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Publisher's Summary

Imagine being forced to move to a new planet where you are the alien! From the creator of the Tapper Twins, New York Times best-selling author Geoff Rodkey delivers a topical sci-fi middle-grade novel that proves friendship and laughter can transcend even a galaxy of differences.

The first time I heard about Planet Choom, we'd been on Mars for almost a year. But life on the Mars station was grim, and since Earth was no longer an option (we may have blown it up), it was time to find a new home.

That's how we ended up on Choom with the Zhuri. They're very smart. They also look like giant mosquitos. But that's not why it's so hard to live here. There's a lot that the Zhuri don't like: singing (just ask my sister, Ila), comedy (one joke got me sent to the principal's office), or any kind of emotion. 

The biggest problem, though? The Zhuri don't like us. And if humankind is going to survive, it's up to my family to change their minds. No pressure.

©2019 Geoff Rodkey (P)2019 Listening Library

What the critics say

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year!

"A quirky sci-fi adventure with a surprising layer of political irony." (Kirkus Reviews

"Rodkey explores heady concepts such as immigration, tolerance, culture shock, and relative humor in this slapstick-laden allegory" (Publishers Weekly)  

“Whip-smart, wildly inventive, and truly important.” (Katherine Applegate, author of Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan)  

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  • Bonnie Martineck
  • 2020-07-11

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Neat characters and sound effects. It was our first audible book. Listened while traveling from AR to WI

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  • ROXXY
  • 2022-07-18

Read it in one day

I have do read this for school but it was so interesting it didn’t feel like a school reading it felt like casual reading instead Overall very good