Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

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A 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.

3 comments on “Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth”

  1. Action packed fiction fun After years of trying to take care of his Granddad and trying to cover up his memory loss, the situation was finally discovered. Granddad was taken away, and Prez was sent to a foster home out in the country. Soon after arriving to his foster home, a boy named Sputnik mysteriously arrives and the book is full of their summer adventures. Sputnik is quite the character: looks like a dog to other people, comes from space, can read Prez's mind, can defy gravity, and much much more! Students will...

  2. My son loved this book My son's at the age where he's transitioning between the easy chapter books (like Magic Tree House) and more substantial fare. We picked up this book because it was on a school reading list for a grade up and sounded interesting.What a great find! He couldn't put it down, and finished it in just a couple of days. From what he's told me about it, it's funny and about aliens, but it also deals with a boy who encounters some pretty tough issues in his personal life. Although on the...

  3. "Home isn't a place on a map. Home isn't the place you come from. It's the place you're heading to." This was a story I thoroughly enjoyed from a talented writer I first heard of through the TV series, "Doctor Who" (episodes "In the Forest of the Night" from Series 8 and "Smile" from Series 10). Frank Cottrell Boyce's story, "Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth" is a wonderful read with an extra bonus of the Twelfth Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, narrating each chapter. With his Scottish accent sounding much thicker here, Peter has a unique and funny way of...

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