I'm Not from Neptune

Author: Hamilton, Carol

Subjects: School Experience; Family Relationships; Abuse; Growing Up Gifted

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 5, 6, 7

Order code: 537X

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 537XS

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Labeled a nerd in school, Allie is thrilled to be accepted into the gifted magnet program, SEARCH, with his friend Pete and a girl named Kelly. The boys share an interest in astronomy. While setting up and focusing their telescopes in Allie's backyard, they inadvertently sweep over Kelly's house and witness her father manhandling her. Later, Kelly acts as though nothing happened, but the boys talk with Allie's father and report what they saw to the police, who they believe will handle Kelly's father.

Allie is determined to fit in with the SEARCH kids, and he tries out a variety of “acceptable” behaviors. He puts his charades aside when Kelly arrives in class with bruises. Allie and Pete determine that they must keep her out of her father's angry path. The plan is to interest her in astronomy and nightly stargazing with them. But when Kelly does not respond to this maneuver, Allie connives to infiltrate himself into Kelly's home as her math tutor.

This plan backfires. Kelly's father removes her from the SEARCH program because her grades are suffering. Unable to help Kelly himself, depressed that he has to depend on adults who do not fully understand, and feeling alienated from his SEARCH peers, Allie anticipates spending a weekend with his high-profile TV anchorwoman and celebrity mom. All dressed up, they attend a symphony benefit and appear on television. Now his SEARCH classmates are impressed. After he arranges a class fieldtrip to the TV station and an interview with his mom, the SEARCH class is totally captivated, and Allie is “in.”

Allie slowly settles into being himself, valuing himself, and understanding that the other kids are also searching for group acceptance. Finally, all appears right in Allie's world, until he discovers a bruised Kelly in school again one day. However, now he is able to activate the adult action-line. He talks to his teacher, who immediately involves the school nurse, who moves the case into the hands of social workers. Soon, Kelly and her mother move away to live with her aunt, and Kelly's house is sold. In an act of kindness, Allie writes to Kelly to tell her that although she is far away, she is still in his thoughts as a friend. He hopes that she will write to him.

Carol Hamilton is an award-winning author, known particularly for her poetry. She has been published in many of magazines and journals. She is a resident of Oklahoma.

Labeled a nerd in school, Allie is thrilled to be accepted into the gifted magnet program, SEARCH, with his friend Pete and a girl named Kelly. The boys share an interest in astronomy. While setting up and focusing their telescopes in Allie's backyard, they inadvertently sweep over Kelly's house and witness her father manhandling her. Later, Kelly acts as though nothing happened, but the boys talk with Allie's father and report what they saw to the police, who they believe will handle Kelly's father.

Allie is determined to fit in with the SEARCH kids, and he tries out a variety of “acceptable” behaviors. He puts his charades aside when Kelly arrives in class with bruises. Allie and Pete determine that they must keep her out of her father's angry path. The plan is to interest her in astronomy and nightly stargazing with them. But when Kelly does not respond to this maneuver, Allie connives to infiltrate himself into Kelly's home as her math tutor.

This plan backfires. Kelly's father removes her from the SEARCH program because her grades are suffering. Unable to help Kelly himself, depressed that he has to depend on adults who do not fully understand, and feeling alienated from his SEARCH peers, Allie anticipates spending a weekend with his high-profile TV anchorwoman and celebrity mom. All dressed up, they attend a symphony benefit and appear on television. Now his SEARCH classmates are impressed. After he arranges a class fieldtrip to the TV station and an interview with his mom, the SEARCH class is totally captivated, and Allie is “in.”

Allie slowly settles into being himself, valuing himself, and understanding that the other kids are also searching for group acceptance. Finally, all appears right in Allie's world, until he discovers a bruised Kelly in school again one day. However, now he is able to activate the adult action-line. He talks to his teacher, who immediately involves the school nurse, who moves the case into the hands of social workers. Soon, Kelly and her mother move away to live with her aunt, and Kelly's house is sold. In an act of kindness, Allie writes to Kelly to tell her that although she is far away, she is still in his thoughts as a friend. He hopes that she will write to him.

Carol Hamilton is an award-winning author, known particularly for her poetry. She has been published in many of magazines and journals. She is a resident of Oklahoma.

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