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Mrs. Pollard, St John Fisher RC High School

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

This book seems to be the odd one out in the shortlist. Aimed at younger readers and with text illustrations it does not have the same gravitas as Salt to the Sea, more like a literary amuse bouche! Having said that I enjoyed this light read which covers the issues of being a foster child or 'Temporary Kid' as it is described in the text after his carer grandfather is put in a nursing home. Sputnik the alien could be a figment of the imagination, a real dog or an alien, whatever he is he has an effect on those around Prez. Not a winner in my opinion but an accessible read.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 10:56 am

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