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Created by: David O. Russell
For Ages: 8 - 12
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Aliens are among us, and eighth-graders Gene and Vince regularly report on their existence via the Globe, their weekly tabloid. Most readers don’t take the articles seriously, but when the pair outs the school guidance counselor as a closet alien, their story gets a lot of attention—of the wrong kind. Gene and Vince are suddenly at the center of an intergalactic conflict, one that could be the death of their friendship—and of the boys themselves.

Ample humor and inventive storytelling make for a hilarious, surprising adventure that will keep readers glued to every page.
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416996866 | 
  • October 2009 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 780
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Filmmaker David O. Russell & video game designer Andrew Auseon: Alienated

Hollywood screenwriter David O. Russell and critically acclaimed novelist Andrew Auseon team up on ALIENATED, a hilarious middle grade novel.

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IT WAS AN EVENING LIKE ANY OTHER IN THE SMALL TOWN of Santa Rosa, except for the fact that Gene Brennick’s fingerprints were falling off. He’d been eating a cinnamon Pop-Tart when the skin on his thumb unrolled like loose string and landed in the kitchen sink. “That’s weird,” he said, and then popped his earphones into his ears. Weirder stuff had happened to him. Just yesterday he’d been swallowed by a giant plant that lived behind the old watertreatment plant and called itself Eddie.

Gene sat on the steps of his front porch, alone. Even with all the lights on he was easy to... see more



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