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Dodd, Quentin.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001
IL 5-8, RL 5.8
ISBN 0374305153
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Walter Nutria, a high school freshman, is playing hooky from school when a large flying saucer comes his way. A ramp descends with a baseball glove at the end with a note on large yellow paper inviting him to come aboard. Walter figures he has nothing to lose…so he climbs aboard. The 3 aliens, from the planet Lirg, look identical to his uncle Horton Nutria, except that they are wearing red pajamas with footies…and a pointed hood.

Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars is a story that gets funnier as you read it. If you want a good laugh, if you like science fiction, if you enjoy Mystery Science Theater 3000…I think you will like this book. (Melissa Bowman,, Armstrong Middle School,  Lone Star Book Award nominee, 2003-2004)

SUBJECTS:     Outer space -- Fiction.
                        Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.
                        Humorous stories.

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