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Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn

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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
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
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Ms. Yingling
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.
Joshua
4.5 stars... loved the book however ending very abrupt... should have been called little gray men... :)
Steven R. McEvoy
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
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
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M.
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
Angus
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.
Terryann
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
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.
Maria
Very cute story. A great introduction to alien encounters.
Joella www.cinjoella.com
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
Gabriel
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.
Amy
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
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
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
Super easy read. Kids will love the martian aliens. Has chapter pictures. Is just a fun book. great for reluctant readers.
Annelise
Fun, but just don't feel like finishing.
Barb G
My ten year old loved this book. I thought it was okay.
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