First Day On Earth

Hardcover | November 1, 2011

byCecil Castellucci

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A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.

We are specks. Pieces of dust in this universe.
Big nothings. I know what I am.

Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Quiet, but with a lot of words underneath.

Seven years ago, Mal disappeared for three days. Everyone tells him it was a breakdown, a seizure, something medical. He thinks it was something different. An alien abduction.

But there's no way for him to know for sure.

Then, at an abductee support group, he meets Hooper, who has some otherworldly secrets of his own. And suddenly the truth is closer than Mal ever imagined itcould be.

They are out there and they are watching us.
One day, I'm going with them. And I'm going to be free.

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A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.We are specks. Pieces of dust in this universe.Big nothings. I know what I am.Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Quiet, but with a lot of words underneath. Seven years ago, Mal disappeared for three days. Everyone...

CECIL CASTELLUCCI is a filmmaker, author and former indie rocker! She is an accomplished writer of several young adult novels, including Rose Sees Red, Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool, and Beige, as well as of the graphic novels The Plain Janes and Janes in Love. A former Montrealer, she now makes her home in Los Angeles, California.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.57 × 5.71 × 0.66 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545060826

ISBN - 13:9780545060820

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Praise for First Day on Earth:"Castellucci crafts a gloomy and quirky metaphorical piece about being a misfit... [First Day on Earth] is touching and, most importantly, believable within the universe of these characters." -Quill & Quire"A simple, tender work that speaks to the alien in all of us." -Kirkus"The prose is spare but dense, lyrical and strongly emotive, and younger teens will find the story accessible and affecting even as older readers can revel in its emotional complexity and thematic sophistication...Ultimately, it hardly matters whether the aliens are real or metaphorical; it is Mal's earthly journey that will grab readers' hearts." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review