3 THINGS I LOVED ABOUT WE’RE NOT FROM HERE BY GEOFF RODKEY

3 THINGS I LOVED ABOUT WE’RE NOT FROM HERE BY GEOFF RODKEY

I recently received Rodkey’s new book, We’re Not From Here (released March 5, 2019) through my ARC sharing group, the Lit Review Crew.

I have not read many science fiction books for my middle schoolers that involved aliens. Most science-fiction is more dystopian, so I was excited to dive into this story.

I gave the book 4 stars.

Here is what I loved:

  • Cover Art: The colors were pleasing to the eye and the aliens! I loved that they were giant mosquito-looking creatures. I was instantly intrigued. Also, the character holding the sign. Perfect.
  • Lan: the main character was hilarious and the author leaving the gender of the main character unknown was really interesting and new.
  • Serious topic mixed with ridiculous and hilarious comedy.
  • The power of music.
  • The different aliens.

Quotes

“No. The question is, why does it matter what a couple of people are whispering to us when hundreds of them scream ‘Humans go home!’ Every time we leave the house?”

“It matters because we have to start somewhere.”

I loved this quote because it showed the power that can be found in the smallest of voices. Also, it showed that just because a group is the loudest, doesn’t mean they are the strongest.

“But do you remember what I said to you when we got on the shuttle to come here?”

“Buckle your seatbelt?”

“Probably that too…But I told you it’s okay to be scared. And we can be scared and brave at the same time…If we weren’t afraid, we’d be doing it wrong…And courage doesn’t mean we ignore our fear. It just means we move through it.”

This quote showed the mix of seriousness and silliness perfectly.

If you haven’t read this book and love a good science fiction adventure or appreciate humor in your reading, go to your local bookstore and purchase it!

Happy reading.

I am a middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.

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