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Freya, Impington Village College

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

I was concerned that this book might be for younger readers and I was right. It was nice to finally read more of a sci-fi, fantasy novel (a rather weird one) but I just couldn't connect with the characters. However I did like that it was an original plot and that it told the tale of Laika, the first animal in space.

Prez is part of a temporary childrens home because his grandfather is losing his memory and can no longer look after him. He goes to live with the Blythes for a few weeks during the summer on their farm and soon after, Sputnik arrives. Sputnik is an alien with powers who warns that the earth will shrink if they don’t complete his list of ten worthwhile things on earth.

Overall it was a bit unrealistic, for example Prez is led to believe that he will go back to live with his Grandfather once he is ‘sorted out’ when in fact he is probably suffering from Dementia or something similar. But I did enjoy this book the most out of all the Carnegie books I have read this year because it was lighter and more humorous: I just think it is for younger readers.

Posted on: 4th June 2017 at 03:13 pm

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