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Alien Secrets Hardcover – August 1, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

After being expelled from boarding school, 13-year-old Puck travels alone to the planet Aurora, where she is to join her parents. During the intergalactic journey, she is caught up in a web of murder, intrigue and smuggling surrounding an alien named Hush and an artifact stolen from him. Both Puck and Hush are exceptionally well drawn and appealing, as are many of the secondary characters. The villains, however, are not quite as convincing nor as well motivated. Klause ( The Silver Kiss ) has done an extraordinary job of imagining Hush's culture and his pain at having lost the artifact, but her story suffers from problems of pacing. It takes Klause almost half the novel to establish all the plot points needed to generate real suspense, and after that leisurely set-up, the author moves too quickly, blurring details and trampling on what could have been exquisite moments. Ages 10-14.
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From Kirkus Reviews

The author of the extraordinary The Silver Kiss (1990: a girl and a vampire in love) creates sure-fire entertainment for younger readers by melding at least four classic scenarios. Seventh-grader Robin Goodfellow (``Puck''), expelled in disgrace, heroically redeems herself en route to her parents...who are elsewhere in the universe, so events take place on a spaceship on which ``Hush''--a lovable, elongated gray ``Shoowa''--is going home after years of enslavement by Grakks, one of whom almost gains control of the ship...which is haunted by a host of Shoowa ghosts (also the foul work of the Grakks) that Puck and Hush hope to free so they can find peace on their own planet...but, meanwhile, the passengers and crew include (along with the disguised Grakk, who's after a powerful totem that Hush wants to return to his people) smugglers and plainclothes police, in the best whodunit tradition. Klause juggles all this with admirable aplomb while devising a poetically literal manner of speech for Hush, deftly creating memorable characters (whose playfully referential names can be red herrings), writing wonderfully suspenseful scenes (page one is a sure hook), and slipping in some thoughtful, quite beautifully written passages. Klause obviously has more resources than she's using here. What next? Meanwhile, this is great fun. (Fiction. 10-14) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (August 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385309287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385309288
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,246,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By miss fortune on April 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love each of Annette Curtis Klause's 3 books. My only complaint is that there are not more available! That said, I feel that Alien Secrets is an outstanding book. I agree, it is not as literary as Blood & Chocolate or the Silver Kiss. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. And this book is a lot of fun! While there is a good deal of mystery and suspense, it also manages to delve deeper and explore the motivations of the main character, Puck. I particularly like Klause's use of an alien to explore alienation, rather than the vampire or werewolf in her other books. And as in her other books, the main character (Puck) is growing up, finding herself, becoming self-reliant. It is a wonderful process to read, and a great book. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vishad on August 31, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Heck, I'm 20 and I still marvel at Annette Curtis Klause's abilites as a writer. She is wonderful. I read this book when I was 12 years old and have never regretted it; no matter what age, if you have an imagination you'll love this novel. Children will be captivated by the wonderfully drawn characters and the rich scifi drama. If they ever make a movie or TV drama out of this, I'll hope it turns out half as good as the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Puck, a teenaged girl, takes a haunted spaceship to Aurora. Onboard Hush, a double-jointed alien with a conehead, loses his prize possesion, the Soo. The Soo is a shimmering crystal-like object. Puck and Hush, who are now friends, have some very strange encounters, including coming across one of Hush's enimies, on their journy to find the Soo. The Grakk, Hush's enemy, threatened to kill anyone who tried to stop her from getting off the ship. This book gave me a mixture of feelings. Some part are funny, some exciting, some sad:but all good. From page one I was hooked. This book is athrilling sci-fi adventure. I recomend it to all young readers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Myra VINE VOICE on January 17, 2003
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This is about a girl named Robin Goodfellow - a name she really doesn�t like (for people keep quoting Shakespeare to her), but she does like the nickname which goes along with it, Puck. Puck gets expelled from school (seventh grade, I think), and so then is going to go to the planet Shoon (as know by the natives) to be with her parents. On board, mysteries arise. Puck befriends a Shoowa, who is also going home in shame, but because he lost (it was stolen) a precious relic of his people. Puck decides to help Hush, and together, they must find out who stole the Soo, and where it is.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alanna Solo on January 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Good book! Puck has been expelled from boarding school and she's not sure her parents are going to be happy about that. But on the journey to Soowan where har parents are researching, she has the time of her life! While on the Cat's Cradle she befriends an alien Hush,who is going home to Shoowan, and he's in trouble! The most sacred item of his people has been stolen! And Hush thinks it is aboard the Cat's Cradle! Puck joins his search to find the Soo and deliver it back saftly to Shoowan! Puck had better be careful though, she might not come saftly herself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 6, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book alien secret is a book that has suspense that builds up in the story and it also has mystery. This is a great book for anyone who likes to read. This book is also one of the greatest books that I have ever read. So if you like book full of mystery and suspense I highly recommend this one. My favorite part of the book is fantastic the way she makes you feel as if you are in the story or traveling in space. Puck is traveling in space by herself when she meets two women MZ.Florette and MZ.cubek and she started traveling with them to different planets. If you are wandering why she was alone and the first place was because her parents are on a space shuttle there and she is trying to see them because she is expelled from regular school. On board puck is friends with hush a native Shoowa who is also returning home in shame he was in susted with the soo, a symbol of freedom for his people, and now it has been stolen. Puck believes the soo is hidden somewhere on the ship. She and hush must find it before they reach Shoon. Where she will soon meet her parents on another planet. My favorite part was when puck first met MZ. Florette and MZ. Cubek and then they started talking about why puck got suspended and got sent to space. The setting of the story was outer space and a galaxy mood to help the reader understand how the characters feel about their situation. About every ones problems pucks problem is she got expelled hush lost the symbol of peace. ]

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. on November 29, 2000
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When Puck is expelled from her school on Earth for bad grades, she sent to live with her parents who are studying alien life on Aurora. She know's they'll be dissapointed in her so she's not in the best of moods when she boards the Cats Cradle (the ship) until she meets Hush. Hush is an alien from the planet Shoo. WHen she makes friends with him she learns about the Soo, something very precious to Hush's people that he lost. If she can help Hush find the Soo he won;t return home in shame. But she's not the only one that wants it. And if she get's in it's way she might not make it off the ship alive.
In my opinion this was a great book. SOmething that anyone can enjoy. I myself usually stick to stories about just the supernatural, and if it was by anyone else than Annette Curtis Klause I would have never picked it up. Now I'm glad I did! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
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