Greetings From Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley

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An extraordinary debut novel from the award-winning author of THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS and WALT WHITMAN.

If you had one minute to describe life on Earth, what would you say? It's 1977, and Theo and his class are creating a golden record inspired by the one Voyager 2 will carry into space as a greeting from Earth. But as Theo searches for an original answer to his teacher's question, other questions begin to surface: What happened to his father in Vietnam? And why has his mother been keeping secrets all these years?

In this unforgettable, innovatively constructed debut novel, Barbara Kerley shows us the beauty of outer space and the devastation of war.

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BARBARA KERLEY is the author of several award-winning picture books, including WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?, a Sibert Honor Book, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and an ALA Notable Book; and THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS, a Caldecott Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book. Her debut novel, GREETINGS FROM PLANET EARTH, was named a finalist for the California Young Reader Medal. She lives in Portland, Oregon. You can visit her at
Published April 1, 2007 by Scholastic Press. 256 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The upcoming Voyager 2 space probe sparks 12-year-old Theo's discoveries about life on earth in 1977.

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