Star Scouts by Mark Lawrence

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Star Scouts by Mark Lawrence

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On March 23, 2017, Bonny Slope is welcoming author Mark Lawrence to speak with the students. We are very excited to welcome him to our school. Powell’s bookstore is helping make this happen for our community. They are offering his newest book, pre-ordered before the assembly, at a discounted rate.

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Book Description

Avani is the new kid in town, and she s not happy about it. Everyone in school thinks she s weird, especially the girls in her Flower Scouts troop. Is it so weird to think scouting should be about fun and adventure, not about makeovers and boys, boys, boys?

But everything changes when Avani is accidentally abducted by a spunky alien named Mabel. Mabel is a scout too a Star Scout. Collecting alien specimens (like Avani) goes with the territory, along with teleportation and jetpack racing. Avani might be weird, but in the Star Scouts she fits right in. If she can just survive Camp Andromeda, and keep her dad from discovering that she s left planet Earth, she s in for the adventure of a lifetime.

Review

Avani Patel has a serious case of new kid blues and the fact that her father has signed her up for a local Flower Scouts troupe only makes matters worse. But Avani winds up joining another group of scouts altogether after she’s abducted by an enthusiastic blue alien named Mabel who is working on her Star Scouts “collection badge.”Avani happily ditches Flower Scouts to spend time in space with Mabel and her troupe but these new friendships are challenged during a week at Camp Andromeda where Avani accidentally ignites a rivalry between her troupe and a group of methane breathing scouts (aka “toot breathers”). As Avani attempts to win teleportation jetpack racing and other competitions Lawrence (Muddy Max) delivers a madcap extraterrestrial adventure with no shortage of parallels to more terrestrial scouting activities. Gross out jokes abound from recurring gags about “xenoscatology badges” to the robots built by parrotlike Star Scout Steve which include GOOSE (“all it does is pinch people on the bum”) and the Biometric Ultra Techno Tool or BUTT. It’s an exciting laugh a minute story that plainly reveals the rewards of teamwork whatever planet one calls home. Ages 8–12. Agent: Kelly Sonnack Andrea Brown Literary. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."