Summer Reading

a brief stay

Book Two complete! A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp by Marie C. Collins


Once you find out your mother is an alien, what ISN’T possible?!

That’s what 12-year-old Anne and 10-year-old Atticus Reade want to know. Minutes after learning that their mother is from the planet Farbookonia and that their parents’ secret project has put them all in danger, the children are wrenched from their sheltered existence in the Midwest and whisked off to a safe sleep-away camp in New Jersey — each with a tiny, protective “Globot” on one shoulder.

Painfully aware they’re not like the others at camp, Anne and Atticus do their best to fit in while concealing their alien background and the “special talents” that go with it. But everything is so new to them, they have a hard time sorting reality from fiction. Quirky campers, campfire ghost stories, a bizarre camp director, Anne’s mysterious dreams, and Atticus’s unusual animal encounters are all equally disturbing.

Just as they start getting the hang of life among young Earth humans, a broadcast on the Rec Hall TV shakes things up, and things that are truly strange emerge from normal newness. It turns out Anne and Atticus — and their new friends — may not be safe at camp after all.

After meeting Marie C. Collins at one of my first author events, I finally got the chance to read her work. Just glancing at the first few pages you can tell how well thought out Collins built her world. The incredible effort put into this story is one of the reasons I loved it! My favorite part about reading is knowing that the authors actually care about their work and it is clear in A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp that the author poured herself into her work. There’s world building and then there’s extreme world building which is what Collins has done and it is something that will appeal the books age group. It’s a refreshing read and I really enjoyed the fact that, even though the kids went to camp in New Jersey, most of the kids weren’t from the US. Three cheers for diversity! The ‘Globots’ were an interesting twist and provided a lot of humor, especially Bella. I think my favorite part is when Annie starts dancing to music in her head, it was like reading second hand embarrassment.

This is a great read for middle grade kids, if you enjoy Percy Jackson, you’ll love this book!

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