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Transfer Student, Book 1 in the Starjump Series [Kindle Edition]

Laura A. H. Elliott
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"A page-turner of a Young Adult Science Fiction love story"
-The San Francisco Book Review | 4.5 out of 5 stars

"A spell-binding intergalactic tale of beauty & the geek."  
"a compelling sci-fi adventure that also reflects the lifestyle and dilemmas faced by today's teens, and the world as a whole." - KID'S BOOK CAPERS 
"An interesting intergalactic tale of identity and corporeal switching reminiscent of the moviesFreaky Friday and The Hot Chick." 
Two Worlds--Two Teens--One Wish
Rhoe and Ashley would never be friends. Even if they lived on the same planet. But, they'll become so much more. They'll transfer.
Earthling Ashley's world revolves around winning daily popularity contests at Beverly Hills High School and surfing competitions with sweet scholarship prizes that will finally help her break free of her control-freak mother. Meanwhile on planet Retha, Rhoe misses his dad, loves his mom's home-cooked Glechy crag with a side of ory sauce, is desperate to heal his sick brother and wants more than anything to win The Retha New Invention Competition. But Rhoe's invention teleports him across the universe with an unintended side effect, Ashley and Rhoe transfer. They swap lives when they make the same wish at the same time.
Popular-surfer-turned-boy-geek alien Ashley must handle life on Retha as Rhoe complete with webbed feet, low-gravity, and an obsession with Yuke, all the while being hunted by Rethan spies and resenting her hairy, flat chest. Boy-geek-turned-popular-surfer Rhoe must fit in at Beverly Hills High School as Ashley, compete in The Laguna Beach Invitational without becoming shark food, dodge boys' affections, cool his preoccupation with Tiffany and his new body, and find the healing rocks he believes will save his brother's life. 
If only it were that simple. Some wishes can't come true. Some have to. 
(THIS ENHANCED EBOOK CONTAINS LINKS TO THE MUSIC, STORIES, PHOTOS & VIDEOS THAT INSPIRED THE STORY.)
"surprising sub-plots" "fun and enjoyable book and i highly recommend it"- A.O. BILBLIOSPHERE "Excellent"


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"A page-turner of a Young Adult Science Fiction love story"
- The San Francisco Book Review

Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5




Ashley is a spoiled Beverly Hills brat. She and her BFF, Tiffany, are at the observatory on a school field trip. A galaxy away on Retha, Rhoe is planning to starjump. He needs to do that to save his brother, so sick he cannot speak. No one believes Rhoe can do it, but he is going to try, no matter how dangerous it is. His best friend, Yuke, tries to talk him out of it, but Rhoe is determined. Once alone, he sets up the scope and when he looks into it, something strange happens. On Earth, Ashley, at the same moment, looks into the telescope at Griffith Observatory. Moments later, she finds herself in what turns out to be Rhoe's body on Retha. Rhoe lands in Ashley's body on Earth. It seems hormones exist in both places, and they have a hard, but interesting, time adjusting to their new bodies. The adventures begin for both characters and each finds himself/herself falling in love with their new body's best friend, even though their bodies are the same sex as the friends. Yikes! Of course, the end goal for both is to get back to their own planets and body. No easy task, especially for Ashley who has no idea how she got to Retha. The two finally convince their best friends that they really aren't who they seem to be and let the love flow. Will they get back? Do they really want to get back? And then there are some really bad guys.



Laura A. H. Elliott has written a page-turner of a Young Adult Science Fiction love story. Although the start is slow, any teen, boy or girl, who likes Sci-Fi will like this book. The love story is just a nice bonus.

About the Author

I love writing about enchanted road trips, shadow worlds, and alien romance while eating lots of popcorn. I live in a tree house on the central California coast. After twenty-plus years as a freelance graphic designer/animator with clients including E! Entertainment Television and The Los Angeles Times, I crossed over into the world of publishing non-fiction and followed my heart to the world of fiction. You can find me on my blog Laurasmagicday.wordpress.com, on Facebook and @Laurawriting and on Goodreads too!


