By Cynthia DeFelice
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374399153, 160pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
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One day while running on the trail near his house in upstate New York, Owen McGuire meets a girl with startling green eyes and bloody cuts all over her body who seems to be utterly alone. Her name is Campion, after the wildflower that is an alien species in the area—alien meaning “from someplace else”—and Campion claims to come from someplace else entirely, a planet called Home. She plans to signal her parents to come pick her up in their spaceship. Owen agrees to help, and as he does, he feels happier than he has in a long time: his mother died a year and a half ago, and now he and his workaholic father live together like two planets on separate orbits, in a new house far from his friends. What will he do when Campion asks him to come with her into outer space, away from his lonely life on Earth?In this moving novel, two friendless kids search the night sky for something to believe in—but discover that they’ve found what they need right here on Earth.
Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling books for young readers, including The Ghost of Fossil Glen, Wild Life, The Missing Manatee, and Weasel. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, among numerous other honors. She lives in upstate New York.
“A beautifully written story of friendship, loyalty, and trust.”—Starred, School Library Journal
“DeFelice, as always, infuses her mystery story with heart and grounds it in details, so Owen, the natural setting, and (most of all) his companionable dog come to life.” —Horn Book
“Owen’s likable voice, the plot’s quick pace and the science fiction overtones make this a winner.” —Publishers Weekly
“Owen’s loneliness, his lingering feelings of loss over his dead mother and his relationship (or lack thereof) with his father are so realistically delineated.” —Kirkus Reviews