Summer on Earth
Persnickety Press / On sale online and at bookstores everywhere August 2017
The night that eleven-year-old Grady Johnson looked out his window and wished on a shooting star, his life changed forever.
Grady, his ma and his younger sister Luanne, are having a hard summer. His dad has died, and the family isn’t the same. Ma is trying her best, but Grady knows they don’t have enough money to get by.
The shooting star he saw was a space craft plunging to earth, and landing at the back of their farm. Extraterrestrial engineer Ralwil Turth has one goal, to fix his power drive and go back home. But things don’t go as planned. Stuck in human form, he gets to know Grady and his family as he works on their farm. He starts to learn about what it means to be human, and the exotic charms of this planet like the taste of potatoes, and how amazing bugs are. When he comes up with a plan to help Grady’s family, he is sure this will solve all their problems.
But when trouble comes, the family’s survival and Ralwil’s life are on the line. Can Grady find the courage to help his family and save his friend? Summer on Earth blends humor, adventure and heart to create an unforgettable story about finding home.
SUMMER ON EARTH is a fine way to start a middle-grader on science fiction. Taking place in the in 1978, there’s a farm family, an alien, some actual science and some psuedo-science, and a great deal of humor. Plus at its core it’s a sweet tale of first contact that is also about the welcome given a stranger, his integration in the family—that has the ring of truth in it, especially needed in these tough times. — Jane Yolen, Nebula Award Winning Author of Lost Girls.