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My Teacher is an Alien Paperback – 9 Oct 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (9 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006751571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006751571
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 2.6 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

'So now I know. My teacher's an alien. Even worse, he's come to earth to kidnap kids and take them into space! '

At least I'm not alone – I've got Peter Thompson with me. I just don't know if that's comforting or worrying. For all his brains, Peter's never been much good in a crisis. But he's the only help I have and somehow we have to figure out a way to get rid of the alien before he takes off with the whole of our class. To be perfectly honest, I don't even know where to begin.

--This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.

About the Author

Bruce Coville has published more than one hundred books, which have sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster's Ring. Bruce also founded Full Cast Audio, a company that creates recordings of the best in children's and young adult literature. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Katherine. --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.

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When I come across a title such as this, I just have to take a look at the book for myself; when I find that there are three additional books forming a whole series based on the whole alien teacher concept, I have to read them all; I don't care if it's classified as "children's literature" because, to be frank, there are a lot of good "children's literature" books out there these days. With books such as this, by authors as engaging and gifted as Bruce Coville, aimed primarily at a fourth to sixth grade reading audience, it is harden to imagine that many kids just do not have any interest in reading. Heck, I'm an adult, and I loved this book. It's neither too long nor too short, puts believable characters in an extraordinary situation, mixes humor with warmth and intelligence, and - in case you missed it - features a substitute teacher who is in fact a reptilian alien in disguise. What's not to like here?
This first person story is told by Susan Simmons, your ordinary sixth grader. She has been looking forward to the final weeks of the school year because her teacher, Ms. Schwartz, is going to have the children stage a play. She is soon shocked to learn that Ms. Schwartz is not coming back; to make matters worse, the new teacher, Mr. Smith, has no interest in staging plays or teaching in his predecessor's unconventional but highly effective (i.e., fun) style. Susan doesn't like Mr. Smith at all, and like many a kid before her eventually finds herself in a bind thanks to a note she wrote in class. In her attempt to get the note back, she discovers that Mr. Smith is actually an alien and that he has come here to take five students back with him to wherever he came from. What's a girl to do? No adult would ever believe her, and most kids would think she was joking.
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Format: Hardcover
A truly great series. I first read it was I was probably 11 or 12 (which is the target-audience). I loved them. I have read them probably 5 or 6 times. Coville is an excellent writer; this is one of his crowning achievements in children's literature. Now I am twenty. I pulled out my old dusty copies of these works, and as soon as I finish Hunt for the Autumn Clowns I'm going to take a quick trip down memory lane with this serious (before I tackle the Potter books and R. Jordan). This is a very well-constructed series. The first book is an absolute classic. Although the others are excellent, just like Lion, Witch, Wardrobe this will be the one everyone thinks of when they think of the series. It has classic elements of an alien trying to kidnap people to do experiments and testing on. Save in this (if I remember correctly) you don't know WHY he wants the people, or kids. Then we go to the second, My Teacher Fried My Brains. A very lovable sequel, it is here we get into the mind of Duncan Dougal, the bully in the first book. We find "poots", a Medusa-like alien, and machine that makes you perceive music/TV in yr head and makes you a zillion times smarter (the zillion being a rough estimate, of course ;)). And it seems, perhaps, there is something more to the aliens then at first they thought. Won't give any spoilers away, so don't worry. But there is a nice little surprise at the end. Then we get to the third volume, My Teacher Glows in the Dark. My personal favorite, it's set on the spaceship New Jersey. It introduced all sorts of nice imagery, and concepts I have used in my own writings (The URAT. Surgically installed device, so you can understand the other creatures on board.Read more ›
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With books such as this, by authors as gifted as Bruce Coville, it is harden to imagine that some kids just do not have any interest in reading. Heck, I'm an adult, and I loved these books. Neither too long nor too short, they put believable characters in an extraordinary situation, and they mix humor with warmth and intelligence. The series revolves around three pretty normal kids on Earth - the smart and brave Susan Simmons, nerdy dreamer Peter Thompson, and bully turned nice guy with newly-acquired brain-fried intelligence Duncan Dougal.

In My Teacher is an Alien, Susan is dismayed to discover that the new substitute teacher is actually an alien who has come here to take five students back with him to wherever he came from. What's a girl to do? She turns to Peter, a smart but unmotivated boy who eats, lives, and breathes science fiction. He doesn't exactly buy her story at first, but together they find enough evidence to convince him that she is telling the truth. Now all they have to do is rescue their original teacher, avoid being carried off into space by Mr. Smith, and somehow prove to even the most skeptical of adults that "we are not alone."

Duncan Dougal, class bully and somewhat questionable ally in the previous adventure, takes center stage in My Teacher Fried My Brain. Here, we see inside his unhappy life, come to understand why he lashes out at people the way he does, and admire his effort to turn over a new leaf in life with the help of an artificially-advanced intelligence.

The kids are now in seventh grade, and Duncan's first day is a rough one; as always, he finds trouble, and this time trouble reaches back and finds him as well. He makes a startling discovery - a discarded human hand.
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