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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  301 ratings  ·  72 reviews
One day while running on the trail near his house in upstate New York, Owen McGuire meets a girl with startling green eyes and bloody cuts all over her body who seems to be utterly alone. Her name is Campion, after the wildflower that is an alien species in the area—alien meaning “from someplace else”—and Campion claims to come from someplace else entirely, a planet called...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Square Fish (first published September 1st 2009)
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Thomas Magalski
Would you help a total stranger who says they are from another planet? Well in Signal by Cynthia C. DeFelice the main character Owen helps a girl named Campion build a signal to go back home.

The story starts out with a young boy who is about 13 who has just moved to New York in what's know as the finger lakes area. Owens mom died about 2 years ago and his dad is a workaholic and never spends time with Owen. He just moved in the summer so he had no friends up in his new neighborhood. Owen was goi...more
Laura
{Review}:

There are a few things that I love about this book.
1. It takes place on the shores of a finger lake in Upstate NY—where I’ve grown and spent all of my 29 years on this Earth.
2. Cynthia DeFelice is behind this great piece of fiction.
3. The cover is interesting and appealing, before you ever open the book to read it.
Cynthia DeFelice again paints a very realistic picture of an adolescent who is going through some pretty serious changes in his life. His mother has died, his father is very...more
Addison Children
Owen's mom died last year and his dad is always working, so Owen and his dog have spent most of the summer alone in a new place. They spend a lot of time on the local bike path either running or biking. Then Owen finds a girl, Campion, alone and bleeding in an abandon house. He knows they should get help, but she will have none of it. She spins for him a tale of her life on a distant planet, how she was accidentally left behind and parents who will soon come looking if Campion and Owen can just...more
Jodi Papazian
2012 Nutmeg nominee for Children.

I really enjoyed Signal. I thought that the plot was original - at least for me - and the characters were interesting.

Signal follows the story of Owen - a new-to-the-area kid who spends his days exploring the Finger Lakes and hanging out with his (incredibly awesome) dog, Josie. During one of his runs through the woods, he and Josie come across some bloody strips of cloth. Further investigation eventually finds a girl living in an abandoned farmhouse. The girl...more
Jodi
2012 Nutmeg nominee for Children.

I really enjoyed Signal. I thought that the plot was original - at least for me - and the characters were interesting.

Signal follows the story of Owen - a new-to-the-area kid who spends his days exploring the Finger Lakes and hanging out with his (incredibly awesome) dog, Josie. During one of his runs through the woods, he and Josie come across some bloody strips of cloth. Further investigation eventually finds a girl living in an abandoned farmhouse. The girl,...more
Nobies57
This story addresses something I have thought about since forever, which is the likelihood of there being other intelligent beings from another planet.
Owen, whose mother is dead (of course) and whose father never stops working (of course) is new to the Finger Lakes area of upstate NY. He finds a girl, cut up and bleeding in a remote and abandoned house. She tells him her name is Campion and that she is from another planet and was accidentally left behind when the US military got hip to their sp...more
Karen
Here's a touching story for anyone who has ever fantasized about escaping to a place where one's problems would disappear. Owen is a lonely boy whose mother died recently in a car accident. He and his grieving father have moved to a new community in upstate NY, but there's very little connection between them. It's summertime and Owen has no friends yet --- other than his faithful dog. When he meets Campion, a mysterious girl with sparkling green eyes who is living in an abandoned house in the wo...more
Stephanie
This is a good read for any time that you are looking for a book you can finish in a day or two. The story starts at a slower pace, but the action starts to build as soon as Campion and Owen meet. Campion was so mysterious, and she kept me guessing throughout the story. My heart went out to Owen because he was so lonely and depressed. I especially liked learning about Home and what a wonderful planet it is. As Owen learned more and decided to help Campion, I was able to see how he was finally ch...more
luhvBOOKS
Title: Signal

Author: Cynthia DeFelice

Series: N/A

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: One day while running on the trail near his house in upstate New York, Owen McGuire meets a girl with startling green eyes and bloody cuts all over her body who seems to be utterly alone. Her name is Campion, after the wildflower that is an alien species in the area—alien meaning “from someplace else”—and Campion claims to come from someplace else entirely, a planet called Home. She plans to signal her parents to come pick her...more
Mary
This is a short book, but it took me a few days to finish because I didn't have trouble putting it down. I think that 4th - 6th or young 7th graders will like it more than I did, because the suspense will work better for them. It's a boring and lonely summer for Owen in his new town in upstate NY. His mother died a little over a year ago, and his father is always busy at work. School hasn't started yet, and in this rural area there aren't many neighbors, so Owen is stuck with only his dog Josie...more
Cara
A boy, Owen McGuire, moves at the beginning of summer to upstate New York, so he doesn't have any friends or know anyone. He spends his days running along a trail near his home with his dog, Josie. One day on the trail, Josie picks up what appears to be a torn white t-shirt with blood on it. Owen searches for the "bloody guy" and discovers it to be a girl with a bleeding head wound and bloody slits up and down her arms. This girl, Campion, claims to be an alien stranded on Earth waiting for her...more
Lia F
Signal
Cynthia DeFelice
fantasy/realistic fiction
151 pages
March


Owen is a boy who has not been very close with his father ever since his mother died. He likes to jog in the woods with his dog, Josie. One day, they keep finding bloody pieces of cloth. The owner of the cloth is a girl about Owen's age who says she is an alien. Owen can't stand to leave her so he helps her build a signal for her family. When suspicions cause a lot of trouble for the pair. Will she ever get home?

