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The Only Alien on the Planet

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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  1,860 ratings  ·  398 reviews
They've all gotten used to him. The one who never speaks. The one who never smiles. They all say he's retarded. So, though his name is Smitty, they call him "The Alien." And from the moment Ginny sees him she knows she has to meet him. Because she's been feeling weird since she and her family moved from the West Coast. She knows what its like to feel alone. Ginny decides t ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (first published January 1st 1995)
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Lindsey

I saw this book in a pile of discarded school library books that had been donated to the library where I work. The title put me off for a moment, but the summary intrigued me, so I dropped a quarter in the donation jar and took it home. It utterly captured me.

At first Ginny was the attraction. It's good to find a main character with the hero's heart--trying to do right, even when it's hard, intensely loyal in her friendships and family relationships, and mostly unselfish while still wonderfull
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Janette
I started this book one evening, thinking I would read for a little bit before I went to bed. I couldn't put the book down. I finished it at 3:30 in the morning, knowing that not only was I going to be really tired the next day, I was going to have to skip breakfast in order to get a bit more shut-eye. So yeah, this is one I'd recommend.

It talked about abuse but not in a way that was so depressing you wanted to give up your faith in humanity. I've been thinking about the book since then, wonder
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Melissa
This is my favorite book of all time and that is saying something. The writing, the story, the characters. This book is wonderfull. I can't say enough good. Don't let the title throw you. I have reread this book 5 times and have two copies so I can lend it out. It is good and clean and a great book for teens to read! I would make my students read this if I was a teacher. It would also be great for any book club and Kristen Randel is great about writing back. LOve This book.LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LO ...more
Scribs
One of the most unique and fascinating books I've ever read. No fantasy elements, no sci-fi, no romance triangle. (don't you like it already?)

The characterization is some of the best I've ever read. Ginny's is nothing special--she's in a few honor's classes, she has a crush on a guy from afar that plays the french horn, her brothers tease her, and she's a little bit of a coward. The most interesting thing about her IMO is her family. LOVE that she has a supportive family with actual parents pres
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Judy
This is a wonderful book and one of my favorites. I read it while I was a teenager and kept on signing it out from the library. In the end, I had to get my own copy because it is a book that I revisit every year or two.

The story follows Ginny, whose family has been uprooted to a new place where she has to make new friends and fit in. She befriends her next door neighbour, Caulder, and becomes drawn into the mystery surrounding Caulder's friend - Smitty. Smitty does not smile, does not speak, do
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Kristi
Great book! I seriously read it in one sitting. (Which means it is a pretty quick read, too, because I am a slow reader.) I hate the title. I thought after reading the book I would like the title better; I don't. I would have never read it if my dearest friend hadn't recommend it.

It is the story of a senior girl that moves into a new town. She learns that she lives next to a boy that never talks, ever. Another friend and she decide to befriend him and find a way to break him out of his "shell."
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Diana
Ginny was happy and comfortable with her life. That is, until her parents uprooted the family and moved practically to a new planet. Now, her parents are never home, her best-friend brother has gone away to school, and she has to make friends starting from scratch. She’s miserable. Then she meets a boy- at least, it’s as close to “meeting” can be with a human being who doesn’t communicate or even look at anyone. Intrigued, Ginny and her new friend Caulder make an experiment of this so-called ali ...more
Allison
This book...a friend forced me to read it. I didn't want to at first - it sounded kind of disturbing - but once I started it I couldn't put it down. I read it in less than two hours.

It's very obviously written for young adults, but it's not childish at all. So often young adult authors try to write like they hear young people speak and the results are disastrous. Kristen Randle's dialogue flows effortlessly - her characters speak like real teenagers but avoid sounding forced and without being id
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Haley
The Only Alien on the Planet is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. Our main character is Ginny, and we start with the classic move to a new town and changing on all that she knows. She meets a new boy named Caulder and begins to make new friends. But there is a strange boy named Smitty that she wants to know more about.

