A Girl Named Cricket
Paperback, 260 Pages
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Though their planet is dying, Cricket Sminth is still furious at her parents for having tricked her into leaving home. What’s more, in the form of a sixteen-year-old girl, she is now forced to enroll in high school in the little desert community of Prickly Pear, California. Cricket’s disdainful behavior makes enemies of everyone in town including Claudia, the mayor’s daughter, and Tom, the one-armed boy she’s strangely attracted to. To make matters worse Immigration and Custom Enforcement has begun investigating the Sminths. But the biggest danger by far is Levi Barker, motorcycle gang leader, who has taken an unwelcome interest in the odd girl.
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Aug 15, 2018What 16 year old girl doesn’t feel like an alien! Excellent read. Fast passed. Clever. At times a quite believable sci fi story, at times a page turner of a Wild West saga.
Aug 6, 2018What do you get when you combine aliens from another planet trying to fit in in a small California desert community, an (alien) teenage love story and an out of control motorcycle gang? You get an amazingly funny story that will beckon you on to turn to the next page to find out what could possibly could next. This sci-fi-love story - meets the Wild Ones is definitely worth a look. It reminds me of the writings of Douglas Adams and Kurt Vonnegut. It's a "can't miss" for anyone with a sense of humor and an appreciation for the difficulties encountered when anyone meets up with a foreign culture. A big "two thumbs up". READ it and you'll be able to say "Hey, I read the book" when it is made into a movie!
Aug 3, 2018It’s a hop, skip and a jump to planet earth (at least when you are in deep freeze). The story rolls along smoothly despite the crash landing and my interest certainly increased along the ride. In retrospect, I especially appreciated scene descriptions which set the mood and atmosphere for the action. There are certain great morals to the story—such as you don’t always know what is good for you, and why not try something new, even possibly lightyears away from home (especially when the change is a do or die situation). There is humor as well as tense dramatic moments. I have read some snippets of Peter’s other writings and thought that this book marks a turning point in his writing abilities. He has done his homework. There are those among us who tell us they feel they are ‘from elsewhere’, and have great difficulty fitting in to this world. So many can identify with the themes of alienation and adjustment. In any case, these are universal themes to which most everyone can relate.
Jul 31, 2018This wonderful book cleverly combines several genres: science fiction, cowboy westerns, super heroes, the wild ones on motorcycles, and coming-of-age stories. The sci-fi theme provides a warning about what can go wrong when we abuse our resources (as on Sassatha), and makes us appreciate both the idiosyncracies (endless offers of coffee) and beauties (stars at night, plentiful water) of planet Earth. In true western style, there’s a show-down with the wild ones and the protagonist, Cricket, uses her super power, but, ....okay, no spoilers allowed. Cricket’s resentment at being tricked and displaced to Earth by her parents and her discomfort with her new human form rings true for anyone who has experienced adolescence. Peter Manos has really polished his writing chops, and his unique imagination. sense of humor, and insight into human nature bear rich fruit in this witty, suspenseful book. Give it to your teenager; read it yourself. It’s a gem.
Jul 27, 2018I agree with the previous reviewers and would quote amusing or insightful passages from it but I can't. I keep loaning it out and don't have it now.
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- Peter J. Manos (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Fire and Ice Young Adult Books, a Melange Books, LLC Imprint
- April 5, 2018
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.99 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
- Product ID
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