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Hatke, Ben.
New York : First Second, 2010
IL 3-6, RL 3.0
ISBN 1596436956

2 booktalks
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Booktalk #1

Zita wasn’t always a spacegirl, but she has always been bold, brash, and brave, and fortunately for us, has the smarts to back up her not-too-well-thought-through actions.

So when she finds a red button in the woods when out with her friend Joseph, she pushes it. And then, Joseph is sucked through a portal and disappears, and Zita has to figure out how to get him back.
Zita finds herself on a very strange planet, where every creature from humanoid chickens to neurotic robots are either trying to escape or prepare for the destruction of the planet within three days. Zita finds herself accepting help from a strange gang of allies, including a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest, a giant rat and some monstery looking aliens. But Zita’s leap before you look attitude means the impossibility of facing ancient prophecies, doomed planets, and finding Joseph and getting home in one piece are all part of the adventure for this up and coming intergalactic hero. (Booktalk written by Sara Zoe Patterson- GSF Committee/ New Franklin School)

Booktalk #2

Imagine you and a friend are playing outside and you discover a mysterious device with a big red push button. What would you do? Would you push it? Zita does and is shocked and horrified when a portal opens and tentacles reach out and grab her friend, Joseph. Of course, Zita follows him into the portal and finds herself on a foreign planet with an assortment of aliens, some adorable and some creepy. Zita is quick to make friends who help her in her quest to rescue her friend. The search for Joseph is filled with rollicking adventure, clever creatures to tickle your imagination and silly antics to make you giggle. Zita refuses to give up on her friend and you will refuse to close this graphic novel until you have read and examined every page.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Human-alien encounters -- Fiction.
                        Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.
                        Cartoons and comics.
                        Science fiction comic books, strips, etc.
                        Graphic novels.

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