The star beast

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Scribner, 1954 - Fiction - 282 pages
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A young boy believes he and his ancestors have been raising an extra-terrestrial pet for several generations, when actually the beast has been raising them. When the beast must be returned to his native planet, he insists on taking his human "pet" with him.

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User Review  - Monkey - Goodreads

This was my first venture into Heinlein's "juvenile" books, and I adored it! Tons of fabulous humor, a few sweet & touching moments, with a pinch of mystery and plenty of sci-fi; wonderful! The story ... Read full review

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User Review  - Manny - Goodreads

I liked the alien interpreter, who complains that the person who taught him English intentionally gave him stock similes that were not acceptable in polite society. For example, he says, "As cold as ... Read full review

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Robert A. Heinlein was the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived. His novels have been translated into every literate language on the globe--over 25 million Heinlein books are in print in this country alone. For five decades, young readers of science fiction discovered Heinlein, then gone on to voraciously devour every Heinlein book they can get their hands on. His now-legendary "Stranger in a Strange Land" was the first hardcover bestseller by a science fiction writer. From 1975 on, every new Heinlein novel made the "New York Times" best-seller list and shipped a million copies, including "The Number of the Beast", "Friday", "Job: A Comedy of Justice", "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls", and "To Sail Beyond the Sunset". In a career spanning half a century, he wrote over forty books, and four of his novels won Hugo Awards, an unequalled record for almost four decades. For the last three generations of readers, Heinlein "is" science fiction.

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