I would classify this as a mystery, I believe. As readers we are kept in the dark about a lot of different things, until nearing the end of the book. I found that
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Debbie
I remember reading this book in a carrel at the library at school, although I'd bought the book, so I don't know why I would have been reading it at the library. What I remember more clearly is finishing the book but still feeling like I was in the book. I get sucked into books while I'm reading them, and sometimes I'll think a lot about them afterward, but I don't think any book has ever held me in its world for so long. (It wasn't days or anything, probably just half-an-hour.) I wasn't even re ...more
Allison
This book had an interesting story about how impressionable a child can be and how it can so negatively affect his whole life. However, it was at times a little unbelievable because if his parents had been even a little involved in his life they would've figured out how to help him.
Other than that - I felt like the teenage characters in this book spoke like they were all highly educated adults. Not really realistic of how most teenagers speak.
Not a terrible read though . . .
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
The Only Alien On The Planet was a well written, thought-provoking masterpiece. Lately, I've been complaining that a lot of YA books lack the wow factor. Well, I finally found one! The beginning was a little slow due to the character development, but I did enjoy it. I definitely got to know the characters on a personal level. After a few chapters, the book became very addictive. I simply couldn't put it down, it was attached to my hand until I finished it. At first, Smitty's character was very m ...more
Michelle
I read this book ages ago and was just thinking that I needed to read it again. It is YA, but as you know I enjoy them just as much as adult ones!!

Ginny was happy and comfortable with her life. That is, until her parents uprooted the family and moved practically to a new planet. Now, her parents are never home, her best-friend brother has gone away to school, and she has to make friends starting from scratch. She’s miserable. Then she meets a boy- at least, it’s as close to “meeting” can be with
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jo mo
3.5/5

i actually, really, honestly thought this was a sci-fi book, an assumption based solely on the title and (gorgeous!) 90ies cover. i was wrong. oh, so wrong.

ginny and her family relocate to another place. a new school. new faces. she makes some friends and finds a intriguing young man at school, who's treated like a pariah. michael (the pariah) doesn't talk, nor does he show any kind of emotion. she's curious and learns more about him than she bargained for. ginny feels responsible when she
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Brin
Sometimes a book can take you completely by surprise. The Only Alien on the Planet is one such book. I bought this on a whim, thinking the description sounded intriguing (though the title did initially put me off a bit). I started reading and found I couldn't stop until I had finished the book. I then went back and read it through again, not something I do very often.

The Only Alien on the Planet is the story of Ginny, a high school senior whose parents have decided to uproot and move from the We
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Chris
Jun 07, 2010 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Maren Fischer
Shelves: young-adult
A good book that is probably perfect for its intended audience: idealistic teens trying to make a difference in the world. The book is actually less didactic than I expected, and the elements that felt contrived (let's get rid of the parents for 2 months so Ginny can't talk to them about things) were in the setup at the beginning, and the actual playout of the story was good. I was pleasantly surprised with the epilogue, and still haven't decided how far in the future "since then" refers to.

