Sunday, May 18, 2008

There's A Spaceship in My Tree by Robert West

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (April 1, 2008)

From the publisher's website:

Beamer, age 13, who speaks only Californian, is an alien in the world of Middle America, exiled to a bizarre, ancient house on a mysterious street that may or may not exist on any map. With the help of a nerdy African-American kid named Ghoulie, a gangly tomboy named Scilla, and a miraculous, broken-down tree house shaped like a spaceship, he battles the indigenous life forms in his new home, from bullying creatures to the strange inhabitants of dark castles, subterranean caverns, and a spider web the size of a house, to discover how God gives a distinctive purpose to each uniquely designed human being.

Know Your Star-Fighters Beamer: California transplant to a weird Midwestern town. Feels like he’s living on another planet. Scilla: the gangly tomboy next door. Ghoulie: the class nerd.

Add one spaceship-shaped tree house capable of taking them most anywhere in the universe. Hop in and blast off for fantastic outer space adventures in Star-Fighters of Murphy Street—the quirky, funny, fast-paced new trilogy by Robert West.

Newly arrived from California, thirteen-year-old Beamer MacIntyre feels like an alien in this bizarre Midwestern town. Strangest of all is the spaceship-shaped tree house in his yard. Surprises await Beamer and his two new friends, Ghoulie and Scilla, when they climb inside and blast off to a universe full of adventure—including a surefire way to make the school bully stop harassing Ghoulie (provided it doesn’t backfire!).

My Review: I loved this new series. It can be enjoyed by both boys and girls. Beamer and his family move into a new house for them and what they discover is amazing. There is a huge strange acting Spider Web in the attic which causes all kinds of scientists to come and study it. Also outside the window is a spaceship shaped tree house.Beamer soon makes friends with two other "misfits" named Ghoulie and Scilla. Certain times while playing in the spaceship tree house it comes alive and they go on adventures into space. It does not leave the actual tree and may be the product of active imaginations. But is cool nevertheless. At the same time Beamer and friends are having trouble with a bully at school. I love how the characters develop in the series. I highly recommend this action packed new series. :)

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