By Jon Scieszka; Shane Prigmore (Illustrator); Francesco Sedita
(Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Hardcover, 9781416979517, 163pp.)

Publication Date: June 22, 2010

List Price: $14.99*
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2010 Kids' Next List
“Michael K is the new kid in the class, and he has been assigned to sit with Bob and Jennifer. But who are they really? It turns out that Earth is being invaded by aliens! Does Michael K want to be a SPHDZ? What about Agent Umber from AAA? And who is Major Fluffy? Will we all have to be SPHDZ to save the world? Using lots of graphic art, this story is fast paced, funny, and leaves you wanting more!”
-- Margaret Brennan Neville, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


The perfect combination of the age old experience of holding and poring over a physical book with newest media technology that kids love!

Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school. As if that wasn't hard enough, the kids he seems to have made friends with apparently aren't kids at all. They are aliens. Real aliens who have invaded our planet in the form of school children and a hamster. They have a mission to complete: to convince 3,140,001 kids to BE SPHDZ. But with a hamster as their leader, "kids" who talk like walking advertisements, and Michael K as their first convert, will the SPHDZ be able to keep their cover and pull off their assignment?

About the Author
Jon Scieszka is the National Ambassador for Children's Literature emeritus and the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books for kids, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Math Curse, Robot Zot!, and the Time Warp Trio series. Jon founded Guys Read to encourage a passion for reading among young boys, with the philosophy that boys love to read most when they are reading things they love. A former elementary school teacher, Jon lives in Brooklyn with his family.

Shane Prigmore is an accomplished professional in the animation, film, and illustration fields. Shane won an Annie Award for his design work on the stop motion feature Coraline". He has also contributed his numerous talents to such projects as: How to Train Your Dragon", The Croods", Rise of the Guardians", Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends", The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers", and The Iron Giant" name a few. Shane resides in Los Angeles.

Francesco Sedita studied writing at the Gallatin School of New York University. While at Gallatin, he was a Writing Fellow for Saturday Night Live and upon graduation he wrote and directed a show that ran Off-Off-Broadway for 5 years. Miss Popularity is his first book, published by Scholastic in 2007. Francesco is the Creative Director at Scholastic. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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