For
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Kelsey
When I started the book, I was skeptical. Its set up seemed like the most typical start for a book ever - a girl moves, feels uncomfortable in her new home, makes friends with the popular girl at school, and notices the quiet beautiful boy in the back of the room. But this book is so, so much more than that. It's intense, and I was certainly not prepared for how much this book would challenge me, but I'm so glad I read it. A really wonderful read.
Rachel
This is a YA real-life kind of novel. Basically, a young lady moves to a new town, makes new friends, and helps one of her new friends, who doesn't speak at all in the first half of the book, deal with his crappy situation. It's got a little romance, but that isn't the focus. The focus is more about what you can know about a person through their actions, and how companionship can alleviate suffering. It's helpful for teaching readers how to let someone in mental fragility deal with their problem ...more
Jesse Painter
I loved this book, more than I actually thought I would.
I love how we really get to know the main characters, how they think and why. I loved that Caulder had good intentions and was an overall good guy, but made me want to punch him for callousness. The characters were complex, definitely reflecting reality and how humans are.
I also like how the story wasn't focused solely on Smitty and Ginny. Usually, parents, friends, and definitely siblings kind of "fade away." I liked how the siblings of bo
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Savannah Lott
This novel is about a girl named Ginny who just moved from a comfortable home, in a comfortable town, where there is only one season and you only know the people that matter. Her world gets turned upside down with the move, not only because it's a new town, but because she likes this kid named Smitty who hasn't talked in 15 years. She thought that she was an alien in this new town but everyone treats Smitty like he's from an entire new universe. Through forced friendship, Smitty is able to conqu ...more
Sarah Austin
The Only Alien on the Planet is about a group of kids who come together and learn from each other. Ginny just moved to town, and she is starting senior year. She spots the “alien” in her homeroom class. All of her classmates have dubbed Smitty Tubbs, “The Alien”. Smitty has not spoken a word since he was two. Ginny’s interests are piqued by Smitty’s silence, but her friends tell her to keep her distance. After school, Ginny meets Caulder. Caulder has been nice to Smitty since the first grade. C ...more
Korben
The novel is told from the perspective of Ginny Christianson. She is from a functional family who owns a graphic design business. Her parents decide to move across the country right before her senior year of high school. Ginny is nervous about being in a new place and making friends. She makes friends with a boy named Caulder who then introduces her to an attractive boy name Smitty Tibbs. Smitty is known for being very intelligent, but no one has ever heard him speak. Through a series of events, ...more
Olivia Shackelford
The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen Randle is about a girl named Ginny Christianson who has recently moved from the only town she's ever lived in to a new town with new people in it. She hates the move. Slowly but surely, however, she begins to make friends in this town. There is only one person she can't figure out, Smitty Tibbs. Smitty isn't stupid but he simply doesn't talk. Not ever. Not to his mom, dad, or even what you would call his closest friend, if you could say that he has any tru ...more
Tayler Bingham
This was the very first book I saw in the Young Adult section of our library. The title itself drew me in with its intrigue, and I was not disappointed! The title is absolutely indicative of what the book possesses.
Ginny, a young high school girl going through the pangs of moving to a new town, is our main character. Throughout her absolutely frightful days of being into a new town, Ginny finally meets those couple friends that make any new girl's cloudy days seem like hope is in the horizon. B
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Taxandria
I literally stayed up all last night reading this novel. The synopsis was so gripping, I just had to know what was up with Smitty. The first part of the book reminded me a bit of the film, The Boy Who Could Fly. In that film, 15 year old Milly meets a silent boy who lives next door to her and is in her classes at school. Her teacher even asks her to make a bit of a special project of him, and she spends a lot of time reading to him, taking him to the park etc.

Ginny is a similar type, new to the
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Sharon Marchingo

I found this undiscovered book while stocktaking and was delighted to find out that it was not science fiction but a book about teenagers and relationships. As an ALA (American Library Association) best book for young adults, I was immediately intrigued. On the back cover, it is described as, ‘An inside look at a ‘good’ family gone bad.’
Main character Ginny, moves to a new city with her loving family for a fresh start and for her to finish her senior year at a new school. She is annoyed and fru
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Kelli
Ginny has a rough start to her senior year in high school. Everything has changed, she is in a new town, new house, new school, and every thing is confusing and unfamiliar. However, she quickly makes friends that inform her that the hot guy in the back of the class that Ginny is instantly drawn to is actually the school freak. Smitty Tibbs because he has never spoken a word to anybody-ever. He never even looks at other people, it's like he is an Alien.
Ginny along with her new best friend Caul
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Claire Mortimer
Ginny does not like change. She is comfortable with her small town and loves her friends and family. But all of the sudden, right before her Senior year of high school, her parents decide that need an adventure and move to a new town. Ginny adjusts well to her new school and starts to feel normal when she sees the most beautiful boy in the world. Smitty Tibbs is a weird guy. He doesn't talk. Its not that he is shy or dumb. He just doesn't talk at all. As Ginny begins to befriend Smitty she start ...more
Madison
This book is about a girl who moves into a town because her parents are starting a business. Once moved there she meets a couple of friends who are with here along for the journey. She also is fascinated by this neighbor boy who doesn't talk but is really smart. She feels that there is something in him that is waiting to burst out and so the story is about her helping him and discovering herself along the way. There is also a big story about the boy but I can't give anything away. It is very psy ...more
Miri Kennedy
This is now one of my favorite books! It's got a Beauty and the Beast-type feel to it. I'm a sucker for the dark and mysterious, and Smitty definitely fits into this category. The main character, Ginny, works together with her friend Caulder to reach out to this "alien" who does not speak or show emotion. In what would seem to be a hopeless endeavor, they stumble upon a well-kept, dark secret of Smitty's.

Besides the subtle romance, I love how this book focuses so much on family. Ginny's parents
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