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Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left (Zyrgon #1)

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The hilarious account of a crazy alien family's stay on earth, as their extra-terrestrial powers and ignorance of earth customs get them into trouble, and adventures.

The planet Zyrgon is ruled by the galactic police called The Law-Enforcers, who are after Mortimer because has cheated the government lottery for the 27th time in a row. His family is governed by the youngest
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 30th 1994 by Puffin (first published 1985)
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One of my goals for 2015 was to read and review as many Robin Klein books as I could and it was wonderful starting with this old favourite of mine. I actually read the book I’d read (over and over) as a child – I think I got it for my 9th birthday and it’s sadly coverless, but otherwise completely readable!

This was the sort of sci-fi I adored as a kid (I also loved This Place Has No Atmosphere, which is still one of my favourite Paula Danziger books), but on this reread, I was struck by just how
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Oct 22, 2012 Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it really liked it
I really liked this book...even though I read it after I saw the tv-series wich I LOVED.
The story of a family of aliens who come to earth to escape from tax authorities on their own planet. They have a hard time fitting in and accustoming themselves to earth customs, with often hilarious results. Added to this is that nearly every member of the family is extremely eccentric. The father is a gambler who uses alien technology to stay one step ahead of the earthly betting systems, the mother is a fashion designer whose outfits are literally out of this world (as is the material she ma ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Doreen rated it really liked it
9/5/14 I hate the Goodreads app for constantly eating my reviews.

Anyway, this is one of my childhood favorites, brought back with me from Malaysia in hopes that I'll eventually be able to share it with my kids. It's one of the few books I'll bother to reread every so often. It helps that it's a slim volume, but I would never bother if it weren't also a terrific story. Despite being about aliens, it's a deeply human (and very funny) tale of family life and trying to keep it all together. I love R
Aug 29, 2012 Xerxessia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hmm, am Anfang zieht es sich etwas: dass die Familie sich gegen die Organisation von X sträubt, hatte ich dann schon schneller verstanden. Irgendwann kommt die Geschichte aber dann in Gang, und dann ist es OK. Eine witzige Idee jedenfalls und ein nettes Kinderbuch.
Funny how I was never that fond of this, until I saw the TV series! I guess the sound of it didn't interest me because I've never been that big on aliens, but then I saw the show and they weren't too crazy out-there.
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I'd be interested in re-reading this at some point, because I wasn't very excited by it in primary school, not really being a sci-fi kid, but would probably enjoy it more now.
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I read this in 2nd grade and loved it. I don't remember much of the plot anymore, but I hope to one day pick it up again for nostalgia's sake.
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