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First Day on Earth

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ISBN13: 9780545060820
ISBN10: 0545060826
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A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.

"We are specks. Pieces of dust in this universe. Big nothings.

"I know what I am."

Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Yet loving the world — or, at least, an idea of the world.

Then he meets Hooper. Who says he's from another planet. And may be going home very soon.

Review:

"Mal, a high school loner who has all but withdrawn from the world, believes that aliens abducted him four years earlier in the California desert, where he disappeared for three days. And he wouldn't mind if they came back for him. It's easy to see why Mal would want to escape Earth: his mother has a drinking problem, his father abandoned them six years ago, and he's ostracized and taunted at school. When Mal meets a strange man at a support group for alien abductees, Hooper surprises Mal by claiming to be an extraterrestrial. Is Hooper insane — or Mal's best chance for getting off the planet? Castellucci (Rose Sees Red) gives Mal a strong narrative voice, but while Mal is a sympathetic protagonist, most of the characters feel like types, from his alcoholic mother to popular Posey, who is hiding a painful secret. Readers may find the climactic road trip Mal takes with Posey — ostensibly to take Hooper to meet a spaceship — equally contrived: in the course of one day, Mal goes to a random house party, faces his father, learns Posey's secret, and more. Ages 12 — up. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Cecil Castellucci grew up in New York City and is the author of the young adult novels Rose Sees Red, Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool, and Beige, as well as the comic books The Plain Janes and Janes in Love. Currently, Cecil Castellucci lives in Los Angeles. You can learn more about her at www.misscecil.com and via her blog, castellucci.livejournal.com.

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mukhatachripinus, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by mukhatachripinus)
This is an interesting and a very incisive book that captures the very being of human socio-political intrigues of human life. Just what men and women go through.
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Deborah J. Ross, October 19, 2011 (view all comments by Deborah J. Ross)
I've long thought that one reason we love stories about aliens (or sentient nonhuman creatures) is that at one time or another, we've all felt like aliens ourselves. I know I have, and I'll bet that just about everyone who's survived adolescence has, too. (The "just about" is a hedge in case there are, somewhere in the world, people who just sailed through; I'm willing to allow for the possibility, even if I don't know any of them.)

Cecil Castellucci takes that experience and whirls it around in a blender with the mythos of alien abduction and a protagonist who's not only smart but has to face a whole lot more than many of us. Mal's the kid with the greasy hair, slumped in the last row of seats in class, the kid you're afraid to talk to. He's got secrets, too. Years ago, he disappeared, but whether those missing three days were a "breakdown" or an alien abduction, even Mal isn't sure. His alcoholic mom lives right on the edge.

How far away from here is far enough? Mal asks. How far away would I be willing to go?
Light-years.

The characters are uncompromising, the prose cuts right to the core, and I devoured the book in one sitting. Not just for teens, First Day on Earth is both gritty and lyrical, subtle and over-the-top. It shows with poignant eloquence how the symbols and tropes of speculative fiction can convey our deepest human experiences.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545060820
Author:
Castellucci, Cecil
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mal, a high school loner who has all but withdrawn from the world, believes that aliens abducted him four years earlier in the California desert, where he disappeared for three days. And he wouldn't mind if they came back for him. It's easy to see why Mal would want to escape Earth: his mother has a drinking problem, his father abandoned them six years ago, and he's ostracized and taunted at school. When Mal meets a strange man at a support group for alien abductees, Hooper surprises Mal by claiming to be an extraterrestrial. Is Hooper insane — or Mal's best chance for getting off the planet? Castellucci (Rose Sees Red) gives Mal a strong narrative voice, but while Mal is a sympathetic protagonist, most of the characters feel like types, from his alcoholic mother to popular Posey, who is hiding a painful secret. Readers may find the climactic road trip Mal takes with Posey — ostensibly to take Hooper to meet a spaceship — equally contrived: in the course of one day, Mal goes to a random house party, faces his father, learns Posey's secret, and more. Ages 12 — up. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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