Monday, November 11, 2013

Mission One of Auggie the Alien by Leah Spiegel and Megan Summers

This is the humorous story of a 4th grader, seen through the eyes of a human hybrid alien child, sent to Earth to study our culture – to see if they could coexist with the humans.

Auggie has to try and understand 4th graders slang, body language, and the unwritten protocols of the classroom; all in an attempt to blend in. He upsets his teacher, Mrs. Malumrector, who constantly thinks Auggie’s trying to get smart with her when getting stupid with her would be counterproductive. Not only does Mrs. Malumrector not get Auggie’s literal logic, nor do any of the other students in his class. That is except for Left Hand Chuck who thinks Auggie’s hysterical and helps him by teaching him how to use human slang.

But if Auggie truly wants to complete his mission of blending in with the other children he needs to cheer for both teams, except if they’re losing. He needs to learn not to wear the ‘P and the J’ with the feet conveniently attached to school because they’re for sleeping in only. That ironically enough, Grandpa isn’t going to faint from low blood pressure even though his eyes often tend to roll upwards whenever Auggie is speaking. ‘Pop-a-Squat’ isn’t a good name for a dog, even though he’s great at it. And under no circumstance is he to bring his pet to school even if his teacher has her own pet there, Emily, another student in his class who is neither a gerbil nor a fish.

Publisher: CreateSpace (June 4, 2013)

Category/Genre: Light Sci-fi Humorous Middle Grade

ISBN: 978-1490377100

Tour Date: November, 2013

Available in: Print & ebook, 145 Pages



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About Leah Spiegel & Megan Summers:

Although we moved down to North Carolina several years ago, we’re originally from the Pittsburgh area. (That’s why a lot of our characters either live in the Burgh or reference our hometown football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers.) And yes, we even have the Southern accents to show for it now. Although Megan’s is considerable thicker, Leah still can’t understand the locals.

We are known as ‘the sisters’ among our neighborhood; when actually we’re probably really known as ‘the sisters with the Yorkies’. Our pups, Skippy Jon Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow, were given long names to compensate for their small size but not their large personalities.

If Leah’s not glued to her electronic devices, AKA her Kindle Fire and various laptops, you can find her training ‘the attack dogs’, running on the treadmill while conceiving the next great book idea with the Dave Matthews Band, Muse, Florence and the Machine, Lorde, The Lumineers, and Pink (just to name a few) blaring out of her earphones.

If Megan’s not glued to her electronic devices AKA her iPad and Nook Color, you can find her teaching fourth graders, swimming marathon style at the pool, or cuddling with ‘the attack dogs’ as she watches Duck Dynasty, Gold Rush, Scandal, Person of Interest, Morning Joe, etc.

Leah graduated from Edinboro University with a BA in Art Education. Megan received her teaching degree from Edinboro University and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Technology from Grand Canyon University

Website * Facebook * Leah on Twitter * Megan on Google+

Come back tomorrow. I'll be interviewing this dynamic duo then! :D

My Thoughts:

Be warned: This book is adorable. :-)

Auggie is an alien pretending to be a normal fourth grade boy. He is very bright so there really shouldn't be any problems, right? Unfortunately problems seem to be too plentiful where Auggie is concerned. :-(

He has to accomplish three simple tasks. He must be invited to a sleepover, go on a social outing with more than one friend, and be invited to a Birthday party.

He has to deal with mean students and a not so nice teacher. Poor Auggie, that is just the tip of the iceberg, He takes everything literally and you can imagine the problems that creates! I am reminded of Amelia Bedelia and all of her mishaps because she didn't clarify the things she didn't understand.

In addition to some sweet moments there were even more laugh out loud parts! This book shows how uncomfortable we can feel sometimes, how mean people can be and most importantly that there is nothing wrong with being different. :D

I don't usually read and review these types of books but something about Auggie appealed to me and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read about his first mission. I would tell anyone with kids or those looking for a funny and fuzzy read, to try this. It really is too cute for words!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought it was a brilliant addition to the books available for kids these days. As a kid I enjoyed Amelia Bedelia and I have a feeling Auggie will easily hit the mark with kids in this day and age. 

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  1. Sadly they influence it way too much they can make us afraid, stop doing something we love in fear of retribution and destroy self confidence or worse....fortunately they are also some good people to try to cunterbalance it but it's more easy to destroy than to rebuilt

    1. That is why I am so appreciative of the nice people I meet. They really do make a difference.:D

  2. This does sound too cute. I'll have to get it for either my neice or even my older nephew. And They do infleunce you. Either to be a better person or they can even destroy you a bit unfortunately.

    1. I hate how much power they seem to have over others. It is sad when no one will stick up fo the underdog.

      Luckily Auggie had a friend. :D

    2. I know! It makes me so sad and mad to hear about all of these bullying stories. I know in school I always made a point if I saw it to stick up for the kids being picked on.

  3. Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad you adored Mission One of Auggie the Alien!

  4. mean people really do have too much power over others but not forever thank goodness