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My Alien Penfriend Paperback – 17 Oct 2005
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Zmod was excited! He was actually in contact with an earthling called Darius- a boy living on a strange planet on the opposite side of the galaxy called Earth. Zmod had lots of questions about Earth - did it really only have one moon?! Was it true that people were able to live above ground?! The two children communicate across the galaxy and form a friendship in their quest to learn more about each other's planets. As unknown forces threaten his planet and put his life in danger Zmod discovers the importance of true friendship. In moments of boredom, be they running on a treadmill or listening to lectures at yet another scientific conference, Faiz often found his mind beginning to wander into the mysterious realms of outer space. As circumstances for these explorations increased, he found himself creating the mysterious planet of Bartoch, inhabited by the friendly alien child called Zmod. In his first fiction book "My Alien Penfriend", Faiz looks at how Zmod's growing intergalactic friendship with a child on Earth reveals the darker secrets of his home planet. Faiz lives happily far away from Bartoch in London, England with his wife.
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In moments of boredom, be they running on a treadmill or listening to lectures at yet another scientific conference, Faiz often found his mind beginning to wander into the mysterious realms of outer space. As circumstances for these explorations increased, he found himself creating the mysterious planet of Bartoch, inhabited by the friendly alien child called Zmod. In his first fiction book "My Alien Penfriend", Faiz looks at how Zmod's growing intergalactic friendship with a child on Earth reveals the darker secrets of his home planet. Faiz lives happily far away from Bartoch in London, England with his wife.
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Life on the planet Bartoch is about to undergo huge changes. Governments refusing the advice of a controversial scientist pay for this mistake with many lives and utter destruction of communities. Worry for his friend sets in during a communication shutdown with the planet and the depth of their friendship takes on a whole new meaning for both boys.
My Alien Penfriend is an interesting tale of two boys ranging in age from 11-15 who learn from each other by comparing differences and similarities of each other's planets and in the process, they develop a strong intergalactic friendship that will last a lifetime.
Author Faiz Kermani is a scientist by trade, and My Alien Penfriend is his first children's book. A fan of Roald Dahl, George Orwell and John Steinbeck, his style certainly reflects a love for space and children. This illustrated children's book is tidy package at 94 pages and retails for under $12 (US).
Many parents may find themselves reminiscing about their own childhood pen-pals and the excitement they felt waiting for each letter. Educators can use the book to encourage pen-pal writing with youth in other countries and improve creative writing skills.
~ Book Reviewer: Lillian Brummet - Co-author of the book Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment - Author of Towards Understanding, a collection of poetry. ([...]
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This book is about two boys the write to each other through spacemail. The boy Darius lives on Earth and it is 2286. Zmod lives on Bartoch. Darius has a dog named Ranger. Zmod has a glod named Darak. They talk about what is different between the plants.
Zmod tells Darius that they live underground. The planet also has two moons. The planet is run by Mind Complex.
Darius tells Zmod about earth and the World War Council. He tells him about all the things on earth like football and the Loch Ness Monster.
After spacemailing for over a year Darius doesn't hear from Zmod anymore. He is worried that something happened to Zmod. There was a volcano on Bartoch and many people were killed. Zmod lived but was separated from his family. Darak was lost.
Zmod writes to Darius and tells him all about it. Darius is very encouraging. Soon they meet in person.
I liked "My Alien Penfriend" because it was exciting and I wondered what was going to happen next. It was sad when Darius was concerned that he didn't hear from Zmod. The book teaches us about having friends and how important it is to have friends.
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (8/06)
Sometimes differences make for the strongest friendship as Zmod and Darius discover in "My Alien Penfriend". Faiz Kermani brings us a fantasy tale of two young boys corresponding by spacemail. This book is well written, interesting and an easy read.
Darius lives on planet Earth in the year 2286, Zmod lives on planet Bartoch. Both apply for space pen pals. Soon they are discussing the differences of their planets and lives. Darius has a pet dog, Ranger and Zmod has a pet glod, Darak.
Zmod tells Darius about rocks that can move on their own. The population must live underground due to "telecterium that destroyed the ground and killed many living things." The planet Bartoch has two moons, and is control by Mind Complex.
Darius tells Zmod about Earth and its government, the World War Council. He tells him about the different countries, football and most importantly the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster.
Soon the two are looking forward to more spacemail. They discuss school, vacations and parents. Although they are from different worlds they find they have a great friendship.
After corresponding for more than a year, Darius becomes concerned when several months pass without a message from Zmod. A volcano has erupted on Bartoch. Many of the inhabitants were killed. Zmod is rescued but separated from his family for a while. Darak saved Zmod's mother but Darak was lost.
Zmod turns to his space friend for comfort, "At least your spacemails might make me feel a bit better." Darius offers encouragement, "don't give up hope even if things seem very gloomy at the moment!" Eventually the two meet face to face. This is a friendship that will last forever.
What a delightful book. Zair has a wonderful light style of writing. His message is easy to identify, in our differences we have strengths. We can befriend those who are different from us. This book would be a great read for a primary student. I intend to share this one with my grandchildren.
Book received free of charge.