First Day on Earth

First Day on Earth
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November 01, 2011
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A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.

"We are specks. Pieces of dust in this universe. Big nothings.

"I know what I am."

Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Yet loving the world -- or, at least, an idea of the world.

Then he meets Hooper. Who says he's from another planet. And may be going home very soon.

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The Little Prince of the 21st Century
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Writing Style
First Day on Earth by Cecil Castellucci is a quick interesting read with short chapters. It is straight to the point without any side stories or over descriptiveness. Some readers might find that this makes it difficult to relate to the characters. Other readers will appreciate the story’s straightforwardness. I personally found the format refreshing. Some chapters are short with only a few sentences while others are close to verse format. The reader does not get bored.

Cecil Castellucci keeps the reader guessing about what really happened. Is this a science fiction novel or is it detailing the life a young teen struggling to stay in touch with reality? Does Mal make up this world to escape the horrible things at home?

Mal's voice is strong and honest; creating a main character that the reader believes and trusts. He reveals his thoughts and emotions on being the student most consider invisible. After reading the novel, it is quite possible, readers might take a closer look at people around them and realizing they are in fact real people with feelings and emotions.

First Day on Earth is a great choice for reluctant readers, those who wonder whether or not there might be life on other planets, or anyone who has ever felt alienated from their peers. Due to some language and drinking, I do think that this more a high school book than a middle school book. However mature middle school readers will enjoy this book immensely.
Good Points
- Fast moving
- Appeals to relunctant readers
- Short chapters
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