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Publisher's Note:

Author Kevin Emerson channels Frank Cottrell Boyce in this tween sci-fi adventure about two kids from opposite sides of the country who find themselves on a road trip to save the world from an impending alien attack. Haley and Dodger have nothing in common. But that was before they learned about the strange, unexplainable phenomena in Juliette, Arizona. Before they both received summer research grants from a mysterious foundation and discovered their theories about extraterrestrial life were correct. Now Haley and Dodger do have something in common: they're the only ones who can figure out what's happening in towns across the country . . . and stop it. The Fellowship for Alien Detection has it all: an inventive premise, fantastic voice, cinematic tone, and high appeal for both boys and girls.…

Overall Book Review:

The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson is definitely a book that you do not want to judge by the cover.  The light, cartoonish cover artwork and the title imply a humorous book with plenty of spoofing opportunities.  Don’t be fooled.  This is a fairly hard-core sci-fi book with a serious tone. The story-telling is initially split:  the first section is in the first person voice of Haley and the second section is told in the first person voice of Dodger.  The author really lays the background for the characters, which can feel a bit slow, but stick with it because it is worth it with good characters, mysterious aliens, and in the end lots of action. 

There is not a lot of true middle grade science fiction out there so The Fellowship for Alien Detection is a welcome addition.  It is also a good option for those younger readers who are interested in the alien invasion storyline, but are not ready for the popular, recent, but intense 5th Wave which is really targeted at much older readers.  The Fellowship for Alien Detection is highly recommended for young sci-fi fans!


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 1 derogatory name.

Violence/Gore:  Mention that Elvis “off”-ed on painkillers; darts thrown at a character; a struggle resulting in a fall and minor burns; character falls and cuts knee; kidnapping; a vehicle is fired upon with weapons; characters are chased and grabbed; character is kicked, knocked unconscious; report of a fight; a character bleeds from the nose.

Sex/Nudity:  Adults kiss.

Mature Subject Matter:

Abduction/kidnapping; Alien invasion

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Aliens drug some characters.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
3
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
1
10

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!