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Jac McNulty, North Huddersfield Trust School

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

Prez goes to live on a farm in Stramoddie, to give him a break from ‘The Temporary’, where he has been sent to live since his Grandad hasn't been able to look after him properly. Along comes Sputnik, an alien whose mission it is to look after Prez and save the planet in the meantime by finding 10 things that will make the planet worth saving, which isn’t as easy as it sounds!

I had to read this because it was a Carnegie title and I thought it would be too ‘young’ and that I wouldn’t find it as hilarious as the cover was trying to suggest it would be. How wrong I was! I laughed all the way through this story. The children’s party with the lightsabre that doesn’t work because they just haven’t read the manual properly is just the start of a number of ridiculously funny (and mortally dangerous!) events that kept me completely hooked from start to finish.

At the end of it all, the story has a beautiful and touching finale which made me consider the importance and value that we place on family. It also made me think about just how enormous and wonderful the world is, but that you can also have an exciting time by going nowhere. This is an adventurous and funny read for all ages from about 7 to 97. You have to read it – it’s fab!

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 02:17 pm

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