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Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  78 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Beach culture and UFOs collide in this lighthearted adventure story about an alien encounter at an aging Cocoa Beach motel.

Twelve-year-old Aidan lives and works at his parents' motel on the Space Coast in Florida, so he's seen a lot of weird stuff. Even his best friend, Louis, is a little bit crazy--he's obsessed with UFOs and swears he saw one two years ago. But things at
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
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Ms. Yingling
Jun 19, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing
Aidan enjoys working at his parents' Space Coast motel, even though he wishes they lived off site so they could get away once in a while. When NASA has a space clipper launch compromised by what seems to be a UFO, Aidan's summer takes a turn for the frenetic. His friend Louis has been obsessed with UFO ever since a car accident (which he claims involved one!) that left him with a prosthetic leg, so when reporter Brita and her sidekick, xenobiologist Dr. Gleeman, set up shop at the motel, he's th ...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
UFO'S over Canaveral? Extraterrestials vacationing in Florida? Widespread government cover-up? Read this delightful yet thought-provoking story and see. For middle-grades and up.
Jun 27, 2014 Joshua rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars... loved the book however ending very abrupt... should have been called little gray men... :)
Steven R. McEvoy
Jun 02, 2014 Steven R. McEvoy rated it it was amazing
With each new book published by Greg Leitich Smith I am more impressed with his writing. This book was a great fun story. It was humorous, entertaining and a little silly, but that being said it is a book kids will love. Greg is the author of the Chronal Engine and also the two books set at the Preshtigo School in Chicago: Ninja, Piranhas, and Galileo and Tofu and T. Rex. This book set in Cocoa Beach in South Florida is a mash up of Beach culture, UFO enthusiast, and Space Flight fanatics around ...more
Pop Bop
Mar 10, 2014 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Funny, Twisty and Engaging UFO Adventure/Lark

This book is a total hoot, and it's smarter, funnier, better written and better plotted than a quick glance might at first suggest.

In a nutshell the plot sounds fairly predictable. Aidan lives at his family's motel on the Cape Canaveral coast. Aidan and his UFO obsessed buddy Louis witness a UFO event while working a shuttle launch party. Coverups, invasion rumors, and suspicions about the possibly extra-terrestrial origins of some of the motel guests
Jan 22, 2015 M. rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable read for grades 4 though middle school, boys and girls. The story is set on the Florida coast near Cape Canaveral and combines NASA space vehicle launches, UFOs, aliens, government cover-ups, and a whole assortment of unconventional characters. Aiden, age 12, lives with his parents at their oceanfront motel and spends his summer days keeping the pool area clean and doing whatever else needs to be done in the way of maintenance and visitors' requests. His friend Louis, a UFO ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Angus rated it it was amazing
A crazy caper at Cape Canaveral featuring UFOs, Aliens and an amazing array of characters at the Mercury Inn Motel. This was a rollicking good read aloud - to my 7 year old - full of interesting characters, surprise plot twists, and a mystery from outer space that three friends eventually solve. Don't want to give away too much, but it is packed with slapstick humor and shenanigans, and features delightful spot illustrations by Andrew Arnold.
Mar 23, 2014 Terryann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, advanced-copy, scifi
at the cape canaveral coast, a young boy who works in his parents' motel, along with his best friend uncover an alien, a government cover up, and much more. i adore this book. a fun read with some science and some sic-fi. kids are sure to enjoy the aliens, the atmosphere and the fun pace. hilarious, highly recommended.
John Bandoja
Sep 22, 2014 John Bandoja rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read. Nice and short. The story was humorous and well-written. This was a good read and only a middle grade level.
Gabriel Knebel
Feb 19, 2016 Gabriel Knebel rated it really liked it
I picked up this book expecting it to be half-decent (never judge a book by it's cover, XD). This is an interesting book full of science, fun, fake legs, UFOs, luau pigs, and many other things like such. It starts with one kid finding a table and chairs in the pool of his family's inn, The Mercury Inn. His friend has aliens on the brain 24/7. Later that night, the power of EVERYTHING cuts out- and I mean EVERYTHING, including battery-powered objects, and a UFO flies overhead. To find out why, re ...more
Jun 13, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
Very cute story. A great introduction to alien encounters.
Aidan lives in a hotel that his parents own. It is not your typical Holiday Inn. No, Aidan’s hotel is the Mercury Inn and they are located on the Space Coast in Florida. Which means that they can watch NASA shuttle launches from the hotel’s beach. And of course they play up the whole UFO type of thing as well. So those that love anything to do with space come to the Mercury Inn. In fact, even Aidan’s best friend, Louis, is totally obsessed with UFOs. Louis is sure that he saw a UFO a couple of y ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Gabriel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This book is about a boy named Aidan, a boy named Louis, and a girl named Dru. Aidan's parents own the Mercury Inn. Every rocket launch, the have a little something called a launch party. but on one particular launch party, a UFO flies over the inn! Then Aidan finds out that Dru is actually an alien! Then he finds out that Dru is trying to get a dead alien named Ishmael to her ship, but trying to avoid all the news people also! This surprising, fun, adventure story is a great read.
Thanks to Roaring Brook Press for providing an advance copy at the ALA Midwinter conference.

3.5 stars. Solidly entertaining. I enjoyed the unique cast of characters, and the fresh take on the aliens and UFO concept. Lots of humor and a plot twist that I didn't expect. Would definitely recommend to readers who like contemporary humor/action and a bit of mysterious sci-fi.
Brandy Painter
Oct 04, 2014 Brandy Painter rated it liked it
This is a fun quirky sic-fi book that has a dry sense of humor and a lot of situational comedy. It isn't really my favorite type of book, but can see how 3rd-5th graders would find a lot of enjoyment in it. I did have an issue with (view spoiler)
Lindsey Lane
Jul 13, 2014 Lindsey Lane rated it it was amazing
This book is for every kid who looks up at the sky and wonders, "Is anyone out there?" It's also for every kid who wonders why their neighbors seem like aliens. Yeah, this is a great book for every kid with an imagination and a sense of humor. Loved it.
Gail Shipley
Feb 09, 2015 Gail Shipley rated it really liked it
Super easy read. Kids will love the martian aliens. Has chapter pictures. Is just a fun book. great for reluctant readers.
Apr 08, 2016 Alyisha rated it it was ok
I read this for my children's book club at the library. The kids really liked it but I wasn't super impressed. The ending felt abrupt and everything that came before it seemed quick and unexplored, too. There were some passages that I thought were really strange for a kid's book (like when Brita explains the "alien aesthetic"). I did love that one of the (water-loving) aliens was called Ishmael. I also loved that when I asked the kids in my club who the villain of the story was, one of the littl ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Maranda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4th-5th grade read as an introduction to aliens. Entertaining with a much needed twist towards the end.
May 22, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
I'm not a huge science fiction fan, but I'm always looking for youth and tween sci fi to read in order to be able to recommend it to young sci fi readers. This one was pretty entertaining, not too complex, and had some good twists at the end.
I was totally on board - even with wonky science "explanations" - until the big reveal on page 157. Then things got bonkers.
Barb G
Sep 15, 2014 Barb G rated it liked it
Shelves: andrew
My ten year old loved this book. I thought it was okay.
Lisa Kizer
Sep 15, 2015 Lisa Kizer rated it really liked it
Plot twist near the end.
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