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Aliens on Vacation (Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  2,257 Ratings  ·  303 Reviews
David, otherwise known as Scrub (don't ask), isn't happy about leaving Florida and his friends to summer with his grandmother in "Middle of Nowhere," Washington. When he arrives at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he isn't surprised by its 60s meets Star Wars decor, but he is surprised by the weird-looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is a portal, a ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 04, 2011 Becca rated it it was amazing
I believed in Santa Claus for much longer than everyone else my age. My mother proudly raised me to believe in fairies and (let’s be honest here) I still kind of do, particularly whenever I see small cascades in a stream (“fairy waterfalls!”) or tiny holes in tree trunks (“a fairy bedroom!”). My friends all shake their heads at the knowledge that I follow cryptozoology lore online the way that other people my age follow sports or celebrity gossip, and I hope beyond all reasonable hope, fingers c ...more
Siddharth Chakravarthy
Oct 14, 2016 Siddharth Chakravarthy rated it really liked it
Neat Entertainer with a lovely climax. That romance between Scrub and Amy though ^_^
May 03, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
When Scrub is sent to his Grandma's house in the state of Washington, he figures his summer is going to be miserable. Instead of hanging out at the pool and playing basketball with his friends in Florida, he's stuck helping his Grandma, who he has never even met before, at her Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast. At first he thinks the odd tourists at the B&B are nutty sci-fi fans, but then he learns the truth: they're actually real aliens who have come to Earth for a vacation! So much for a bor ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Charlyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 4 and up
Recommended to Charlyn by: Texas Bluebonnet Reading List 2013
Scrub's plans for the summer are shanghaied when his parents choose to send him to stay with his grandmother at her inn, the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast. At first Scrub sees the inn as an anachronism straight from the 60s, a blend of Mr. Spock and the Flower Children, with his grandmother as the aging hippie who runs the place. He quickly realizes the establishment and its wild exterior and strange guests are a source of irritation for the citizens of the town and especially the sheriff.

Eileen H
Dec 19, 2012 Eileen H rated it it was amazing
Aliens On Vacation
Wow, what a werd grandma but i'll get to her later. Have you ever gone somewhere for vacation and you look around and feel like you don't fit in at all, well you think you do but thats nothing compared Scrubs vacation. I love this book and ( manly the amazing fast paste description of the aliens )
how Im able to connect with Scrub as someone when trying to keep a secret but sometimes it herts my friends along the way. Well, I think its time to give you some hints on this book. F
Lexi Z
Dec 06, 2012 Lexi Z added it
Right now I m reading ALIENS ON VACATION By Clete Barrett Smith. It's about a boy named Scrub who as to stay at his crazy, stuck-in-the-1960s grandma's Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast for almost the whole summer. Scrub only has to be her one night before he starts to realize that this isn't your typical bed and breakfast. And he's right. It's bed n breakfast is for aliens. That's one big secret to keep don't you think? I've had to keep secrets for me, my friends, and my family before and I can s ...more
Ms. B
Jul 25, 2014 Ms. B rated it really liked it
A humorous story about a most unusual summer vacation.
Most twelve-year-olds don't spend their summers working fourteen hours at their grandmother's Bed and Breakfast which caters to aliens, yet that is exactly what David (nicknamed Scrub) does in this story. Floridian Scrub is spending the summer at his peace loving, granola crunching health nut Grandma's Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast located in the Pacific Northwest of Washington. Both the humans in Grandma's hometown and the aliens are unlik
Robin J.
Mar 27, 2013 Robin J. rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading the book Aliens on Vaction, By: Clete Barret Smith. In this book there is boy and his name is David (but everyone calls him scrub). Scrub get's sent to his grandma's bed and breakfist for the summer becuase his parent's are to busy. Scrub is not happy about having to stay with his grandma for the summer. When he gets to his grandma's, he thinks somthing is a bit odd, and sure enough the bed and breakfist is an intergalactic bed and breakfist. So over the summer he gets a j ...more
CH13_Lisa Matthews
Feb 13, 2013 CH13_Lisa Matthews rated it really liked it
Instead of enjoying summer hanging out in the Florida, David will be spending his summer at his grandmother’s space inn. David come to realizes that his grandmother‘s guest at the inn are not what they appear to be. David and his new friend Amy seems particularly determined to solve the mystery of the inn's clientele.

