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Aliens on Vacation (Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,930 ratings  ·  283 reviews
David isn't happy about leaving Florida and his friends to summer with his crazy grandmother in "Middle-of-Nowhere," Washington. Arriving at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he isn't surprised by its the-60's-meets-Star-Wars d cor, but he is surprised by the weird-looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is an off-earth portal and his grandma the gate-k ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2011)
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I believed in Santa Claus for much longer than everyone else my age. My mother proudly raised me to believe in fairies and (let’s be honest here) I still kind of do, particularly whenever I see small cascades in a stream (“fairy waterfalls!”) or tiny holes in tree trunks (“a fairy bedroom!”). My friends all shake their heads at the knowledge that I follow cryptozoology lore online the way that other people my age follow sports or celebrity gossip, and I hope beyond all reasonable hope, fingers c ...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Apr 09, 2012 Charlyn Trussell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades 4 and up
Recommended to Charlyn by: Texas Bluebonnet Reading List 2013
Scrub's plans for the summer are shanghaied when his parents choose to send him to stay with his grandmother at her inn, the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast. At first Scrub sees the inn as an anachronism straight from the 60s, a blend of Mr. Spock and the Flower Children, with his grandmother as the aging hippie who runs the place. He quickly realizes the establishment and its wild exterior and strange guests are a source of irritation for the citizens of the town and especially the sheriff.

When Scrub is sent to his Grandma's house in the state of Washington, he figures his summer is going to be miserable. Instead of hanging out at the pool and playing basketball with his friends in Florida, he's stuck helping his Grandma, who he has never even met before, at her Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast. At first he thinks the odd tourists at the B&B are nutty sci-fi fans, but then he learns the truth: they're actually real aliens who have come to Earth for a vacation! So much for a bor ...more
Eileen H
Aliens On Vacation
Wow, what a werd grandma but i'll get to her later. Have you ever gone somewhere for vacation and you look around and feel like you don't fit in at all, well you think you do but thats nothing compared Scrubs vacation. I love this book and ( manly the amazing fast paste description of the aliens )
how Im able to connect with Scrub as someone when trying to keep a secret but sometimes it herts my friends along the way. Well, I think its time to give you some hints on this book. F
Lexi Z
Right now I m reading ALIENS ON VACATION By Clete Barrett Smith. It's about a boy named Scrub who as to stay at his crazy, stuck-in-the-1960s grandma's Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast for almost the whole summer. Scrub only has to be her one night before he starts to realize that this isn't your typical bed and breakfast. And he's right. It's bed n breakfast is for aliens. That's one big secret to keep don't you think? I've had to keep secrets for me, my friends, and my family before and I can s ...more
Ms. B
A humorous story about a most unusual summer vacation.
Most twelve-year-olds don't spend their summers working fourteen hours at their grandmother's Bed and Breakfast which caters to aliens, yet that is exactly what David (nicknamed Scrub) does in this story. Floridian Scrub is spending the summer at his peace loving, granola crunching health nut Grandma's Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast located in the Pacific Northwest of Washington. Both the humans in Grandma's hometown and the aliens are unlik
Robin J.
I am currently reading the book Aliens on Vaction, By: Clete Barret Smith. In this book there is boy and his name is David (but everyone calls him scrub). Scrub get's sent to his grandma's bed and breakfist for the summer becuase his parent's are to busy. Scrub is not happy about having to stay with his grandma for the summer. When he gets to his grandma's, he thinks somthing is a bit odd, and sure enough the bed and breakfist is an intergalactic bed and breakfist. So over the summer he gets a j ...more
I think this is an awesome book for school age children graeds 5-8th. It is a science fiction book with a litlle comedy. It is about a boy named David, whom they call scrub, and is sent to stay with his grandmother for the summer. Scrub, is not happy about going to stay with his grandmother, only to find out, she has a strange bed and breakfast. He finds a frind there named Amy, and they try to solve the mystery of this strange bed and breakfast. They discovered scrubs, Aliens in disguise, and t ...more
CH13_Lisa Matthews
Instead of enjoying summer hanging out in the Florida, David will be spending his summer at his grandmother’s space inn. David come to realizes that his grandmother‘s guest at the inn are not what they appear to be. David and his new friend Amy seems particularly determined to solve the mystery of the inn's clientele.

