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Preview — My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville
My Teacher is an Alien (My Teacher is an Alien #1)
Susan Simmons can tell that her new substitute teacher is really weird. But she doesn't know how weird until she catches him peeling off his face -- and realizes that "Mr. Smith" is really an alien!
At first no one will believe her except Peter Thompson, the class brain. When Peter and Susan discover Mr. Smith's horrible plans for the...more
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...more
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...more
2. I would reccommend this book to my brother Mohamed. I would reccommend...more
"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...more
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...more
Despite the [albeit charmingly] dated eighties-ness of some of the dialogue (“geekazoid”), Coville manages to dig into the heart of what a young reader wants—adventure, high stakes, and a story that understands them.
OVERALL: 3 out...more
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...more
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...more
Perhaps most importantly, this book...more
I read this book because I had my students read it. We needed something light from a different genre (we've been heavy into realistic modern fiction lately).
It's been a hit in class. The students are passing the quizzes related to it. Many of them went on to complete the book on their own, even knowing we'd continue reading aloud in class. One student even went to the library to pick up a...more
The narration on this one is not so great. Liza Ross does a great job with the adults, particularly men, but her voicing of Susan is really cloying and Peter sounds like a jerk, not the smartest...more