This is a fun book, the first in a series, and younger readers will certainly enjoy the variety of aliens and their unique requests. Each chapter begins with a goofy alien illustra
Catherine C
Dec 06, 2012 Catherine C rated it it was amazing
So far I really like Aliens On Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith because it is science fiction and humor all in one. It is about a boy named Scrub who is going to his Grandmother's Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast for the summer. He doesn't really want to go but both his parents are going on business trips so he has no choice. At first he thinks that intergalactic means a bunch of crazy outer space decorations. The he finds out that the guests at the bed and breakfast are aliens visiting from anot ...more
Sep 20, 2011 K.C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard about this book on the Chuckanut radio show. First of all, this is a kids book, but I've always been a kid at heart. I loved this book and its light hearted humor. David nicknamed Scrub is a young man who is sent to spend the summer with his grandma who he hasnt been too close with. She runs the "intergalactic bed & breakfast" and yes it really is a vacation spot for aliens on a "primative" planet. The B&B is set in Washington (where else?) close to the Canadian border. As Scrub ...more
Abby Johnson
Jan 17, 2011 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: blogged
When Scrub is shipped off to his grandmother's bed and breakfast for the summer, he's in for a surprise... instead of typical tourists, the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast caters to vacationing aliens from all over the universe!

This is a funny, science-fiction romp that'll please kids looking for laughs. If the story had been a little tighter (and the book a bit shorter), I think it would have been near perfect. There's a slight romantic subplot that, while it feels fine for the characters an
Kaitlyn W
Recently I have started reading Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith. This book is about a little boy named Scrub and how he gets to spend his wild summer in Tampa Florida with his grandma. One reason I really like this book is because there are many twist and turns with what's happening throughout the story. It has many different ways of telling you certain details you need to know to truly understand the book.I can relate to this when last summer I got put in a situation for summer camp t ...more
May 11, 2015 Haji rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantisy-sci-fi
I think this is an awesome book for school age children graeds 5-8th. It is a science fiction book with a litlle comedy. It is about a boy named David, whom they call scrub, and is sent to stay with his grandmother for the summer. Scrub, is not happy about going to stay with his grandmother, only to find out, she has a strange bed and breakfast. He finds a frind there named Amy, and they try to solve the mystery of this strange bed and breakfast. They discovered scrubs, Aliens in disguise, and t ...more
Gwen the Librarian
This fun fish-out-of-water (or aliens-out-of-water) tale begins when Scrub is sent to spend the summer with his grandma in her kooky bed and breakfast. It has a space theme, and we discover early on that it's actually a hotel for visiting aliens and Scrub must spend his summer disguising the aliens so they will blend in on earth. Throw in some basketball and a budding romance and you have a summer read.

I had some niggling details that bugged me, but I think the book will really appeal to kids.
Johara Almogbel
Dec 24, 2015 Johara Almogbel rated it it was ok
Er. I don't know. I didn't enjoy the book very much, I don't know why. The premise is nice, but I felt like it fell short of my expectations by quite a bit. It might've been because the only character I really liked was Mr. Harnox, everyone else was kind of cardboard. I felt like I was watching a movie in the 90s. The writing isn't bad, not really, it just didn't resonate with me. I wish the alien bit was more fleshed out, but oh well.

But yeah. The cover's nice though. And, yeah.
Apr 12, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it
I'll be writing this up for an upcoming Sci Friday! (full review on my blog)

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Nina Wagner
Feb 03, 2013 Nina Wagner rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. 4.5 stars. A few spots could have used editing but all in all a great story with a happy ending. Perfect for a younger YA. I'd like to give five stars to the excerpt in the back - really looking forward to the 2nd one in the series now!
Christopher Guinto
May 13, 2016 Christopher Guinto rated it it was amazing
This book was okay. In the book a boy goes to his grandma's hotel which has aliens. I would recommend this book to a person who's interested in aliens.
Jul 25, 2013 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9
good,humorous,and well-written and no vulgar or mean humor.I recommend for 7-13 year~olds.
Tori I
Oct 24, 2012 Tori I rated it it was amazing
Aug 03, 2011 TheBookSmugglers rated it really liked it
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers:


First Impressions:

Ana: From beginning to end I had nothing but fun with Aliens on Vacation. It features a clever yet lonely boy as a protagonist, a fun, creative plot featuring Aliens on vacation in our planet and some really cool secondary characters that added lots of flavour to the story. I loved it.

