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Seventeen-year-old Emily and her best friend Reese can't wait for summer vacation on Cape Cod. Every year, it's the same thing: high hopes that they may finally hook up with some cool guys...and it never happens. But this year, they're sure it's going to be different. So it's totally amazing when out of nowhere they meet two unbelievably adorable boys who are just too cute to be true! Which, they soon discover, may be the case. A lot of odd things happen when Steve and Dave are around. Reese figures it's because they're not from around here. So where are they from, France? Well, not quite...

Summoned from the depths of the sea by the dire threat of global pollution, friendly aliens "Steve and Dave" have manifested themselves in human form and come ashore in a last desperate effort to save the oceans.

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"Initially, this novel reads like a spoof on B-grade science fiction with the introduction of some very improbable events. First, there is a nuclear explosion in the ocean. Then, an unidentifiable blob washes onto a Cape Cod beach and two strangers with odd mannerisms and ways of speaking suddenly appear in town. Yet it soon becomes clear that Nelson (Paranoid Park) has something more profound in mind than tracking an alien invasion. After 17-year-old Emily and her sidekick Reese befriend the two strangers who go by Steve and Dave and claim to be linguistic students they experience some strange phenomena, such as being able to sense what animals are thinking and having euphoric dreams (It was like I was floating on air and the sun was super close to me.... and I somehow knew everything was okay and everyone loved everyone and the Earth was the best place in the entire galaxy). After witnessing the duos remarkable healing powers, Emily suspects that there is something unearthly about them suspicions that are confirmed when they reveal their true identities, histories and knowledge of the universe. Woven into the story are environmentalist themes and prophetic ideas that pack a punch and may inspire contemplation about the Earths uncertain future. Offering wittiness, suspense and ideologies borrowed from Eastern religions, Nelson reaches a new level of depth and creativity with this intriguing depiction of one very weird summer. Ages 13-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"'Initially, this novel reads like a spoof on B-grade science fiction with the introduction of some very improbable events. First, there is a nuclear explosion in the ocean. Then, an unidentifiable 'blob' washes onto a Cape Cod beach and two strangers with odd mannerisms and ways of speaking suddenly appear in town. Yet it soon becomes clear that Nelson (Paranoid Park) has something more profound in mind than tracking an alien invasion. After 17-year-old Emily and her sidekick Reese befriend the two strangers — who go by 'Steve' and 'Dave' and claim to be linguistic students — they experience some strange phenomena, such as being able to sense what animals are thinking and having euphoric dreams ('It was like I was floating on air and the sun was superclose to me.... and I somehow knew everything was okay and everyone loved everyone and the Earth was the best place in the entire galaxy'). After witnessing the duo's remarkable healing powers, Emily suspects that there is something unearthly about them — suspicions that are confirmed when they reveal their true identities, histories and knowledge of the universe. Woven into the story are environmentalist themes and prophetic ideas that pack a punch and may inspire contemplation about the Earth's uncertain future. Offering wittiness, suspense and ideologies borrowed from Eastern religions, Nelson reaches a new level of depth and creativity with this intriguing depiction of one very weird summer. Ages 13-up.(July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Emily and her best friend Reese are spending their summer vacation on Cape Cod when out of nowhere they meet two unbelievably adorable boys who are just too cute to be true! Which, they soon discover, may be the case…. A lot of odd things happen when Steve and Dave are around. Reese figures its because theyre not from around here. So where are they from, France? Well, not quite….

Summoned from the depths of the sea by the dire threat of global pollution, friendly aliens “Steve” and “Dave” have come ashore in a last desperate attempt to save the oceans. But with the police and the FBI hot on their trail, will Emily and Reese be able to help them fulfill their mission?

About the Author

Blake Nelson is the author of several critically-acclaimed books for children and teens. They include Gender Blender, Prom Anonymous, Rock Star Superstar, and Girl. He divides his time between Portland, Oregon and New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765314239
Author:
Nelson, Blake
Publisher:
Tor Teen
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Beaches
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - Environment
Subject:
Pollution
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Cape cod (mass.)
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070626
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.75 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Initially, this novel reads like a spoof on B-grade science fiction with the introduction of some very improbable events. First, there is a nuclear explosion in the ocean. Then, an unidentifiable blob washes onto a Cape Cod beach and two strangers with odd mannerisms and ways of speaking suddenly appear in town. Yet it soon becomes clear that Nelson (Paranoid Park) has something more profound in mind than tracking an alien invasion. After 17-year-old Emily and her sidekick Reese befriend the two strangers who go by Steve and Dave and claim to be linguistic students they experience some strange phenomena, such as being able to sense what animals are thinking and having euphoric dreams (It was like I was floating on air and the sun was super close to me.... and I somehow knew everything was okay and everyone loved everyone and the Earth was the best place in the entire galaxy). After witnessing the duos remarkable healing powers, Emily suspects that there is something unearthly about them suspicions that are confirmed when they reveal their true identities, histories and knowledge of the universe. Woven into the story are environmentalist themes and prophetic ideas that pack a punch and may inspire contemplation about the Earths uncertain future. Offering wittiness, suspense and ideologies borrowed from Eastern religions, Nelson reaches a new level of depth and creativity with this intriguing depiction of one very weird summer. Ages 13-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Initially, this novel reads like a spoof on B-grade science fiction with the introduction of some very improbable events. First, there is a nuclear explosion in the ocean. Then, an unidentifiable 'blob' washes onto a Cape Cod beach and two strangers with odd mannerisms and ways of speaking suddenly appear in town. Yet it soon becomes clear that Nelson (Paranoid Park) has something more profound in mind than tracking an alien invasion. After 17-year-old Emily and her sidekick Reese befriend the two strangers — who go by 'Steve' and 'Dave' and claim to be linguistic students — they experience some strange phenomena, such as being able to sense what animals are thinking and having euphoric dreams ('It was like I was floating on air and the sun was superclose to me.... and I somehow knew everything was okay and everyone loved everyone and the Earth was the best place in the entire galaxy'). After witnessing the duo's remarkable healing powers, Emily suspects that there is something unearthly about them — suspicions that are confirmed when they reveal their true identities, histories and knowledge of the universe. Woven into the story are environmentalist themes and prophetic ideas that pack a punch and may inspire contemplation about the Earth's uncertain future. Offering wittiness, suspense and ideologies borrowed from Eastern religions, Nelson reaches a new level of depth and creativity with this intriguing depiction of one very weird summer. Ages 13-up.(July)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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Seventeen-year-old Emily and her best friend Reese are spending their summer vacation on Cape Cod when out of nowhere they meet two unbelievably adorable boys who are just too cute to be true! Which, they soon discover, may be the case…. A lot of odd things happen when Steve and Dave are around. Reese figures its because theyre not from around here. So where are they from, France? Well, not quite….

Summoned from the depths of the sea by the dire threat of global pollution, friendly aliens “Steve” and “Dave” have come ashore in a last desperate attempt to save the oceans. But with the police and the FBI hot on their trail, will Emily and Reese be able to help them fulfill their mission?

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