Updated: Feb 16, 2020
Book Title: The Kid Who Came From Space (available here)
Author: Ross Welford
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: Jan 2020
Most Suitable For: Year 5/6
Reviewed By: Nathan Wilcox
Ross Welford’s newest book takes us on an adventure across the galaxy. When twelve-year-old Ethan goes in search for his twin sister Tammie, he finds himself strangely relying on the help of his friend Iggy, a chicken called Suzy and an alien called Hellyann. As they begin to attempt to find the missing Tammie, they discover they have a lot more in common with each other than initially seemed possible.
The shortness of the chapters makes this book a real page-turner - easy to access and hard to put down. Lovers of science-fiction will enjoy the many links and nods to a range of space and UFO-themed works.
Hellyann, the alien, is a superbly relatable character too, who seems to encourage the reader to look from alternative perspectives. The use of dual narration is important in allowing the reader to see through both Ethan and Hellyann’s eyes and quickly enables the reader to identify with both.
From the outset of this book, I was engaged with the story and cared about the characters. The Kid Who Came From Space’ is another superb story from Ross Welford, who always seems to deliver when it comes to fast-paced tales with humor and heart in equal measure.
Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Review Panel member Nathan for reviewing it.
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Language note for teachers: this book contains examples of language that could be considered to be mild swear words.