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This is officially one of my favorite books of the year It manages to be funny, topical, and clever all in one It s short, but very impactful I can t wait to read it with students This book was a lot smarter than I thought it was going to be With the cover image featuring two large aliens that look like giant insects, I assumed it would just be goofy fun but it was so much Refugees who thought they were welcome find themselves suddenly vilified by the current government Forced to prove they are good creatures even though the news says they are clearly bad based on footage seen 20 years ago Definitely taking this with me for booktalks to upper elementary and middle school. @FREE E-PUB ⚷ Were Not from Here õ Imagine Being Forced To Move To A New Planet Where YOU Are The Alien From The Creator Of The Tapper Twins, New York Timesbestselling 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 HomeThat 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 Richie s Picks WE RE NOT FROM HERE by Geoff Rodkey, Random House Crown Books for Young Readers, March 2019, 256p., ISBN 978 1 5247 7304 5 President Trump on Tuesday said that the nuclear launch button on his desk is much bigger and powerful than that of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that his button actually works The Hill 1 2 2018 Show some emotionOpen your heartSet free an oceanOnly a feeling can save us now Celine Dion 1992 Then Naya and I joined Ila, my parents, and 1,018 other people on the shuttle up to the transport that waited in low orbit to take us to Planet Choom The living conditions on the transport were even worse than the Mars station nobody had their own compartment, and we all had to sleep in our bio suspension pods, which were in one giant room together.Fortunately, we were only on the transport for two days before we all went into suspension and woke up the next morning or twenty years later, depending on how you looked at it in a solar system sixty trillion miles away, ready to start a new life on Choom.But there was a problem During the twenty years we were asleep, the aliens had changed their minds about us The premise is pretty intense Earth has been rendered uninhabitable by nuclear warfare 2,400 humans out of nine billion managed to escape to a space station on Mars But supplies quickly diminish, and the life support systems begin failing A portion of the Mars group decides to return to Earth, hoping against reality that they will survive They don t Another portion of the survivors decides to head to unpopulated Novo in hopes they can sufficiently tweak that planet s biosphere in order to live there They can t The remaining 1,018 head for Choom, where four species coexist The humans communicate primarily with the planet s majority species, the Zhuri, who look like giant mosquitoes The Zhuri invite them to come settle on Choom.But the Zhurian political landscape changes over the twenty years that the humans are rocketing there in a bio suspension state When the earthlings arrive, revive, and are orbiting Choom, they learn that the current Zhuri leadership, which appears fundamentalist and authoritarian, has decided that the human species is too violent and emotional to live among them They vow to vaporize the humans if they attempt to land.When the humans communicate to the Zhuri representatives that they have no fuel or supplies to go elsewhere, that they will perish unless they are permitted to stay, the Zhuri government decides that they will open the planet to one human productive unit, in order to see whether it can work to let the humans immigrate The test case family will be our narrator, Lan, his sister the young phenom singer Ila, and their parents The future of humanity hinges on their success Things don t start out very well for the family There is the equivalent of a violent protest upon the family s arrival They barely escape back into the shuttle in one piece They are eventually provided protection and housing in a dwelling designed for the Ororo, a giant, pale blue, marshmallow shaped species Author Geoff Rodkey makes the most of the differences in shapes, sizes, and bodily functions between humans and their new planetary neighbors as the family has to adapt to accommodations that aren t designed for our species The Ororo toilets are a particularly humorous example of this And the two Earth kids are permitted to attend school, albeit with armed guards to keep an eye on their behavior.Lan and his sister are also assigned Zhuri classmates to shadow them Lan s classmate is not much fun Fortunately, Lan is soon befriended by two minority students, an Ororo female and a Krik The Krik look like werewolves Will the family succeed in their trial habitation on Choom and save the human race What happened to the fourth species, the Nug, who were there twenty years ago when the humans were invited to Choom, but who are now gone without a trace The Ororos are thousands of times intelligent than humans Might Lan s female Ororo friend Marf devise an even better solution for saving humanity WE RE NOT FROM HERE is an out of this world, thought provoking read with a good measure of humor It provides support for the notion that our children will be our salvation Richie Partington, MLISRichie s Picks I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley for an honest review Omg this was such a cute and interesting book I really liked the unique setting, and just found myself flying through this story This book is also extremely frustrating but in a way that makes you want to keep going to see how everything works out in the end Definitely in my top middle grade favorites of all time now Very pleasant and delightful reading Even adults may be interested in such kind of story, I hope and for children it s definitely a must read Sad that it has no sequel I d love to know what happened after the big finale Humorous and clever with multiple layers I think children will like the voice of the main character who struggles to fit in a world far different Maybe good for grades 4 and up Cybils 2019 finalist for middle grade speculative fiction Everyone agrees this was a very entertaining book. Lan and his family live on a Martian space station The earth is no longer hospitable and the space station is running out of food and oxygen So what s left of the human race reaches out to the planet Choom that is run by the Zhuri species After diplomatic efforts it is agreed that humans are welcome to join the Zhuri on the planet Choom But to get there they need to be placed in stasis as the journey takes twenty yearsFlash forward twenty years later and a new conservative government is in charge of Choom and they have rescinded the invitation to the humans and tell them to turn back It is agreed that one family unit can come down to the planet to have further discussions and Lan s family are chosen as the last hope of humanity to price to the Zhuri and the other species that live on Choom that humans would be a worthwhile addition to their society This was a wickedly smart kid s book It took the idea of immigration and all the fear and hostility that can come along with it and twisted it right on its head and made us humans the alien species seeking to share a new planet with a species that mistrusted us It smartly showed how truths could be twisted to lies and how fake news can be created It showed how when you don t understand the cultures of one species that anything unknown can be seen as aggressive and negative And it showed when your default position is fear and shutting down borders that you can truly miss out on how much life is enriched by diversity and inclusivity The thought process behind this book is simply genius But what s even better is that the book is filled with great characters and an exciting plot Lan is a hugely relatable character who could be any kid really and this makes for a very interesting main character And the imagination given to creating the various alien species really helps to create a unique and memorable read But most importantly this book is fun It s funny, filled with great jokes and smart dialogue which makes this book highly entertaining while also imparting a great moral message about acceptance of others four starsFor reviews and book related chat check out my blog