Pamela Service has written several short, fun science fiction series that are sure to appeal to those looking for easier chapter books. In earlier posts I’ve reviewed her Stinker from Space and Alien Agent series. Here’s the beginning of her latest, full of weird aliens and fast-paced adventure.
Escape from Planet Yastol (Way-Too-Real Aliens #1), by Pamela Service (lexile: 620; AR book level: 4.2; 102 pp)
Imagine you’ve written a pretty cool story about another planet and the aliens living there — cool enough to win your school’s annual writing contest and get published! THEN imagine discovering that everything you’ve imagined (in the book) is REAL!
That’s what happens to 11-year-old Josh Higgins. One day when he and his sister Maggie are walking home from school, they’re kidnapped by these weird blue guys, and then whisked away to the planet Yastol — the very place Josh wrote about! Turns out humans are the only creatures in the galaxy that can “channel” other places: they think they’re writing fiction, but it’s really true. And the blue villains want a precious resource Josh described in the book — but he and Maggie aren’t about to help them.
Of course Josh wrote the book — he knows Yastol. Can he use that knowledge to outwit the bad guys, find some help, and, most importantly, get back to Earth?
In the end, he and Maggie escape with the transportation device that brought them to Yastol, which sets the stage for more extra-terrestrial adventures in the sequels. The next two books so far:
The Not-So-Perfect Planet (lexile: 630; AR book level 4.1; 115 pp)
The Wizards of Wyrd World 3 (lexile: 700; AR book level 4.6; 112 pp)