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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Alien in My Pocket (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062216236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062216236
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 2–5—Another normal school year is about to start for fourth grader Zack McGee until a small blue alien crash lands in his bedroom. In Blast Off!, Amp the alien stows away in Zack's backpack and joins him at school while Zack tries to figure out a way to repair Amp's ship. This proves most difficult for Zack who, unlike his overachieving scientist family, would rather spend time on the baseball diamond. His neighbor and best friend, Olivia, helps explain the science behind the story. The chapters are short and delightful pencil drawings accompany the text. Ball integrates real science in a refreshing way. In the second installment, The Science UnFair, Zack faces failing science if he does not get an A on his science project. He must also prevent Amp's identity from being exposed. When the day of the science fair comes, Zack's experiment works almost a little too well and all but destroys the science fair finals. The first book includes step-by-step instructions for creating a bottle rocket, while the second book offer instructions for constructing electromagnets. The science is aligned to the Common Core standards as well. Both titles will likely have appeal to even the most reluctant reader.—Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TX --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A four-inch-tall alien has crash-landed in Zack McGee's bedroom, and now it's up to Zack to help the alien in his pocket find his way back home.

Like every book in the Alien in My Pocket series, Blast Off! mixes Common Core–aligned science and safe, hands-on experiments with hilarious stories that young readers will love.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nymeria on February 3, 2014
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Blast off was an engaging read, even as a grown up! Lots of fun to read, with great science facts sprinkled throughout and a well explained science experiment at the end for those interested in following in the footsteps of Zack, Amp, and Olivia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2014
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Ball creates a genuinely entertaining narrative as Zack McGee must save Earth from a pending intergalactic attack by helping his new-found alien friend return home while simultaneously dealing with the havoc having an alien in ones pocket causes. Ball transforms the typical elementary school woes of school work, principal trips, and bullies into a hilarious yarn that only a four-inch alien with some mischievous powers could cause. Amongst the comedy, Ball manages to slip in some science and engineering know-how. Directions to build a bottle rocket are included so you can have your own rocket launching adventure (although there is a lack of instructions regarding how to acquire your own small, blue alien).
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By PJ on February 6, 2014
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This is a page turner for your elementary age kiddo. My 9 year old son couldn't stop reading it. Be warned, if you order this one... you may as well order the second one at the same time because he/she will want it. Enjoy watching your little person reading this book. Lots of science fun!!
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