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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
by Frank Cottrell Boyce


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Award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce returns with another one-of-a-kind story of heart, humor, and finding one's place in the universe.

Prez knows that the best way to keep track of things is to make a list.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce returns with another one-of-a-kind story of heart, humor, and finding one's place in the universe.

Prez knows that the best way to keep track of things is to make a list. That's important when you have a grandfather who is constantly forgetting. And it's even more important when your grandfather can't care for you anymore and you have to go live with a foster family out in the country.

Prez is still learning to fit in at his new home when he answers the door to meet Sputnik--a kid who is more than a little strange. First, he can hear what Prez is thinking. Second, he looks like a dog to everyone except Prez. Third, he can manipulate the laws of space and time. Sputnik, it turns out is an alien, and he's got a mission that requires Prez's help: the Earth has been marked for destruction, and the only way they can stop it is to come up with ten reasons why the planet should be saved.

Thus begins one of the most fun and eventful summers of Prez's life, as he and Sputnik set out on a journey to compile the most important list Prez has ever made--and discover just what makes our world so remarkable.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062643629
  • ISBN-10: 0062643622
  • Publisher: Walden Pond Press
  • Publish Date: June 2017
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.75 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Science Fiction
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship

 
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An Earth worth saving

BookPage Children’s Top Pick, July 2017

Toys. Books. Friends. Television. Fidget spinners. If you had to make a list of 10 amazing things about Earth in order to keep it from being destroyed, what would you pick? In Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions), this is exactly the situation Prez finds himself in after Sputnik, a strange little boy (or is he a dog?), rings the doorbell that isn’t there and invites himself into Prez’s world.

After his granddad gets into “a wee spot of bother,” Prez is taken to Children’s Temporary Accommodation (an orphanage) and then placed with the Blythe family on their farm. As talkative as Prez is silent, the Blythe family provides a good, if not peaceful, place for Prez to live. But everything is turned upside down when Sputnik enters their lives. Sputnik appears as a dog to everyone but Prez, and he telepathically “tells” Prez that he is an alien from another planet and is on Earth to keep it from being destroyed. Most importantly, he needs Prez’s help to go out into the world and discover the 10 things that will stop the destruction. Thus begins Prez’s most eventful summer ever.

Wrapped in humor and absurdity, Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth deftly examines a number of issues, including dementia, foster care and how to see the beauty in common, everyday things. While not a simple, straightforward book, readers who take the time to explore Earth with Prez, Sputnik and Granddad will be rewarded with joy, laughter and the knowledge that it might actually be possible to find your own place in the universe.

 

This article was originally published in the July 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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