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Emily, Our Lady's Abingdon (OLA)

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

I don't really know what to say about this book as in some ways I really enjoyed it but in others I found it a bit young for me. Really, it is a good book but not one I would ever have chosen to read.
Sputnik's Guide to life on Earth is about Prez, who is staying with the Blythes over the summer as he lives in temporary. While he is there, an alien (though everyone except Prez see him as a dog) called Sputnik arrives and starts turning what was set to be a boring summer into a very exciting one. But Sputnik isn't just there to have fun. He's there to save the planet from being shrunk by Planetary Clearance. To do this, he must find a list of 10 new Wonders of the World. However, Sputnik's ideas are quite different from Prez's…

The main themes running through this book are friendship and home. There is an important message that you can be friends with anyone, they don't even have to be the same species as you. Also, it talks about home. Does home have to be where you live? Does it have to be a house? Or even a place?

This book is bizarre but funny. It combines fact with sci-fi and fiction to make an enjoyable read. However, it does seem odd that this book for 7+ should be on the shortlist. I would rate it 7/10 as it was good, but just not really the most suited to my age.

Posted on: 12th June 2017 at 04:51 pm

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