I'm the author of the Shadow Series & the Starjump Series. 13 on Halloween (Shadow Series #1) is about a girl who gets a birthday gift that's literally out of this world. I love this book because it takes a look at one girl's quest for popularity, no matter what the cost.  Shadow Slayer (Shadow Series #2), is my new release and is now available as an audiobook too.  I'm really excited about this book because Roxie is one year older and finds the agony of fitting in at high school nothing compared to saving the world from the shadow onslaught. Transfer Student (Starjump Series #1) is an intergalactic tale of beauty and the geek. This book is near and dear to me because it explores the greatest mystery in the galaxy--what do boys think about girls? And, vice-versa. Ashley & Rhoe solve this mystery by swapping lives. I'm the author of  a couple stand alone novels too. Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale is inspired by my life-long love of a little-known town and my equal love of enchanted teenage road trips. I love this book because it's about Ginny awakening to her own intuition. The Seven Caves & Other Spine-Tingling Short Stories, is a compilation of my most popular ghost stories. Recently, a lost excerpt from Shadow Slayer has been featured in a paranormal romance anthology called Midnight Surrender.

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  • Print Length: 154 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L9V58Y
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Autumn Review for Transfer Student March 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As some of you now, I usually do my own summary of the book, but as it is already listed above, I will keep my review to my thoughts only. I typically don't read books about aliens or anything sci-fish, but I decided to give this a shot. I had the pleasure of meeting Laura a few months ago, so I was looking forward to reading some of her work.

Transfer Student was nothing like I thought it was going to be. It wasn't heavy on the sci-fi, which I was happy about. I mean there is alien terminology and culture discussed, but I could easily understand it. There was some humor, some romance, and some personal growth that helped to keep me interested and less feeling like I was reading about aliens.

I liked Rhoe better than Ashley to be honest. Ashley was pretty shallow until they switched. She was searching for something more and I believe once she really made the decision to change, she LITERALLY did. Rhoe, on the other hand, was a sweetheart. I felt connected to his character pretty quickly. He to was searching for more, but also wanted to help save his brother and find answers to his father's death. Without revealing too much, I did like that they connected the first time through means more centered around Rhoe's life, but when they reconnected towards the end it had more of a personal tie to Ashley's life.

There were a few things I had trouble with. At the beginning of the story, I did feel a bit confused as to what exactly was happening. I think it wasn't until about 40% in that I really had a clear picture. The only other thing that I had issue with was that Rhoe and Ashley both make romantic connections while switched; Rhoe with Tiffany and Ashley with Yuke. I didn't really feel like there was a solid build-up into those relationships.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Great Read! March 18, 2012
By Lauren
Format:Kindle Edition
Who wouldn't love to swap bodies with an alien from another planet? That also just happens to be the opposite sex? Well, Ashley and Rhoe for starters. Sucked from their respective planets due to an ill-timed wish, the teens are now trapped inside the other's life: and body. As Ms. Popular, Ashley is always on top -- the one who says and does whatever it takes to get what she wants. In contrast, Rhoe is the geek who always gets picked on for standing out. While Rhoe searches for any trace of his Dad's disappearance, Ashley is finding a side of herself that she didn't know existed. Now Ashley is stuck on Retha, with no idea of how she got there, and feeling very unsettled now that she suddenly has two hearts (and is a guy!). Meanwhile, Rhoe is trapped on Earth where this geek has to learn how to be popular and fit in or risk ruining Ashley's life... assuming they will ever be able to switch back. Only one thing is sure: both of their lives will be changed forever...

The first thing that this book teaches me is this: be careful what you wish for. So many times a day, I wish that I had done something differently, said a more eloquent phrase, or even just that I didn't have so much homework. Ashley and Rhoe are confused, to say the least, but they both really snap back quickly and take their new lifestyle in stride. Ashley bounces back from the shock and is very cautious about not upsetting Rhoe's life. She doesn't make people think he is crazy, or spend her days crying in his room about her situation. Instead, she goes out and tries to make the best of it. Rhoe makes more than a few errors in his efforts to act like Ashley, but they are never intentional. He tries to blend in as best he can and even adds in some of his own talents to give her a boost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! Great weekend read April 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Great, my first wish killed me." ~Ashley

