Greetings from Planet Earth

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Scholastic Inc., 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 246 pages
21 Reviews
An poignant novel about war and remembrance

If you had one minute to describe life on Earth, what would you say? It's 1977, and Theo and his class are creating a golden record inspired by the one Voyager 2 will carry into space as a greeting from Earth. But as Theo searches for an original answer to his teacher's question, other questions begin to surface: What happened to his father in Vietnam? And why has his mother been keeping secrets all these years?

Two-time Sibert Award Honoree, Barbara Kerley is well-known for her masterful narrative nonfiction picture books, which are consistently hailed for their incisiveness, eloquence, and meticulous research. Greetings from Planet Earth, published in hardcover in 2007, is Kerley's debut novel--a thought-provoking exploration of war (as well as a crippling family secret), and its devastating effect upon a 12-year-old boy whose father never returned from Vietnam. Sadly, the subject matter continues to be timely as the war continues in Iraq and Afghanistan, affecting thousands of American families. The book has an intriguing format with shifting points of view and Kerley's signature lucid, economical prose. It was recently named a finalist for the 2010-2011 California Young Reader Medal.


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Review: Greetings From Planet Earth

User Review  - Kristin Rosenberg - Goodreads

If you had one minute to talk about the best thing about the planet Earth, what would you choose? Theo is given exactly that dilemma, and while the assignment seems at first easy, it quickly leads him ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Ann - Goodreads

Theo can't stop thinking about the Voyager 2 space probe, about to launch in 1977, but he also can't stop thinking about his dad who hasn't come back from the Vietnam War and is presumed missing in ... Read full review

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Barbara Kerley's previous National Geographic books include "A Cool Drink of Water" and "You and Me Together." Her book "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins" was a 2002 Caldecott Honor book and her acclaimed "Walt Whitman: Words for America" won an American Library Association Sibert Honor Medal for informational books. She is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, and she now lives in McKinleyville, CA.

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