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My Teacher Is An Alien
Bruce Coville
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My Teacher Is An Alien (My Teacher is an Alien #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,024 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
Susan Simmons knows that her substitute teacher is really weird. But she doesn't know how weird until she catches him peeling off his face--and she realizes that "Mr. Smith" is an alien! Only Peter Thompson, the class brain, believes her, and when the two discover Mr. Smith's plans for their classmates, only they can save the rest of the sixth grade from a fate worse than ...more
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Jul 09, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember I literally couldn't put this book down. I read it at school. My sixth grade teacher noticed and borrowed it as one of her read out loud to the class books. The whole class loved it and after it was over they carried me around the class on their shoulders. Okay maybe the last part didn't happen but I was seriously popular for weeks cause kids wanted spoilers.
Mike Kalmbach
Dec 20, 2011 Mike Kalmbach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade students, especially those who have ever felt like an outcast
Recommended to Mike by: Steve Juhas
This book single-handedly made me fall in love with science fiction when I was in fourth grade (thanks, Mr. Juhas!). I reread this book dozens of times as a kid, but reread it for the first time in more than a decade over the last couple of nights.

One of the things I'd forgotten was that this book is written from the perspective of a sixth grade girl named Susan. In my opinion, her gender wasn't all that important to the story, but it's interesting to note that Coville chose to write from a gir
Apr 29, 2010 Marco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I really didn't have much of a life as a kid, but I remember ploughing through these one summer, probably when I had a twisted ankle and was couch-bound. Looks like he kept writing beyond the years I read him, but these were essential readings at the time. Miss you Scholastic!
May 02, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite books as a kid and I’m pleased to see students continue to check it out, as well as Coville’s newer books. It held up on re-read much better than expected – it’s really a suspenseful and well crafted story. Good use of the evil teacher trope. Mr. Smith has some very creepy standoffs with Susan as he stays in character as their teacher. Trying to balance supernatural threat with the pressure of daily life is always a great lens for the experience of being young - I lik ...more
Jun 25, 2016 Madissen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book because it was all about a teacher that was actully alien.
Jan 30, 2016 Becky added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
Shelves: mg-scifi, favorites
What is there to even say? Bruce Coville is the reason I love reading, and the reason I love sf/f in particular. This was the most formative series of my childhood. The first book is pretty light and silly (the end of the series is quite a bit heavier), and utterly delightful.
Apr 04, 2015 "KayFey" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't begin to say how much I ADORE this book! This was one of the reads that made my childhood! A student is suspicious about her sixth-grade classes new substitute teacher. He shows that he is preternaturally strong and other habits she finds..'off'. No one will listen to her or take her seriously except the classroom 'nerd' (this was during a time when it was a very, very bad thing to be a 'nerd'. Or even be called one. i.e. the 1980s). Soon, both students begin to track the teacher, follow ...more
May 27, 2013 Websterc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!!! I discovered this book when I was in middle school. This is how I figured out that books contain adventures between their pages. Then I was hooked. This book is the reason why I read. Thanks B.C.
Sep 23, 2011 Myles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-stuff, skiffy
I have had a rough week, and yesterday was a particularly bad day in said rough week. Don't worry, this won't be a blogreads post I just needed to get that out as a reason to get up at 1am and read this and My Teacher Fried My Brains. Coville, like many of the great authors of my childhood, is delicious delicious junk food. These books especially are like the Sour Patch Kids my brother and I would devour until our tongues bled. They're awesome, but you can't taste anything for a week or so after ...more
Andrew Foster
May 08, 2012 Andrew Foster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade Level: 6th to 8th

This science fiction book is about an alien that comes to Earth, poses as a teacher, and has a plan to abduct students for study. The main character, Susan, discovers he is an alien and the book unfolds with her attempting to foil the aliens plan. The book is not very long, but very easy to read. The dialogue includes internal monologue from the main character.