I wouldn't call myself a sci-fi fan, but I read Laura Elliott's "13 on Halloween" and loved it so much that I thought I would give this one a try. I quickly found out that it's less of a sci-fi story and more of a boy/girl finding themselves story. Her descriptions bring the planet of Retha alive through Beverly Hill's popularity queen Ashley's eyes. Elliott never disappoints when it comes to originality. That is perhaps this book's most endearing quality. Just as unique as the alien planet and all that it holds is Rhoe's views on our planet. Would an alien really figure out how to sit in a car seat? Even if he could understand English, would he understand that "over my dead body" doesn't mean that the speaker has a death wish? I also liked the way that alien Rhoe would give Retha names to things on Earth, like calling a car, a pod. That seemed very natural. I've always been very fascinated by the habit of putting a name to everything.

But my favorite part is the very beginning when Ashley discusses her repulsion of yellow stars. She talks about how the other kids always made the stars in their pictures yellow, when in truth they are not. The yellow stars are fake, a lie that's been generally accepted. This rang very true to me and I found it to be very insightful of the author to include it. EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT A SCI-FI FAN, YOU'LL LOVE TRANSFER STUDENT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Science Fiction Book April 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book!!! I'm not a huge fan of science fiction but I feel Laura Elliott did a spectacular job making me forget that I wasn't a fan of the genre. The characters were unique and the storyline dragged me in making me want the next installment NOW!! Thanks Mrs. Elliott for opening up a whole new genre for me :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not thrilled
This story didn't really grab me. It stretched my credulity just too far. The other world seemed like a good place for an truly imaginative story if the author wants to write... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Robert Mullins
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining But Needs a Focus Shift
Transfer Student starts off almost sleepily & sort of meanders it's way into the action. There was almost an alien feel to the Earth described in the first few chapters surrounding... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jennifer Rossi
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Series Opener
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***

Rhoe is a teenage male alien on the planet Retha who's lost his father to the other side, a place where no one ever comes... Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by Jennifer Scarpa
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS FOR SURE!!!!!!!!
LOVED IT!!!!! I can't believe it!!!!! Another AWESOME book to cross my path!!!! And another few nights of lost sleep. Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by limeyyank
4.0 out of 5 stars A superbly fantastic read!
If I were to describe Transfer Student using only three adjectives, I'd say that it was- captivating, interesting and impressive.
From the moment the author,Laura A.H. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Sarika Patkotwar
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and unique
My take on this? It was kind of like Freaky Friday meets another world.

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Published on March 21, 2012 by kindlemom1 (My Guilty Obsession)
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Look at Trading Places!
The newly released "Transfer Student", Laura A. H. Elliott, puts a whole new spin on the Freaky Friday/Trading Places theme. Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by The Kindle Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever watched Rob Schneider's The Hot Girl ?
Have you watched all those movie's like The Hot Girl , The Change-Up etc . The one's where something magical happens and somehow you end up swapping bodies with them ? Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by Paula L. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars the beauty and the geek
Like a bolt out of the blue Fate steps in and sees you through When you wish upon a star Your dreams come true - Pinocchio, 1940 Walt Disney animated film

from across... Read more
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More About the Author

I love writing about enchanted road trips, cursed storytellers, shadow worlds, and alien romance while eating lots of popcorn. After twenty-plus years as a freelance graphic designer/animator with clients including E! Entertainment Television and The Los Angeles Times, I left reality behind and followed my heart into the world of fiction.

I'm the author of the Shadow Series, the Starjump Series, and WINNEMUCCA, a small-town fairy tale. My new release and first adult paranormal romance is THE STORYTELLERS, where four women writers spin tales that all come true for each other. MOON KILLERS and LAST LIFE (Shadow Series #3 & #4) will release FALL/WINTER 2014. For my latest releases & inside scoops--including playlists, dream casts, character interviews & more--swing by my blog Laurasmagicday.wordpress.com and say "hi." I'm incredibly grateful for each and every one of my readers, you bring such joy to my life and I look forward to meeting you online or at a book event sometime soon!


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