Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off! Review

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Nate Ball’s Alien In My Pocket: Blast Off! is a lighthearted story about how fourth-grader Zach McGee deals with an alien life form whom crashes it’s spaceship into his room! Luckily for Zach, the invading alien named Amp is only the size of a hamster, and is actually pretty nice once you get to know him. Amp reveals that he is a scout from his home planet, and that his race plans on taking over the Earth! In order to stop them from destroying humanity (or maybe not, since Amp’s weapons tickle more than everything) Zach and his friend Olivia must find a way to send Amp back up into space within 24 hours.

I found this book to be charming and would recommend it for children from grades 1-5 depending on their reading level. (This book has an AR level of 4.5 and a Lexile score of 690.)  I also could see this book being used as a read aloud since the chapters are relatively short and funny. I would suggest this book for fans of science fiction, or for students who enjoyed the My Weird School series by Dan Gutman.


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