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The True Meaning of Smekdayby Adam Rex
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It all starts with a school essay. When twelve-year-old Gratuity ("Tip") Tucci is assigned to write five pages on "The True Meaning of Smekday" for the National Time Capsule contest, she's not sure where to begin.
When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck?
In any case, Gratuity's story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find Gratuity's mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.
Fully illustrated with "photos," drawings, newspaper clippings, and comics sequences, this is a hilarious, perceptive, genre-bending novel by a remarkable new talent.
Fully illustrated with photos, drawings, newspaper clippings, and comic sequences, this original debut novel by a noted illustrator is a hilarious, perceptive, and genre-bending story about a 12-year-old girl who writes an essay six months after an alien race has taken over Earth.
An action-packed, science fiction adventure for middle grade readers. Follow spirited orphan Trix from her snotty boarding school to the circus—and on to outer space.
School of Rock meets World of Warcraft in this edgy, highly original YA novel of alternate realities, rock 'n' roll, time travel, and mythical characters, by DC Comics writer and Sci-Fi scribe, Robert Jeschonek, now available in paperback.
Idea Deity believes that he exists in a novel written by an omnipotent author andthat he will die in chapter 64. Reacher Mirage sings lead in the undercover rock bandYouforia, a band that exists in Ideas world as an Internet hoax that Idea himself perpetuated.Beautiful and mysterious Eunice Truant links their destinies, and when theyall meet within the pages of the epic fantasy novel Fireskulls Revenant, the threat ofchapter 64 looms large.Being trapped in a bad book can be a nightmare—just ask Idea Deity.
Rebel. Champion gymnast. Intergalactic traveler?
Trix can deal with being an orphan charity case at a snotty boarding school. She can hold her own when everyone else tells her not to dream big dreams. She can even fight back against the mysterious stranger in a silver mask who tries to steal the meteorite her parents trusted her to protect.
But her life is about to change forever. The Circus Galacticus has come to town, bringing acts to amaze, delight, and terrify. And now the dazzling but enigmatic young Ringmaster has offered Trix the chance to be a part of it.
Soon Trix discovers an entire universe full of deadly enemies and potential friends, not to mention space leeches, ancient alien artifacts, and exploding chocolate desserts. And she just might unravel the secrets of her own past—if she can survive long enough.
About the Author
Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He was neither the smart one (older brother) or the cute one (younger sister), but he was the one who could draw. He took a lot of art classes as a kid, trying to learn to draw better, and started painting when he was 11. Later he got a BFA from the University of Arizona, and met his physicist wife, Marie (who is both the smart and cute one)....
He likes animals, spacemen, Mexican food, Ethiopian food, monsters, puppets, comic books, 19th-century art, skeletons, bugs, and robots. His first picture book, The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2003. His picture book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times bestseller. The year 2007 saw the release of his first novel, The True Meaning of Smekday. His second, a book for teens and adults called Fat Vampire, will be published in July 2010. Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.
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