This book can be used to discuss unlikely friends (Peter and Susan), the possibility of aliens, or the process of
Nafi Camara
Aug 20, 2012 Nafi Camara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1.I love this book. It`s very interesting. for example, on page 93. When Duncan,Peter and Susan was spying on Mr.Smith. Duncan went in a room and saw a breif case. He opened it and he started to scream very loud because an alien head poped up and started to talk in a weird language. Another is that on page 51. When Peter and Susan was in the middle of the attic. They saw Ms.Schwartz frozen in a rectangular see through box.
2. I would reccommend this book to my brother Mohamed. I would reccommend
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When Mr. John Smith starts teaching the sixth grade, Susan Simmons assumes that Ms. Schwartz was fired for her radical teaching methods. Mr. Smith is anything but radical. He brings back the standard reader, vetoes the annual class play, refuses to read a fun book aloud, and hates music. When he unknowingly picks up a nasty note Susan writes, she tries to get it back during recess. This doesn't work so she follows Mr. Smith home. Hearing what sounds like a cat in a blender and finding the door u ...more
Unique Carranza
Sep 20, 2013 Unique Carranza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book i have read was,"My Teacher is an Alien".It was a very interesting book that was about students wanting to find there teacher that was nowhere to be found.And they had gotten a new teacher his name was,"Mr.Smith".They did not like him and they would go to his house and they would get information about him being an alien,also they would get information about there missing teacher,"Mrs.Schwarts".So they just kept going to see Mrs.Schwarts and take pictures of alien things so they can have ...more
Jul 22, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been...I don't know...over 20 years since I read this? I read a lot of books in middle school, and this was one of my favorites, and it's one of the few I still very clearly remember. I also remember the feeling of pure EXHILARATION reading it; it was definitely one of the first to so completely and utterly grab me the way it did. I loved this series then, as a middle-schooler, the way I love Dune, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Patrick O'Brien now.

Perhaps most importantly, this book
Grandma's Boy
Apr 30, 2015 Grandma's Boy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a teacher named Mr. Smith that his real name is Broxholm. He wants to take five kids with him so he can study them in space. A girl finds out and she tells a group of all her sixth graders about it. Just so i don't spoil the ending ill just say this, the alien is hideous. That is nice honey!
Shelby Wright
Title: My Teacher is an Alien
Author: Bruce Coville
Illustrator: Mike Wimmer
Genre: Science Fiction
Theme(s): Aliens, School, Determination
Opening line/sentence: "Hey Geekoid!" yelled Duncan Dougal as he snatched Peter Thompson's book out of his hand.
Brief Book Summary: When Susan gets a new teacher that she doesn't like, she is determined to find out why. One day she discovers that her teacher is an alien! She befriends the class nerd, Peter, to help her reveal their new substitute's true nature.
Julie Decker
Peter and Susan think there's something kind of weird about their new teacher, but everyone seems to think he's great. Using their smarts and ingenuity, they investigate him and manage to see him taking off a human mask: Oh no! He's an alien! What does he want, and how can they stop him from destroying them?

"Adult has a terrible secret that only kids see through" is an enjoyable plot for most kids to read--especially when they also are able to figure out the monster's one weakness and deploy it
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had to define my childhood by one series other than Harry Potter, Bruce Coville’s My Teacher books would be it. Just ask my mother, who read the whole series aloud to me at least twice in one year. It was probably a good thing she enjoyed them as well or she would have been driven insane.

Looking back now, My Teacher is an Alien is pretty predictable, but there is a nice surprise ending and it won’t feel predictable to its target age group, kids ages 8-12. To tell you the truth, even now I r
Juniper Shore
Jun 27, 2015 Juniper Shore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aliens, children
This is the first book in the "My Teacher is an Alien" series, and it's by far the best of the lot. Coville has a gift for creating characters with great depth and complexity, even in a children's book you can read in an hour. Susan is an intriguing heroine and Peter is more than just a sidekick. The dialog is realistic, the plot hums along, and the scenes flow smoothly and quickly.

