This book is a unique mix of high fantasy, science fiction, and a realistic school story unlike anything I've read before. The parts involving the Valorim are written in a high fantasy style involving plenty of invented words and archaic language patterns (like Lord of the Rings). The parts involving Tommy and his family coping with their mother's death and getting along with his friends at school read like a regular school story. The writing is superb in both styles and full of meaty issues, complex characters, and fantastic world-building. If you like aliens, J.R.R. Tolkien, and school stories you’ll enjoy this interesting mix of the three. The difficult, stylized language in the parts with the aliens makes this most suitable for strong readers.
What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt
6th - 8th
Tags: Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Fantasy, School Stories, Science Fiction