People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She's used to being coddled, being an only child, but it's hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother's babying gets more stifling than ever, she's looking forward to cheering at the big game and getting out of the house for a while. But that night, Mana's life goes haywire. First, the hot guy she's been crushing on at school randomly flips out and starts spitting acid during the game. Then they get into a knockdown, drag-out fight in the locker room, during which Mana finds herself leaping around like a kangaroo on steroids. As a flyer on the cheerleading squad, she's always been a good jumper, but this is a bit much. By the time she gets home and finds her house trashed and an alien in the garage, Mana starts to wonder if her mother had her reasons for being overprotective. It turns out, Mana's frumpy, timid mom is actually an alien hunter, and now she's missing--taking a piece of technology with her that everyone wants their hands on, both human and alien. Now her supposed partner, a guy that Mana has never met or heard of (and who seems way too young and way too arrogant to be hunting aliens), has shown up, ordering Mana to come with him. Now, on her own for the first time, Mana will have to find a way to save her mother--and maybe the world--and hope she's up to the challenge.
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by Carrie Jones
by Diana Wynne Jones
"Kate Reinders narrates this campy story about Mana, a high school cheerleader who finds herself battling aliens in a quest to find her missing mom. The audiobook starts slowly, but Reinders's sprightly delivery keeps the story moving until Mana and Lyle, her possible love interest, start kicking some alien butt. Reinders has a youthful, upbeat delivery but can grow serious when she needs to in tense moments. She's perfect for this sci-fi series, equal parts laughs, lighthearted flirtation, and adventure. There's diversity in FLYING, too. Mana is Asian, and her best friend, Seppie, is black. Be prepared to listen to the next installment; FLYING will leave you up in the air. L.T. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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