The Not-So-Perfect Planet by Pamela F. Service
(Way-Too-Real Aliens)

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Josh Higgins has an alien gizmo that lets him think his way to other planets—and he does NOT want to use it. But his sister Maggie won't stop bugging him, so he agrees to an off-world vacation. Josh dreams up a planet full of blue oceans, white beaches, and sunny weather. And he prepares for everything...well, almost.

A parade of cranky creatures soon spoils Josh and Maggie's perfect getaway—including a one-horned beast, a sharp-toothed sea princess, and a two-tailed monkey. The planet's locals just can't get along, and Josh and Maggie find themselves caught up in the squabbling.

As the Earth kids rush from one danger to another, will they discover a way to keep the peace? Or will Josh and Maggie become prisoners of the not-so-perfect planet?

About Pamela F. Service

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Pamela Service grew up in Berkeley, California, and spent three years in England studying archaeology. She, her husband, Bob, and their daughter, Alex, lived for years in Bloomington, Indiana, where she worked as a museum curator, served on the City Council, and wrote. Now back in California, she has published over 20 children's books, works as a museum director in Eureka, acts in community theater, and is still writing. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published April 1, 2012 by Darby Creek. 160 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The plot is no more than a set of loosely connected set pieces, but readers may find the burgeoning corps of somehow–familiar-sounding furred, scaled, winged, finny and even stone whiners amusing, and budding writers may take both Service’s indirect advice about verbal precision and her embedded ...

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