I rated this book a t...more
Jenn Henderson
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Abby Johnson
After the death of his mother, Owen and his dad move to upstate New York at the beginning of the summer. It's a terrible time to move to a new place because Owen doesn't know anyone, so he spends a lot of time alone. Then one day he's running with his dog Josie and he finds a girl named Campion hiding out in an abandoned house. Cam tells him that she's an alien who was left behind and is just waiting for the full moon when she can signal her parents to come and get her. Owen is instantly intrigu...more
Luann
May 02, 2010 Luann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Luann by: JLG
Shelves: 2010, fiction, childrens
Owen and his father have just moved into a new town, so Owen has no friends other than his dog for the summer. His father is always busy with work, and they don't communicate much since Owen's mother died in a car accident. One day while taking his dog, Josie, for a run, he meets a girl who is injured. She claims to be from another planet and waiting for her parents to come back to pick her up. Owen agrees to help her build a signal so they will know where to find her.

This is a quick read, but...more
Victoria Whipple
I picked this one up after reading a couple of other alien books ("Smekday" and "Doom Machine"). Owen has just moved to a new town in upstate New York following the death of his mother. He and his father are each trying to cope with the loss in their own way, his father by immersing himself in his work. So when Owen finds an injured girl hiding in an abandoned house, he is very curious about her story that she is from another planet and must build a signal so her parents can come retrieve her an...more
Tatum
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Melanie
the book is actually well written. I would recommend this to a Jr high or high school reader. just not my taste in reading.
Vicki
It's hard to move to a new home and city when summer vacation is just beginning. Owen and his dog Josie discover someone living in an old abandoned house along a trail they like to run. Cam says she is an alien and waiting for her parents to come pick her up in their spaceship, Owen is intrigued. He is ignored by his father wo has become a workaholic since the death of his mother, so he is interested when Cam invites him to go "home" with her on the ship. But things are quite as they seem as Owe...more
Frynsg
It was too easy for an ending. I wanted more of a mystery and leave me wondering was it real?
Roxanne
Owen meets a mysterious girl who claims to come from another planet. He helps her send a signal to her parents, while helping her hide from the authorities. Is she really an alien from another world?
Becky
This is a slight read with a predictable ending, but I'll admit that I did want to keep reading. I loved Owen's character...such a good guy...caring...sensitive...strong...independent. I ached for his loss of his mother (without whose influence, he never would have believed Cam's alien story) and for his longing to become close to his workaholic father. Along with that and his dog, Josie, being his best friend, I was reminded of Opal in Because of Winn Dixie. This will be an easy book to book ta...more
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“To struggle against censorship, whatever its nature, and whatever the power under which it exists, is my duty as a writer, as are calls for freedom of the press. I am a passionate supporter of that freedom, and I consider that if any writer were to imagine that he could prove he didn't need that freedom, then he would be like a fish affirming in public that it didn't need water.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov

To protest GR's censorship of reviewers, I am replacing all of my reviews until either GRs change...more
Josie
This book is about a boy on a walk with his dog, Josie, when he finds a piece of T-Shirt with blood all over it. He finds several more pieces leading up to an abanded house. He runs home, but is so interested he comes back the next day to find out who this "bloody guy" is. It turns out to be a girl the same age as him, who claims she is from a different planet and got left behind. The boy tells her he'll help her get back. Will she ever get back to her home planet? Or will the Mothership never c...more
7mattc
Signal by Cynthia C.DeFlice was a vey touching story because of his mothers passing. The young boy Owen who is very lonely, runs off to a place where he thinks that all his problems will disappear. When he runs off to this place he finds a girl who is living in an abandoned house. They became friends and that is Owens first friend. I think that this book was very good and the characters are very easy to get into almost like a TV series. I think overall this was a good book but was a little to ea...more
Glenn
A Nutmeg award finalist, Signal is the first novel that my daughter (10) finished in one sitting. I promised her I would read it before her book club met to discuss it, so we could talk about it. The story follows Owen as he and his dog spend the summer following his mother's death alone in a new town while his father works long hours as a CPA. Things get much more interesting though, when he meets someone even more out of place than himself: Campion, a young alien girl, stranded on Earth.
Cornmaven
Nice quick read story about loneliness and neglect and the fantasizing about a more perfect world that occurs when you're in such a situation. I owuld have liked the author to have fleshed out some of the characters a little more, to have perfected the fantasy a little more, so that the ending would have had an even more forceful impact.

Some of the resolution is of course impossible in the real world, but kids won't know that. I think 4th-6th graders would like it.
M.
Owen is lonely, but while walking in the woods, he meets a girl who claims to be from outer space, from another planet. She’s waiting for her parents to come to pick her up. Turns out something else is true, but Owen doesn’t learn that almost till the end. Cameron has escaped from an abusive life and she’s trying to live her dream life, a place with no violence and no cruelty. The book has a happy ending.

Angela
This would most likely appeal to 5th to 7th graders. Much of it is about a sad, lonely little boy who lost his mom and has a difficult time communicating with his father. He meets a little girl whose story you want to believe, and the author does such a good job of pulling you in that you almost begin to hope there is life out there in the universe. I was a little disappointed in the rush ending.
Barbara
This was my first book by Cynthis DeFelice and I loved it! Even though I figured out the ending about 1/3 of the way through, I really enjoyed the friendship that grew between Owen and Cam. They both needed something that they found in each other. I think it would make a great companion to The Magician's Elephant. Similar themes of hope and believing in the impossible.
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