We're not from here / Geoff Rodkey.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: After a year on Mars, a young boy and his family migrate to the planet Choom, but the inhabitants of Choom, the Zhuri, who look like giant mosquitoes, don't really like humans and it up to the boy and his family to change their minds if they hope to survive.
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      We are not from here.
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Booklist Reviews 2019 January #1

Rodkey offers a darkly comic sf tale positively thrumming with topical overtones. With Earth rendered uninhabitable, the last few remnants of humanity leap at the chance when the alien Zhuri offer to take them in. But when the would-be immigrants arrive at Planet Choom after a 20-year voyage in suspended animation, the local government has changed its tune—withdrawing the offer and declaring the refugees too inherently violent to remain. After frantic negotiations, one "human reproductive unit" is reluctantly allowed to land—but the deck is definitely stacked, as propaganda broadcasts of human wars and horror movies have whipped the insectile Zhuri into ravening, venom-­spraying swarms chanting "Humans Go Home!" Dumped with their parents into this political maelstrom is Ila Mifune, depressed, erstwhile teen-pop superstar, and narrator Lan, set up by the author as androgynous. It seems nothing short of a change in planetary government is going to guarantee humanity's survival in this pointed space romp. Cue the revolution! Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 January #1

In this postapocalyptic comedy, a family of refugees from an Earth devastated by nuclear war is selected to represent humankind on an alien planet that is reluctant to take them in. The plan was to settle on Planet Choom, already home to several species living in harmony, but in the 20 years it took to travel there, Choom's dominant race, the insectoid Zhuri, changed their minds, wanting nothing to do with humanity's violence and emotional ways. As what's left of humanity orbits the planet, it's up to Lan Mifune and their family, as the chosen ambassadors, to live among the aliens and somehow persuade them to accept the desperate earthlings. The intentionally vaguely described narrator, Lan, must befriend their unusual classmates while showing that humans can live in peace—and their fondness for comedy proves instrumental in forging a connection with Choom's denizens. The various alien species feel plausible without straining the imagination, and related physiological and communicational misunderstandings offer amusement galore. Rodkey explores heady concepts such as immigration, tolerance, culture shock, and relative humor in this slapstick-laden allegory, and the story's lighthearted tone offers an age-appropriate handling of the somber issues and dire circumstances fueling its premise. Ages 8–12. Agent: Josh Getzler, Hannigan Salky Getzler. (Mar.)

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