This is a fun book, the first in a series, and younger readers will certainly enjoy the variety of aliens and their unique requests. Each chapter begins with a goofy alien illustra
Catherine C
So far I really like Aliens On Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith because it is science fiction and humor all in one. It is about a boy named Scrub who is going to his Grandmother's Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast for the summer. He doesn't really want to go but both his parents are going on business trips so he has no choice. At first he thinks that intergalactic means a bunch of crazy outer space decorations. The he finds out that the guests at the bed and breakfast are aliens visiting from anot ...more
I heard about this book on the Chuckanut radio show. First of all, this is a kids book, but I've always been a kid at heart. I loved this book and its light hearted humor. David nicknamed Scrub is a young man who is sent to spend the summer with his grandma who he hasnt been too close with. She runs the "intergalactic bed & breakfast" and yes it really is a vacation spot for aliens on a "primative" planet. The B&B is set in Washington (where else?) close to the Canadian border. As Scrub ...more
Abby Johnson
When Scrub is shipped off to his grandmother's bed and breakfast for the summer, he's in for a surprise... instead of typical tourists, the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast caters to vacationing aliens from all over the universe!

This is a funny, science-fiction romp that'll please kids looking for laughs. If the story had been a little tighter (and the book a bit shorter), I think it would have been near perfect. There's a slight romantic subplot that, while it feels fine for the characters an
Kaitlyn W
Recently I have started reading Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith. This book is about a little boy named Scrub and how he gets to spend his wild summer in Tampa Florida with his grandma. One reason I really like this book is because there are many twist and turns with what's happening throughout the story. It has many different ways of telling you certain details you need to know to truly understand the book.I can relate to this when last summer I got put in a situation for summer camp t ...more
Aliens on Vacation was an amazing read! Clete Barrett Smith was very imaginative with this book!
David (Scrub), has parents that are very busy each summer. He always gets sent away. This year, he is sent to the Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast.
This place is very bizarre since the moment Scrub walked in. People that are seven feet tall, have gray skin, and walk on all fours are only some of the strange things he has seen!
Weird glowing things in his room, people eating tinfoil... what is up with t
David Elliott, “Scrub” to everyone who knows him, has been shipped off by his parents to rural Washington State to spend the summer with his eccentric grandmother. He’s not happy about being banished to the middle of nowhere where there’s no internet and no cell phone service; he’d rather be back at home in Tampa working on his basketball game. Worse than that, Grandma doesn’t seem to know the 1960s are over. She runs a place called The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast; the décor is vintage Sci ...more
"Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast" is the name of the series, as well as the place young David "Scrub" Elliot finds himself visiting over the summer between sixth and seventh grade. It isn't that Scrub is into science fiction, so much. His main interest is basketball. He would rather be back in Florida, trading insane dares with his best friend and training for the all-star team. Instead, when his parents take off on separate business trips, he gets packed off to his grandma's crazy, retro-futu ...more
Gwen the Librarian
This fun fish-out-of-water (or aliens-out-of-water) tale begins when Scrub is sent to spend the summer with his grandma in her kooky bed and breakfast. It has a space theme, and we discover early on that it's actually a hotel for visiting aliens and Scrub must spend his summer disguising the aliens so they will blend in on earth. Throw in some basketball and a budding romance and you have a summer read.

I had some niggling details that bugged me, but I think the book will really appeal to kids.
Star Kwafie
I should really read more "middle reader" books! I've been reading tons of YA, which is quite different. It's darker, deeper, and more mature. But it was quite nice to get a break from all that and read something meant for elementary-schoolers.

