The Rudest Alien on Earth
By Jane Leslie Conly
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805060690, 272pp.)
Publication Date: September 2002
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Earth isn’t just another planet—it might be a place to call home
In Oluu’s world, the young are programmed to take advice from the Wise Ones, load it into their systems, and follow it. Oluu does not always run so smoothly, and the Wise Ones worry about her carelessness. In spite of these concerns, Oluu is given a chance to redeem herself when she is sent on a research mission to Earth. This time, however, she must follow rules, or face the consequences.
Oluu takes on several different forms while she begins to learn about life on Earth. When she first meets Molly Harkin, she is an energetic Border collie, and although Molly tries to look out for her new and unusual dog friend, Oluu gets into trouble before long and must choose a new form. She spends time as a bird, and, to Molly’s delight, as a pony. But no matter which form she takes, Oluu can’t seem to help attracting dangerous attention. When a boy named Jack becomes a little too interested in a certain pony, Molly doesn’t know whether she’ll ever see either of them again.
Jane Leslie Conly is a best-selling author whose works include the critically acclaimed Trout Summer (an ALA Notable and Best Book for Young Adults), and While No One Was Watching. She is also the author of the Newbery Honor book, Crazy Lady!, as well as Racso and the Rats of NIMH, which is a sequel to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, the Newbery Medal–winner written by her father, Robert C. O’Brien.