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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

First Day on Earth by Cecil Castelluci

First Day on Earth
by Cecil Castelluci
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-545-06082-0
Suggested Ages: 12 - 18 (Younger mature readers would have  no problem)
Buy From Indigo

Description: 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. Quiet. But with a lot of words underneath.

Seven years ago, Mal disappeared for three days. Everyone tells him it was a breakdown, a seizure, something medical. He thinks it was something different. An alien abduction.

But there's no way for him to know for sure.

Then, at an abductee support group, he meets Hooper, who has some otherworldly secrets of his own. And suddenly the truth is closer than Mal ever imagined it could be.

They are out there and they are watching us. One day, I'm going with them. And I'm going to be free.

The Good Stuff
  • Sensitively and beautifully written
  • Incredibly well drawn and believable characters who develop so well - especially brilliant considering this is such a short quick read
  • Cecil is extremely talented at setting the mood and landscape of the story.
  • One of the shortest most outstanding pieces of YA I have ever read - will really speak to those who have felt like an "alien" while growing up
  • Hopeful and honest
  • Truly unique and thought provoking - would love to discuss this with others
  • Author really understands the struggle of a kid who is just a little bit different
  • Nice spots of humour thrown in (Saves it from being too dark)
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Would have liked more, but hey I'm just being selfish
Favorite Quotes/ Passages

"She is so sure of herself. How did she ever get that way? Does she wake up with sunshine and rainbows streaming through her windows? Does she smile so naturally because everything is so good? Because she sleeps like she's an enchanted fairy-tale princess? Must be. No other explanation"

"Here's the thing with the moon. You can still see it. Mars? Too recognizable. Jupiter is too stormy and everyone is always looking at Saturn's rings. Maybe Neptune. No one ever knows when Neptune is around. It just sits in the sky, disguised as a star."

"I do like they do. I go back to reading.
Always solace in a book.
Always silence in there."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for a reluctant reader
  • Would be a fantastic book for a class discussion
  • This would be appreciated for those readers who have felt a little outside of the crowd
4.75 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in Exchange for an Honest Review - thanks guys I will keeping this one for Jake

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