Pleskit and Tim’s plan to prank a bully goes horribly awry in this second book of the hilarious, fast-paced, and accessible sci-fi series Sixth-Grade Alien from the bestselling author of Aliens Ate My Homework, Bruce Coville.
All Pleskit Meenom wants to do is fit in on his new planet. But bullies like his classmate Jordan Lynch make it clear he never will. Not even taking a trip to the mall and getting some Earth-style clothing is enough to stop Jordan’s teasing or blend in at school. After one dig too many from Pleskit’s bully, Pleskit and his best friend Tim decide to teach Jordan a lesson.
So they borrow a shrinking ray from the embassy. Shrinking rays are tricky machines, and this one turns out to be more than the boys can handle. Instead of cutting a mean kid down to size, they end up making Tim and their teacher Ms. Weintraub no bigger than a pair of pencils!
If word gets out of this misuse of alien technology, it could ruin Pleskit’s mission. But how can you hide the fact that you’ve shrunk your teacher?
Chapter 1: A Letter Home
CHAPTER 1 [PLESKIT] A LETTER HOME FROM: Pleskit Meenom, on the deeply weird Planet Earth
TO: Maktel Geebrit, on my beloved Planet Hevi-Hevi
After my first week on Earth, I thought things might settle down a little.
Guess what? The next two weeks were just as difficult. What makes it even worse is that while the problems the first week were not my fault, this time the whole mess happened because I did something stupid. Really stupid.
Why do things always get so out of control for me? I sure didn’t mean to shrink Ms. Weintraub. I wouldn’t even have brought the Molecule Compactor to school if I hadn’t been so desperate and angry.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
The whole mess started because my new friend Tim decided we should try to get me to be a little more “cool.”
I know the translator is going to have a problem with this word cool because it is not like anything we have on Hevi-Hevi. As near as I can figure out, it has to do with getting people to like you because you are (a) different and (b) just like them. If you think this is confusing, just be glad you don’t have to try to be cool yourself. It’s very tiring. Except Linnsy, my other new friend, says it doesn’t work to try being cool anyway. Either you are, or you aren’t.
This being “cool” seems to be one of the great mysteries of life here. I have not figured it out yet, but working on it led to my most recent problem.
I’ve written out the whole story for you. Actually, Tim and I wrote it together, just like last time. You’ll find it in the attached files.
Tim is turning out to be a really good friend. But please do not worry; that does not mean you are not still my friend, too. I hope you can visit soon! Even if this planet is strange and scary, it can be kind of fun.
Bruce Coville has published more than one hundred books, which have sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster’s Ring. Bruce also founded Full Cast Audio, a company that creates recordings of the best in children’s and young adult literature. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Katherine. Visit him at BruceCoville.com.
Award-winning illustrator Glen Mullaly’s retro-styled illustrations and comics-inspired fun can be found in print and online in mass market children’s and educational books, comics, magazines, advertising, and editorial and promotional material, as well as on posters, stickers, and greeting cards. His puzzle and papercraft work for McDonald’s is seen by more than one million young people across the US and Canada monthly. Other clients have included Simon & Schuster, Dark Horse Comics, Peaceable Kingdom, and the Bank of Canada. He’s worked with legendary comics artist Ken Steacy on a dozen Star Wars children’s books, and their Star Wars comics for kids have recently been reprinted by Marvel Comics in graphic novel format. Visit him online at GlenMullaly.com or on Facebook at Glen Mullaly Illustration.