A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.
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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.
- Appeals to relunctant readers
- Short chapters