I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X

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Simon and Schuster, May 8, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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When Rod Allbright's cousin Elspeth arrived for a visit the day after school let out for the summer, Rod thought his vacation was ruined. But after they are kidnapped to Dimension X by a monster named Smorkus Flinders, Rod realizes that Elspeth is the least of his problems. After all, what's a bratty cousin compared to cranky monsters, furious aliens, and the discovery that you are stuck in the middle of an interstellar power play?

And that doesn't begin to take into account the horrifying personal decision that Rod will be forced to make before his adventures are over.

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ISBN 0671798332 - The Covilles do it again. Every time I pick up a book with this pair's names on it, my expectations are not high - they always make me regret my assumptions!
Rod Allbright's
summer is off to a terrible start: his cousin Elspeth is being dumped on them because her parents want to "get away". Obviously, they want to get away from Elspeth, who is quick with a negative word on every subject and every person she meets. Desperate to get away from her, too, Rod tells his mother he's going for a walk. Of course, his mother makes him take along Elspeth. Out of spite, since he's basically forced to take her, he wears his new sneakers despite the fact that he knows his mother doesn't want him to.
In the field behind the house, everything takes a sudden turn. The kids fall into a huge footprint, which is scary enough. It gets scarier when the foot that made it comes back - and the owner of that foot kidnaps the cousins! Taken to Dimension X to be used as bait for Grakkar, the commander of the Ferkel, and his crew, Rod and Elspeth have to work together to survive until rescue arrives. When it does, trouble really begins. Their kidnapper, Smorkus Flinders, has far bigger plans than they could ever have imagined and he must be stopped.
This is the second book in the series (the first was Aliens Ate My Homework), but it's not 100% necessary to have read the first one. It might help, since the story DOES refer to the previous tale, but it is possible to read this one without ever having read the first. Of course, the cliffhanger in this one is destined to have you looking for the next one!
I liked the references to Dr Suess (Thing One and Thing Two) and the classic The Sound of Music. It had me reading closer than usual to find other hidden gems. Probably the best part of the book is the lesson Rod learns about why Elspeth is the way she is - and it isn't because she's just a rotten person.
- AnnaLovesBooks


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Bruce Coville has published more than one hundred books, which have sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster’s Ring. Bruce also founded Full Cast Audio, a company that creates recordings of the best in children’s and young adult literature. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Katherine.

Katherine Coville is an artist, a sculptor, and a doll maker who specializes in highly detailed images of creatures never before seen in this world. She has illustrated several books written by her husband, Bruce Coville, including Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework, and the Space Brat series.
Bruce and Katherine live in Syracuse, New York, with a varying assortment of pets and children.

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