Jun 14, 2011

Tween Tuesday: Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith

3 yummy frosted sugar cookies.

Cover Love: Pretty cute. Eye catching for it's intended audience.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
It looked like a great book for many of my readers. A funny book with a young male main character. Here's the synopsis from Good Reads:
David, otherwise known as Scrub (don't ask), isn't happy about leaving Florida and his friends to summer with his grandmother in "Middle of Nowhere," Washington. When he arrives at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he isn't surprised by its 60s meets Star Wars decor, but he is surprised by the weird-looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is a portal, and his grandma is the gate-keeper, allowing aliens to vacation on Earth. Grandma desperately needs Scrub's help with welcoming (and disguising) the tourists, shopping for cartloads of aluminum foil for dinner, and taking rambunctious alien kids camping in the nearby woods. The problem is, the town sheriff--already suspicious about Granny--is a scout leader camping in the same spot. Will Scrub blow Granny's cover, forcing the B&B to shut down forever? Full of cosmic chaos and mind-bending mayhem, Scrub's summer adventure will leave readers wanting to make a return trip.

I Kept Reading Because: I really liked Scrub! I wanted to see where this one ended up.

Romance?: Yes, a sweet little one.

What I Liked (& Didn't):
I really liked Scrub. He was resilient. He didn't spend time moping about the turns his life took, he just went out and looked for solutions. I really like that in a main character, especially for tween readers.

I liked the aliens. The author shows great imagination with them. This also leaves a huge window for future books. There is so much you can do with this idea!

I liked Amy and was glad Scrub was able to trust her in the end.

I felt like this was a good set up to a series. I didn't like Sheriff Tate as the villain, but I do think there needs to be some problems for the inn. I also would have liked to see the aliens out and about in the town more.

To Sum Up: A good start to a probable series. I look forward to more adventures with Amy and Scrub!

Egalley from NetGalley. Thanks Disney!


  1. Sounds cute! I like a main character that takes action instead of moping around.

  2. Great review. I really want to read this one. It's that whole Monster House style cover obsession I have.