved the extraction. I, Ketchvar III, prepare myself to inhabit the body and mind of an infinitely lower life-form. I remind myself that my mission is vitally necessary--we must decide soon if the human species should be preserved or wiped out. We drop low in our ship till we are hovering above the chimney of 330 Beech Avenue. We have just established direct visual surveillance of the specimen. He is sitting on his front porch, devouring large flakes of dehydrated potato, drained of all nutritional value and flavored with artificial taste stimulants. Every now and then he apparently finds a flake not to his liking, spits it to the floor, and crushes it under the heel of his boot. Our Mission Engineer readies the paralysis ray. We all turn toward our Preceptor Supervisor, who gives the go-ahead. The ray is turned on. Specimen Filber freezes in midchew. Sensors show a wild spike in his adrenaline and a rapid acceleration of his heartbeat--he knows something is happening to him, but he cannot make a sound or move a muscle. Antigravity suction commences immediately. He is lifted off the porch and drawn into the cargo bay of our spaceship. The specimen still cannot move or speak, but he stares back at us through his ocular aids with big, brown, frightened human eyes. Excerpted from Stuck On Earth by . Copyright (c) 2010 by David Klass. Published in 2010 by Frances Foster Books. All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher. Excerpted from Stuck on Earth by David Klass All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

Ketchvar, a snail-like organism, has spent most of his two thousand years in the comfortable ooze of his home planet, Sandavol IV. But Sandavol IV is dying, and he's now on a mission to find a suitable home for his people. Scientific data indicate that Earth will do, but in order for his species to colonize it, all humans would have to be eliminated. His mission: to study the planet and determine the worthiness of its inhabitants. Ketchvar will make his observations by inhabiting the brain of an Earthling; by random choice, he selects Tom Filber, a fourteen-year-old bullied boy with a miserable home- and social life. Ketchvar's speech ("Greetings, sister...I come in peace") is formal and his thinking humorously literal. When, for instance, he goes to find Tom's alcoholic father at the local bar, Ketchvar assumes Mr. Filber is "involved in a religious ritual" when told he is "paying his respects to the marble altar." Many of his observations, however, reflect uncomfortable truths, such as cliquish teen cruelty and the existence of toxic waste dumps. Klass's novel, with its twists and turns and many changes of setting, may lose those wishing for more character development but hit the spot for plot-driven readers. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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