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Klass, David.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2010
IL 5-8, RL 6.0
ISBN 0374399514
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Ketchvar III is an unlikely earth invader.  He actually resembles a largish snail.  He has been sent to earth to do some reconnaissance for his planet (Sandoval IV) before they blast humans out of existence with a Gagnerian Death Ray.   Ketchvar has taken over a human boy named Tom during this  observation by crawling up his left nostril and taking over lodging in his brain, while secreting the boyís consciousness away.  Ketchvar finds some serious problems taking place within Tomís family.   Unfortunately, Ketchvar loses contact with the ship which is supposed to be his transport home.  While stuck on earth, Ketchvar really gets to know Tomís family and begins to wonder if humans are as worthy of destruction as his planet believes.  (NH Isinglass Teen Award nominee, 2013)
SUBJECTS:     Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction.
                        Bullies -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.

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