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For awhile in my childhood, this was my favorite book. What I remember now is that the author doesn't spell things out for you. I enjoyed that I was thrown, in medias res, into an alien culture that I had to understand clue by clue, like cracking a cryptogram or solving a mystery. I loved that the book involved me in this way and made me feel clever. By not dumping in explanations about everything, it also put me in a similar position to Hanna, the human who discovers the strange creatures. She...more
Margaret Bechard is the author of five novels for younger readers, and one other young adult novel, IF IT DOESN'T KILL YOU, which SLJ praised for its "healthy dose of humor." She lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her family.More about Margaret Bechard...