Convincingly narrated from the perspective of a seventh-grade boy, Aliens on Vacation shows the lighter side of creatures from outer space. I really liked how it maintained a focus on that—from silly aliens to grumpy aliens to kind aliens—instead of the ov
3.5 stars, really. There were a lot of ways this book could have been better, but it was still a fun read despite its flaws. I want read the sequels now. I had a little trouble getting past the info dump in the first chapter, but after that the writing was smoother and focused on the story rather than telling me needless things about the main character's past that didn't turn out to be important for the story at all. Some of the plot points were a little forced. It seemed like anytime the action ...more
I'll be writing this up for an upcoming Sci Friday! (full review on my blog)

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Katherine Kim
I am currently reading Aliens On Vacation. I think the characters are really funny, including the boy, Scrub, that did not want to be at his grandma's inn because he thought it be lame. But then he found out that there was a secret. He learns that the inn is actually an undercover operation that aliens use to vacation on Earth. Scrub is put in charge of disguising the aliens as humans and chaperoning them around on their adventures. The local sheriff is pretty suspicious about grandma’s place, t ...more
Steph Gottschalk
How is it that an author who has a wife and daughters thinks it is okay to have a male protagonist express sentiments like "girls are weird" and "girls don't like sci-fi"? Does he not realize how, pardon the pun, alienating that is to female readers?

I was also unimpressed that all the aliens seemed to conform to human standards of gender binaries and heteronormativity. Like, that's not even how all humans are, and you're acting like it's the standard all across the galaxy? I can understand the
Scrub (nickname for David) is a kid who heads to Washington State to spend the summer with his eccentric grandma, whom he's never met. She lives in - and runs - the Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast, which appears to carter to crazy guests.... but is actually a destination for aliens vacationing on planet Earth (in disguise, of course). Scrub is enlisted to help the guests with their disguises, a task that he's great at, but the town sheriff keeps sniffing around the B&B, believing there's som ...more
wahhh tiga hari berturutan menyelesaikan satu buku per hari. ini kemajuan buat saya..hahahaha..
saat membaca sinopsis buku ini, saya tertarik dengan ide ceritanya. dan kata keponakan saya yang masih berumur lima tahun, cover buku ini bagus (sampai dipelototin terus..hihihi).. ohhh ternyata cover seperti ini menarik perhatian untuk anak seumur itu ya^^ camkanlah penerbit!! :DD

Saya suka dengan prolog buku! Menambahkan semangat awal membaca buku :)
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Nina Wagner
I really enjoyed this book. 4.5 stars. A few spots could have used editing but all in all a great story with a happy ending. Perfect for a younger YA. I'd like to give five stars to the excerpt in the back - really looking forward to the 2nd one in the series now!
This book is about a guy named Scrub who has to go from Florida to his grandmother house for the summer. The grandmother ran a intergalactic bed and bath hotel. When Scrub reached the house he was kind of astonished to see lots and lots of aliens. Scrub later on even finds out that his grandmother runs a inn for aliens, not for humans. Grandma uses Scrub as her main care-taker for monitoring the visitors. Scrub also does a lot of shopping for cartloads of tin foil for dinner. The worst thing tha ...more
good,humorous,and well-written and no vulgar or mean humor.I recommend for 7-13 year~olds.
Jose Perez
I think that Clete Barrett Smith, author of Aliens On Vacation is really saying that we should accept everyone just the way they are. In the story Grandma tells scrub, Everyone deserves a nice, peaceful vacation... Everyone deserves to be treated well, no matter how different they appear(Smith,25). This quote explains that everybody should be treated fairly. This shows that Grandma wanted peace for the aliens. I can infer that the author is really trying to say that people today don't treat peop ...more
Tori I
Aliens on Vacation is pure fun. David (Scrub) is sent to his grandmother's for the summer. Never having met her, he is unsure what to expect--except that she's crazy. She owns the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast. It doesn't take David too long to realize that it is, in fact, an intergalactic Bed & Breakfast.

As David's grandmother comes to depend on his help running the Inn, with all its unusual requirements, David begins to realize how much it means to him that his grandmother places such
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Clete Barrett Smith’s first novel, Aliens on Vacation, will be published by Disney-Hyperion Books for Children in May, 2011. A sequel, part of The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast series for middle grade readers, will come out the following year. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Clete taught English, Drama and Speech at the high school level for over a dozen years and has also worked ...more
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