Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left (Zyrgon, #1)
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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...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 30th 1994 by Puffin (first published 1985)
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Kagama-the Literaturevixen
I really liked this book...even though I read it after I saw the tv-series wich I LOVED.
Rebecca
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
Doreen
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...more
Xerxessia
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.
Sally
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.
Tara Calaby
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.
Shauna
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.
Rowena
This was one of my favourite books when I was a kid.
Skyla Happy Go Lucky and Lost in Books
So I grew up on Australian TV shows back home in England and "Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left" was one of them. I read the book as a kid and remember just being completed taken in by it, I am sure if I read it again my review would be lower but I haven't been able to find a copy of it anywhere so it is a moot point.

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