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My Teacher is an Alien (My Teacher is an Alien #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  6,718 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
When My Teacher is an Alien was first published no one expected it to become an international bestseller. But the combination of sassy humor, pulse-pounding adventure, and unexpected bits of philosophy proved irresistible to kids, parents, and teachers around the world.

Bowing to popular demand, author Bruce Coville created three more books about the lead characters--book

Paperback, 123 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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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!
Jan 10, 2010 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.
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 13, 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.
Nafi Camara
Jul 30, 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
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
Ellie Vinehout
Jan 10, 2017 Ellie Vinehout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine finding out that your sixth grade teacher was going to abduct five kids in your class, the best student, the worst student, and three of the most average students. Being the only two kids to find out if Mr. Smith was really an alien, Susan and Peter had to find proof.
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.
Feb 10, 2017 Pete rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-stories
I've had to fight my now 1st grade son for two years about reading this book. Ever since he came across it in a box he's been on me to read it too him. I told him last summer that in 2017 we could read it. On January 1st he brought it up and I agreed. My main concern was that he wouldn't understand much of the 6th grade setting or storyline. It was no problem, he loved it but 3rd grade age would probably be the sweet spot. This is the first book in awhile, other than Spider-Man that he brought u ...more
Jan 16, 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
Apr 04, 2015 "KayFey" rated it it was amazing
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
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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!
Melusine Parry
So bad. Loved it as a child.
Basically silly sci-fi book about a 6th grade girl who discovers that her new long-term substitute teacher is an alien, and she has to prove it. At various times the students are disrespectful, dishonest, misbehaving. The end somewhat justifies the means, but it is easy to overlook in such a frivolous book.
Feb 02, 2017 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: january-2017
This was a fun little alien adventure.
Mar 23, 2017 Sam.the.wolf.king rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pretty good book and really exiting.
Hagen S
this book is about Susan Simmons is a 6th grader and she has the best teacher ever in till one day she has a substitute teacher. First of all she thinks that miss Stuarts is just sick but then Mr. Smith says he is the new teacher. one day she fallows him home and she see's him take off his FACE!

Susan is so scared of what she saw that the next day she went to his house again to investigate and finds miss Stuarts in in some kind of light thing and she is frozen but when Susan puts her hand up to
Sep 30, 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
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.
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
Oct 04, 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
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
Another nostalgic childhood read that I might have been better off not reading as an adult. It didn't live up to my fond memories (few childhood books do, unfortunately), but it was a very quick read and I found myself enjoying it.

The book is quite dated, and there were numerous times as I was reading it to my husband that we would exchange eye rolls at a particularly corny part. Also, I'm not sure that a kid picking this up today, after having read more recent kid lit, would like it. This book
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
This is another of those books that I think kids will like more than I do. It involves 6th graders, and I'd say 6th grade is the upper end of the range of most interested readers. It's an easy read, with short chapters, lots of repetition and a plot that is not too complex. Struggling readers may appreciate this. Susan Simmons and Peter are interesting characters, and even the school bully, Duncan, is not as flat as some. That's one of the more interesting themes of the book: defining people acc ...more
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