It all starts with a school essay. When twelve-year-old Gratuity ("Tip") Tucci is assigned to write five pages on "The True Meaning of Smekday" for the National Time Capsule contest, she's not sure where to begin. When her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended on the Earth and the aliens - called Boov - abducted her mother? Or when the Boov declared Earth a colony, renamed it "Smekland" (in honor of glorious Captain Smek), and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod? In any case, Gratuity's story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo.; a futile journey south to find Gratuity's mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom; a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious; and an outrageous plan to save the Earth from yet another alien invasion.
by Louise Troh, Christine Wicker
by Adam Rex
by Adam Gopnik
by Adam Foulds
by Adam Levin
by Adam Carolla
by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
by Sharyn McCrumb, Adam Edwards
by Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry
by Delores Phillips
"Aliens called Boov have invaded the earth and forced all Americans to move to Florida. Instead of going by rocketpod like the others, 11-year-old Gratuity Tucci drives from Pennsylvania in her mother's car with her cat, Pig. Along the way, she picks up a renegade Boov (with the earth name J.Lo because humans can't pronounce Boov names), who adapts her car so it can float. A hilarious, heartwarming buddy adventure is born! On audio we are denied the cartoons from the book, but who cares when we have the spirited and talented Bahni Turpin? Turpin is a vocal genius. She can express any emotion, and her timing accentuates every satirical line. Most remarkable are the two completely distinct characters who constantly play off each other--the feisty, self-reliant Gratuity and the droll, lip-smacking J.Lo. A.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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