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Rose, St Helen and St Katharine

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth is the story of a troubled boy called Prez meeting Sputnik, a mischievous alien who has travelled from his imploded planet in search of a home. It is a slightly crazy book and you must suspend your sense of reality to fully immerse yourself in it. Prez comes from the Children’s Temporary Accommodation after his Grandpa was taken to a nursing home for dementia. Prez starts off as a shy, mute boy but meeting Sputnik helps him to emerge out of his shell and involve himself in what life can offer. The book plays around with the laws of physics to present the reader with a thrilling experience of page-turning fun. Sweet but violent Sputnik is seen only by Prez and his Grandpa in his true form when everyone else sees him as a dog. It makes me wonder if you have to be homeless and adrift to see him as he really is. He involves Prez in his mission to save earth by making a list of 10 things that are worth saving. They are connected through their lack of a stable home and there is a constant friendship throughout the story. Sputnik helps Prez accept his Grandpa’s condition and focus on the important things. The book dealt with difficult subject matter with humour and it helped me understand about dementia and that feeling of having no home. In the end though I realised that a home is not a place, but a feeling.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 09:55 am

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