Imagine being forced to move to a new planet where YOU are the alien! From the creator of the Tapper Twins, New York Times bestselling author Geoff Rodkey delivers a topical, sci-fi middle-grade novel that proves friendship and laughter can transcend even a galaxy of differences.
The first time I heard about Planet Choom, we'd been on Mars for almost a year. But life on the Mars station was grim, and since Earth was no longer an option (we may have blown it up), it was time to find a new home.
That's how we ended up on Choom with the Zhuri. They're very smart. They also look like giant mosquitos. But that's not why it's so hard to live here. There's a lot that the Zhuri don't like: singing (just ask my sister, Ila), comedy (one joke got me sent to the principal's office), or any kind of emotion. The biggest problem, though? The Zhuri don't like us. And if humankind is going to survive, it's up to my family to change their minds. No pressure.
Overcoming prejudice on an alien world
We’re Not From Here provides a unique take on the immigration experience from the perspective of a human family living as cultural ambassadors on an alien world. Rodkey paints a colorful world filled with various intelligent species, each with their own quirks and prejudices. Ultimately the story is about learning to overcome prejudice and finding a way to co-exist with people who may seem alien at first, but probably have more in common than not. It is a story filled with very relatable tension, suspense, warmth, and humor.
Dani Martineck’s narration is appropriately warm and easy to listen to. They deftly juggle a number of different colorful characters’ voices, and some alien sounds to boot!
Overall this was an entertaining listen and I think it will appeal to young listeners particularly.