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. Volume XV Number 22. . . .June 26, 2009
Oas (Older Annoying Sister) has to leave her home planet of Zorca-twenty-three via an asteroid and a black hole in order to find her brother Ralb on earth. When she arrives, Oas has become April, a typical teenager thrust into the world of earthling teens in Bedrockville, Florida. Her only experience of earth so far has been via television, and she finds that the reality is quite different! April must figure out a way to find her brother, cope with all of the strange people and circumstances she finds on earth, and then get both of them safely to their own planet. But, by the end of the novel, she realizes just how hard it is to leave her new friends and boyfriend and wonders if she truly wants to return home or not.
Greenhill's novel is creative and imaginative. The world of Zorca-twenty-three becomes just as alive for readers as earth becomes for April, down to the smallest detail. It is a refreshing new fantasy world which will certainly capture the imagination of young adult readers. For example, two of Oas's friends accompany her on the journey. One is Rotsen, an argumentative plant who has a great deal of advice to offer, and the other is Lehcarr, a Venus Fly Trap. Greenhill has even developed a special Zorcan vocabulary. Once Oas/April reaches earth, we laugh at her astonishment about things earthlings take for granted, such as a visit to the hairdresser, a ride in an elevator, a modern bathroom. Here again, Greenhill demonstrates an ability to describe things in detail and from the point of view of someone who has never experienced them before. April's misunderstanding of what people mean and how things work and her ability to commit social major faux pas result in a very funny story. Vocabulary again plays an interesting role as April tends to get her earthling phrases a little confused.
Ann Ketcheson, a retired teacher-librarian and teacher of high school English and French, lives in Ottawa, ON, where she has turned her love of travel into a new career as a travel consultant.
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