Thea: The debut novel from Clete Barrett Smith, Aliens on Vacation is exactly the type of fun, hilario
Oct 09, 2016 Mandewi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Menghibur sekali. <3
Kalau di cerita umum, alien berusaha menyembunyikan dirinya sendiri dari manusia, di cerita ini para alien sengaja datang ke bumi untuk berlibur dan menginap di Penginapan Antargalaksi yang dikelola oleh manusia. Serunya adalah di bagian usaha-usaha Scrub dan neneknya (pemilik Penginapan Antargalaksi) untuk membuat 'tamu' mereka terlihat seperti manusia normal. Konfliknya oke, endingnya keren. Pengin baca buku kedua dan ketiga tapi katanya Atria nggak menerbitkan seri beri
The Rusty Key
Apr 04, 2011 The Rusty Key rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Becca Worthington

Recommended for: Ages 8-12 / Grades 3-7

One Word Summary: Intergalac-tastic.

I believed in Santa Claus for much longer than everyone else my age. My mother proudly raised me to believe in fairies and (let’s be honest here) I still kind of do, particularly whenever I see small cascades in a stream (“fairy waterfalls!”) or tiny holes in tree trunks (“a fairy bedroom!”). My friends all shake their heads at the knowledge that I follow cryptozoology lore o
Seit jenem blöden Schultheaterstück, in dem er einen Baum spielen musste, war David den Namen Scrub, Gebüsch, nicht wieder losgeworden. Anstatt den Sommer über für die Aufnahme in die Basketballmannschaft zu trainieren wird David von seinen berufstätigen Eltern für die Ferien quer über den amerikanischen Kontinent zur Oma in den Staat Washington geschickt. In Forest Grove hat Scrub weder Handyempfang noch WLAN. Mit seinem Freund Tyler hat David gewettet, wer von ihnen beiden in diesem Sommer zue ...more
Oct 10, 2016 'jean rated it liked it
Shelves: serenna-7
Nice story. Okay book for a young reader, although most likely written for a tween or early teen. Boys are beginning to be interested in girls. Fun book to read.
Mauie (The Traveling Reader)
This review first appeared on my review page for BookTrib:

Scrub was hoping for a summer of intense basketball practices in time for him to take a spot in their school’s starting line-up when September rolls around. But his busy parents had other things in mind. Instead of having him laze around in the house or play hoops, he was sent to his grandma’s place in Forest Grove, Washington. Upon arriving at the Intergalactic Bed & Bre
Apr 19, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
"Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast" is the name of the series, as well as the place young David "Scrub" Elliot finds himself visiting over the summer between sixth and seventh grade. It isn't that Scrub is into science fiction, so much. His main interest is basketball. He would rather be back in Florida, trading insane dares with his best friend and training for the all-star team. Instead, when his parents take off on separate business trips, he gets packed off to his grandma's crazy, retro-futu ...more
Selamat datang di penginapan antargalaksi!

Apa yang terjadi jika kalian bisa melihat alien? kaget trus pingsan kah? atau malah suka karena melihat sesuatu yang baru?
Ini terjadi pada Scrub, seorang remaja yang tadinya males banget harus menghabiskan liburannya di rumah sang nenek, tidak ada internet dan televisi. Scrub awalnya menilai pergi berlibur seorang diri ke rumah nenek adalah hal yang akan sangat membosankan, tapi ternyata tidak lah demikian setelah Scrub merasakan sendiri serunya berada d
Steven R. McEvoy
May 03, 2012 Steven R. McEvoy rated it it was amazing
This debut novel from Clete Barrett Smith was an awesome read. It was comical, entertaining, action-packed and overall just a good, fun read. It is the first book in a new series. It is the story of the Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast, a nice little operation on the edge of the town of Forest Grove, Washington. It is at the end of a cul-de-sac right on the edge of wilderness. And for the two months of summer vacation, it will be the home of David 'Scrub' Elliott of Tampa Florida. And it is the l ...more
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Clete Barrett Smith’s first novel, Aliens on Vacation, will be published by Disney-Hyperion Books for Children in May, 2011. A sequel, part of The Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast series for middle grade readers, will come out the following year. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Clete taught English, Drama and Speech at the high school level for over a dozen years and has also worked ...more
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