Alien Secrets

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Random House Childrens Books, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 227 pages
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Puck, expelled from boarding school on Earth, is on her way to stay with her parents on the planet Shoon. On board the spaceship she befriends Hush, a native Shoowa who is also returning home in shame. He is desperately seeking a stolen treasure that was entrusted to him, a symbol of freedom for his people.

Puck and Hush must find the precious Soo before they reach Shoon. But who can they trust? And how will they save their own skins as they hurtle through space on a ship haunted by terrifying ghosts?

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Annette is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
Great introduction to science fiction. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Becca Wren - Goodreads

Although I love her vampire and werewolf books, I didn't care for this one. It was a major disappointment. I know her books are fantasy, however, there was too much unrealistic ideas and not enough character development. Read full review

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User Review  - Katie Roseveare - Goodreads

Nice adventure for young ladies. Fun to have in the library. Great introduction to science fiction. Could d an activity on perspective - retell a part from the alien's perspective, or the parents' perspective. Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Annette Curtis Klause, a self-professed fan of horror, science fiction and fantasy, read her first vampire book when she was 14; it was Jane Gaskell'sThe Shining Narrow Grin. "I was enthralled," she says, and immediately began fantasizing about the book.

Klause, who is currently head of children's services at the Aspen Hill Community Library in Maryland, had been a member of a biweekly writing group, mostly writing picture books, when the group's "mentor" encouraged her to write a novel. While deciding on a subject, she "remembered the vampires," and after years of work, and six rejections, her highly acclaimedThe Silver Kisswas published. Her second novel,Alien Secrets,features a main character whom Klause calls "a rather feisty individual," as well as "ghosts, a haunted ship, aliens and treasure." While writing this suspenseful science fiction adventure, Klause says "again, I thought 'What would I have liked as a kid?'"

Her third novel,Blood and Chocolate,was published in September 1997. It tells the story of the 16-year-old Vivian Gandillon, who is trying to fit in to her new home in the suburbs. But trying to act "normal" isn't always easy, since Vivian and her family are werewolves. When Vivian falls in love with a human, and a brutal murder threatens her pack's survival, Vivian's divided loyalties are strained. What is she really--human or beast?

Born in Bristol, England, Annette Curtis Klause now lives in Hyattsville, MD with two cats. Klause holds a B.A. in English literature and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her spare time, Klause collects science fiction, fantasy, and horror first editions, limited editions and chapbooks, and enjoys going to science fiction conventions.

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