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Tiffany Haigh, North Huddersfield Trust School

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

I enjoyed reading Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth; it made me chuckle. I especially liked the moment when Prez realised that Sputnik, the alien dog, had done an armed robbery in the local shop.
The book tells the story of a boy named Prez, who is being fostered for the summer by a warm, lively farming family. Sputnik, an anarchistic alien, arrives on the farm but everyone else perceives him as a cute dog. Only the silent Prez is able to communicate with Sputnik and help him save the world from destruction.
Prez's granddad has dementia and Frank Cottrell Boyce introduces this in a thought-provoking way. My heart went out to Prez, waiting for his granddad to collect him and take him home. His moment of realisation that their flat had been rented out to a new tenant and they wouldn't be returning to their old life together was a poignant balance to the lively humour.
I would recommend this book, particularly to the younger Carnegie shadowers. It's not my winner - but I enjoyed reading it and I've enjoyed discussing it with the group.

Posted on: 24th May 2017 at 11:06 pm

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