Escape from Planet Yastol

From the Series Way-Too-Real Aliens

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Josh Higgins loves to make up stories about other planets. At least he thought he was making them up. After Josh publishes his first book, sinister blue aliens visit Earth! Josh quickly learns that the worlds he wrote about in his stories are way too real.

The outer space thugs take Josh and his kid sister Maggie all the way to the desert planet Yastol. And when Josh and Maggie refuse to aid the blue guys, a chase begins across Yastol’s harsh landscape.

Will the help of the planet’s brave Prince Izor be enough to save Yastol from the bad blue aliens? Or will the planet’s many dangers finish off Josh and Maggie first?

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Action/Adventure
BISACS JUV037000, JUV053000, JUV013070
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 620
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 4.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 145557
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


The Horn Book Guide

“Funny, quirky, and action-filled, the story will hold reluctant readers’ attention.” —The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“With a story that will capture middle school readers and text that is not overly challenging for younger readers, this book will be enjoyed by many.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“This lightweight, lighthearted adventure will appeal to middle-grade science-fiction fans, particularly reluctant readers.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“A quick pace—punctuated with the siblings’ spats, creatures with polka dots, slavers, deserts, bird droppings and Josh’s frequent references to his original story—moves this volume along nicely. Every time Josh faces a new villain or challenging environment, he wishes he has written his story differently, allowing young readers to ponder the act of making a story. Readers ready for longer chapter books will enjoy having some science fiction to choose from and welcome further adventures.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author: Pamela F. Service

Born in Berkeley, California, Pamela F. Service grew up loving to hear, read, and tell stories—particularly about weird stuff. Pamela earned a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley followed by an MA in history and archaeology from the University of London. She spent many years living in Bloomington, Indiana, writing, serving on the city council, and being curator of a history museum. She has a grown daughter, Alex, who is also a museum curator. Pamela is now living in Eureka, California, where she writes, works as a museum curator, and acts in community theater.

Illustrator: Mike Gorman

Mike Gorman is a seasoned editorial illustrator whose work has been seen in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and other publications. He lives in Westbrook, Maine, with his wife, three children, a dog, a cat, two toads, and a gecko.