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Runaway Alien: A Science Fiction Adventure for Kids [Kindle Edition]

Alec Eberts , Paul Smith-Goodson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Your kids will love the story and the characters.


"Runaway Alien is exciting, suspenseful, humorous, and educational - my kids beg me to read more! You can't go wrong with this one - Excellent!!!"

"Its great SF fun with a touch of goofy kid stuff and charming characters that force you to like them."

"My grandchildren are loving it. And frankly, so is the kid inside me."

"Funny, witty and smart read! My son won't put the book down!"


"ET meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

RDex is a runaway, but not your typical runaway. He's a young alien who has stolen a starship in order to rescue his teacher, who he thinks is being held as a prisoner on earth. After crashing on earth, RDex is befriended by two middle graders,Tommy and Hawk. RDex lives in a shed in Hawk's backyard, where he watches old cowboy movies for entertainment and drinks cans of oil to quench his thirst. When Tommy and Hawk disguise RDex as a human and bring him to class, that's when things get complicated.

A children's Science Fiction & Fantasy adventure book that will appeal to kids between 6 and 12. Be prepared for a nonstop adventure. Runaway Alien is filled with mind-bending twists and unearthly surprises. It's a book your children won't want to put down.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Runaway Alien is a children's science fiction novel was started when Alec was in the third grade and we finished it when he was half-way through the 4th grade.  He's currently in middle school.

Because my wife and I live close to my youngest daughter, Alec's mother, I was fortunate to be able to read bedtime stories to Alec on a regular basis.  The bedtime stories turned into chapter books that gradually crept up in reading level. Alec seemed to enjoy stories and books with a science fiction bent, so by mid-way through the 2nd grade our "bedtime story" morphed into reading chapters from a 400+ page novel (Dean Koontz - Watchers) that was heavily edited to a G-rating as I read to him.  It took about 5 months, but we finally finished reading the book.

It was then that a young author emerged and Alec decided he wanted to write a book.  Instead of reading bedtime books we used the time to work on a book: chapter outlines, character development, and funny things that happened in our protagonists' daily lives.  Alec was a full partner in producing Runaway Alien

We have started the sequel, Runaway Alien: Time Tunnel, which promises to be an action packed middle-grade adventure novel with cavemen, dinosaurs, and aliens - just about everything in a book that kids love. Unlike the first book, the two boys (Hawk and Tommy) will be sharing center stage with a girl, Dee Dawn Steele.

Dee Dawn is a classmate who made her small debut in the first book.  Dee Dawn loves snakes and wants to be a professional fighter when she grows up.  Her plans are to somehow incorporate snakes in her fighting career.  On the first day of school, she let Hawk feel the muscle in her arm.  Hawk admitted to being a bit shocked, not because she let him feel her muscle, but because her muscle was almost as big as his dad's.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2096 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469950006
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PLA Publishing (January 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006W1ULHI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Praise of Good Books for Kids & 'Tweens October 10, 2012
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I spent a dozen years working with junior high aged kids. During that time I was asked to review and endorse many books targeted to kids and 'tweens (grades 3 - 7). Sadly, I found far too many books that were embarrassingly sub-par for that audience. It was rare to find a truly good book that was age appropriate but respected the reader enough to not talk down to them.

Runaway Alien is a rare find! It combines a good plot, good pacing, memorable characters, and just enough suspense to keep the young reader coming back. The humor and true-to-life point of view of the grade-school-aged lead characters gives it authenticity that will pass the smell-test with discerning young readers. (I do hope the next book builds up a girl character so the two boys can have a Hermione to their Harry and Ron duo.)

I wondered how the author could capture the recess playground reasoning of kids so well. The answer to that revealed one of my favorite things about this book. It is written by an author duo of grandson (grades 3 and 4 during the writing) and his grandfather (a retired corp. executive). Brilliant!

The story ends with an obvious lead in to the next book in the series. I hope they use their summer vacations to capture the authenticity of the young author's voice to get as many sequels done as possible.

Parents and teachers should get this book for the kids they love. I believe the kids, especially those hard-to-buy-for grade school boys, will enjoy this book very much.

Connie Neal, author of many books found at
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...made my cranky son like sci-fi! May 3, 2012
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Like most kids, my 10 year old wants nothing to do with reading. He LOVED this book, had to get a sci-fi novel for a class project. There was nothing out there he liked and so I found this on amazon. We own the kindle version and the print now, and just LOVE this book. He's even making a board game based on it, and now he's a sic-fi fan. Thanks to this amazing awesome author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Entertaining Read October 4, 2012
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Runaway Alien is a thoroughly entertaining read. I enjoyed reading it with my 11 year old son and he loved the story and characters. He is fascinated with all things space and robots so the characters and their adventure held his attention from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By David
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Great story. I wish part 2 came out. I would read it right away and it would probably still have me wanting more from this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny and exciting read October 9, 2012
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My daughter (aged 10) thoroughly enjoyed this book, her school was recently visited by children's author Stuart Reid and she's been reading anything she could get her hands on since.
She told me the book was funny and exciting and she'd like to read more like it, she's already recommended it to her friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for kids and adults. September 29, 2012
By LA321
Format:Kindle Edition
I had flashbacks to ET. This is a great bed time story for kids. I laughed and was at the edge of my seat wondering what would happen to Tomahawk next!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kept my kids asking for more July 20, 2012
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I downloaded this book on a whim, thinking it would be fun to read my kids a book on my iPad. Of course, there are no pictures... that wasn't the point.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much the kids enjoyed the book, always asking for "Just one more chapter, PLEASE!"

The sections from the point of view of the alien contain language too advanced for the kids, but I think that was done purposely, and those sections are very short.

Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story except for several mistakes January 5, 2014
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I loved the plot because it involved cybernetics. I liked Tommy 's expressions. It was an interesting book. It, however, contained several grammatical errors that looked like typos and poor editing. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Review by a 7 yr. Old boy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book
This book put my imagination in a frenzy of wonderful thoughts!!! It kept me wanting more. I cant wait to read the next book.
Published 2 months ago by JB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This was a good book and it was also cool to see things at a robot`s point of view but most of the action came at the end.
Published 12 months ago by 2hungryboys
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Scientific Book
I only read the preview and planning on reading the entire thing soon. So far this books sounds amazing and hilarious and interesting.
Published 15 months ago by Ashurii
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
I love this book. It gets so juicy and interesting towards the end. I can't wait to read the next book. SO EXCITED!
Published on January 14, 2013 by Claire Place
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
It was good book I liked it a lot. When I red the first 5 pages of the book I loved it. I recommend this book if you like reading sci-fi books. Read more
Published on January 1, 2013 by Joshua Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next book in the series
I loved science fiction as a kid, and I still do. Back then, there was precious little to read if you were 10 or 12. Read more
Published on October 17, 2012 by Maggie Percy
5.0 out of 5 stars My grandsons will love this book
This is a charming book which I'll read to my grandsons when they visit next weekend. I will also point out to them that the author is in 4th grade. Read more
Published on October 1, 2012 by jcalligaro
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More About the Author

Alec Eberts and his grandfather, Paul Smith-Goodson, started Runaway Alien in early 2011 and finished writing most of it during the summer of that year. After working on a suitable ending for the remainder of 2011, they finally published it in January 2012.

Alec's hobbies are reading, golf, soccer, basketball, and football. He also enjoys online games, especially Wizard 101 and Free Realms.

Alec's grandfather, Paul, retired from the corporate world in 1996. He has been married to Alec's grandmother, Joan, for 46 years. In addition to Alec, they have nine other grandchildren.

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