The Only Alien on the Planet

Kristen Randle, Author Scholastic $14.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-590-46309-6
New student Ginny is intrigued by the handsome alien in her homeroom--no, this is not a science fiction novel. Smitty--real name Michael--is known to his schoolmates as ""The Alien"" because of his affectless appearance and complete silence. Soon, Ginny and Smitty's longtime protector, Caulder, team up to try and crack his shell. They get much more than they bargain for when they drag him along on old-movie outings; as a none-too-subtle plot device, the first turns out to be The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, the second, East of Eden. Smitty walks out of both, for it turns out that he was almost fatally abused by his older brother, who also convinced him that he would die if he spoke to anyone. With the help of Ginny, Caulder and a wise and sympathetic therapist, Smitty emerges from this psychological curse, and he and Ginny even begin a tentative romantic relationship. Randle (Why Did Grandma Have to Die?) unfortunately builds her otherwise well-crafted novel around an uncharacteristic response to abuse. Under his pain, Smitty is totally honest and caring--a very romantic figure, but not one likely to be found in the real world. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 02/27/1995
Release date: 03/01/1995
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-1-4022-2669-4
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