The Not-So-Perfect Planet

From the Series Way-Too-Real Aliens

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

Josh Higgins has an alien gizmo that lets him think his way to other planets—and he does NOT want to use it. But his sister Maggie won’t stop bugging him, so he agrees to an off-world vacation. Josh dreams up a planet full of blue oceans, white beaches, and sunny weather. And he prepares for everything…well, almost.

A parade of cranky creatures soon spoils Josh and Maggie’s perfect getaway—including a one-horned beast, a sharp-toothed sea princess, and a two-tailed monkey. The planet’s locals just can’t get along, and Josh and Maggie find themselves caught up in the squabbling.

As the Earth kids rush from one danger to another, will they discover a way to keep the peace? Or will Josh and Maggie become prisoners of the not-so-perfect planet?

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-0-76137-919-5
$15.95 $11.96
978-0-76138-736-7
$23.99 $17.99
978-1-46775-961-8
$53.32 $39.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.5
BISACS JUV053000, JUV013070, JUV037000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 630
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 148964
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Reviews

The Horn Book Guide

“Over-the-top silly and brimming with cliffhangers, the fast-paced sibling adventure demonstrates problem-solving, kindness, and teamwork.” —The Horn Book Guide

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.

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.