Think your school is strange? Feel like you don’t quite fit in?
Fourteen-year-old Sherman Capote is an Air Force brat used to moving schools. But he’s never been to a place like Groom Lake High, the high school for aliens at Area 51.
It’s a totally alien environment filled with cliques and bullies, but he makes friends with a gang of galactic misfits: Octo, a quick-witted Ventitent (a twenty-tentacled “octopus”), Houston, a moody robot, Sonya, a rebellious lizard, and Juliet, an omnipotent goddess. But when the school bully, Ned, initiates a War of the Worlds, Sherman and his new friends must set aside homework, first crushes and high school proms to save the world.
During the first lockdown in March 2020, I read the entire book, on YouTube, chapter by chapter…
All of the videos are here.
If you want to read the paperback or e-book, it’s available…
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In Canada: Buy from Amazon for Kindle
In Germany: Order from Random House
Alienated is absolutely smart, funny, and true. Which might sound unlikely for a story set in a school with a surly robot, a twenty-tentacled life form, and a crush-worthy omnipotent deity. But Jeff Norton knows kids, knows funny, and nails how otherworldly school life can be.
author Jon Scieszka
It’s funny and exciting and you don’t know what’s coming next.
beta-reader Jotha, aged 10
I absolutely loved this book and I recommend it not only to middle-graders, but to people of all ages. It’s a gem and it deserves to be in every child’s library. Diary Of A Difference blog
The story is set in Area 51 in America at a school for aliens from all over the galaxy. Sherman, the main character in the story, and his sister Jessica are the only humans in the school. I think this book is unusual, exciting and fun. Anyone who likes a mystery should read Alienated.
beta-reader Shaven, aged 9