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Escape from the Pipe Men! Hardcover – June 11, 2013

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Gr 4-7–Siblings Ryan, 13, and Becky, 7, spend their days on O-thul-ba, the Pipe Men's planet, being observed by the alien inhabitants as human exhibits in an intergalactic zoo. At night they leave through a portal that leads to their living-room closet at home in Oregon. The Pipe Men, with their multiple eyes set vertically in their tall, thin, cylinder-shaped bodies, have secretly come to Earth and persuaded Ryan's parents to work for them on O-thul-ba. No one else on Earth knows the Pipe Men exist. When the children's father is accidentally poisoned by another alien species, Ryan and Becky attempt to get the antidote by escaping through a series of confusing passageways with many doorways/portals leading to other planets. The Pipe Men are kidnapping some of the other exotic species from their home planets and stealing Earth's and the planets' resources, and the kids find themselves involved in an alien rebellion. Many plot points aren't fully explained, including the Pipe Men's backstory, why they chose Ryan's family, and how they continue to exert control over them and other alien species. The explanation of how the portals work isn't very clear either. The novel's intention to show how certain groups or species exploit and oppress others is interesting, but the presentation is more earnest than compelling or exciting.–Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trentonα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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While Ryan and his family live on Earth, they seldom step outside. Their days are spent in the Pipe Men’s intergalactic zoo, home to a species with multiple eyes, two mouths, and no limbs. Ryan enjoys his life, but when his father is poisoned by another species, he and his sister must travel across space and through portals to find the antidote. As they meet other species and assemble an unlikely band of warring factions, Ryan realizes that their benevolent masters, the Pipe Men, are holding everyone prisoner. The story is fast paced and humorous as Ryan learns to navigate the many species they meet, each with distinct personalities and agendas. Can they overcome their differences to defeat the Pipe Men? Hand this to science fiction fans or strong readers, as the multiple species and movement through portals can be a bit confusing. However, the premise and engaging characters will carry the reader through to the dramatic conclusion. Grades 5-8. --Suzanne Harold

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  • Lexile measure : 640L
  • Grade level : 5 - 7
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0547859058
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0547859057
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.21 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher : Clarion Books (June 11, 2013)
  • Reading level : 10 - 12 years
  • Language: : English
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