I read this book when it was new, in the 1990s, and I recently reread it on the Kindle. I was glad to see the text
Melusine Parry
So bad. Loved it as a child.
Devon Flaherty
Mar 19, 2014 Devon Flaherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coville is a prolific writer of children’s science fiction and fantasy, with over 80 titles (plus short stories and anthologies), although My Teacher Is an Alien is one of his most famous titles (with the Sixth Grade Alien and Space Brat series). (I remember seeing copy of Alien way back from my own junior high experience.) Alien is number one in a short series that includes My Teacher Fried My Brain, My Teacher Glows In the Dark, and My Teacher Flunked the Planet. I didn’t expect much from the ...more
Brennan Ewell
Oct 03, 2014 Brennan Ewell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about sixth grade kids that go to school just like any normal day and discover that their teacher for that day is a substitute who is abnormally strong. They notice that the teacher is acting a bit weird, so they get suspicious. So after school they decide that they want to follow the teacher home to see what could possibly be going on. When they see the substitute take his mask off they are getting worried about where their real teacher might be, so they have to worriedly figure i ...more
Maddie Shell
May 21, 2016 Maddie Shell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-614
This book is amazing book to read aloud with kids! It gets them really excited about reading because it is the type of book that leaves you on a cliff hanger at every turn. It is about a bunch of sixth graders who go to school and don't enjoy majority of their teachers. There is only one teacher that they really connect with, but they show up to school one day and she is missing. There is a creepy, strict sub in her place. Susan is suspicious and begins to investigate! Even more than that, it ha ...more
I dug this out of a collection of books I had saved from my youth, with the hopes that my children would read them. My daughter passed but my son is interested so I gave it a reread.

Looking at what books my daughter read in 6th grade and this book (which I remember getting in one of my scholastic orders) I have to say writing back then was a little more edgy. Easy enough to polish off in a couple hours this book is packed with little cliffhangers and tense moments. I have to say the ending fizzl
J.D. Holman
I read this book to a sixth grade class as the school year wound down, finishing the book in the last library session of the year. The kids absolutely LOVED the book. With a few exceptions, it holds up pretty well against the tests of time (landline phones, film cameras, etc.). I really enjoyed watching their reactions as I read the story - and their teacher got some chuckles out of it, too. They were all pleasantly surprised to find out that there are other books in the series - and that some o ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-2009, 2016
I grabbed this from Overdrive on a whim this afternoon. I remember reading this whole series about a million times back when they first came out. I probably got them from a Scholastic book order, along with some puppy posters.

I didn't remember this book being so simple, but I knocked it out in 30 minutes and I'm not totally sure it has held up. Honestly, though, I don't have any kids or even know kids in the target age range, so maybe it has. What the heck do I know.

When I started this, I liked
Oct 05, 2011 3sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Susan knows there is something fishy about her teacher Mr. Smith, but she doesn't know what.When she was alone at the school,she hears a noise. She follows it down an empty hallway into a bathroom. Then she saw him peel the skin off his face and reveal his alien scales! Then,there was a flashing light in the mirror;an alien face shows in the mirror. The alien started to talk to "Mr. Smith" in their language about "getting the kids." How was she going to escape without him hearing or seeing her, ...more
Nov 21, 2013 Azalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Spoiler Alert***
What would you do if your teacher would be an alien? Would you run or discovered what your teacher is up too, just like Susan. Science fiction is the genre of this book because there's a surprise when the teacher supously retired and then the teacher that is the alien takes her place and also, because this can happen in the future to us. I liked this book because it is interesting and fun book to read.

The setting of this book takes it mostly on the house of Mr. Smith and sch
Donny Boycik
Apr 12, 2016 Donny Boycik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorites as a kid. It's a shame as we get older we stop reading books we loved as kids. Bruce coville is my all time favorite kids, author and I think he was better known in the 90"s when I was reading him than he is now. The cover art by the way looks terrible the original one I think was the best one. I also bought the last book in the series the day it came out in 1992! That's how much I love this series and it's author.
This was not a book I enjoyed. I read this book due to wanting to branch out when it came to genre. Sci-Fi was a genre I didn't really reach for at all.

This book started out a bit redundant. It mentions the kids concern of the teachers abnormal behavior. The action or plot actually picks up near the end of the middle and the beginning of the end. Especially in the sequence of events it may leave you disinterested.
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