Alien Secrets by Annette Curtis Klause

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Puck, expelled from yet another boarding school, is on her way back to her parents, who are doing alien research on Shoon.  She's worried because she hasn't seen them in years and now she's in trouble.

On board The Cat's Cradle, Puck befriends Hush, a native Shoowa, who is also returning to his home in shame.  He was entrusted with a symbol of freedom for his people, and now that treasure has been stolen.  He believes the Soo is hidden somewhere on The Cat's Cradle, and he must recover it before they reach Shoon and before it can be smuggled off the ship.  Puck is determined to help, even though it means putting her life in danger--danger from the crew, other passengers, and the ghosts who are haunting the ship.  If she fails, neither she nor Hush can return home with dignity.

About Annette Curtis Klause

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Annette Curtis Klause, a self-professed fan of horror, science fiction and fantasy, read her first vampire book when she was 14; it was Jane Gaskell's The Shining Narrow Grin. "I was enthralled," she says, and immediately began fantasizing about the book.Klause, who is currently head of children's services at the Aspen Hill Community Library in Maryland, had been a member of a biweekly writing group, mostly writing picture books, when the group's "mentor" encouraged her to write a novel. While deciding on a subject, she "remembered the vampires," and after years of work, and six rejections, her highly acclaimed The Silver Kiss was published. Her second novel, Alien Secrets, features a main character whom Klause calls "a rather feisty
Published January 1, 1993 by Bantham. 227 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Seventh-grader Robin Goodfellow (``Puck''), expelled in disgrace, heroically redeems herself en route to her parents...who are elsewhere in the universe, so events take place on a spaceship on which ``Hush''--a lovable, elongated gray ``Shoowa''--is going home after years of enslavement by Grakks...

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Klause ( The Silver Kiss ) has done an extraordinary job of imagining Hush's culture and his pain at having lost the artifact, but her story suffers from problems of pacing.

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This intergalactic murder mystery, according to PW, boasts ``exceptionally well-drawn and appealing'' main characters--a 13-year-old girl and her alien friend Hush.

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