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My Teacher Glows in the Dark by Bruce Coville
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Apr 06, 11

bookshelves: childrens, re-read, sf-humor
Read in January, 1998

I think the best way to characterize what well-written sci-fi this is (while still perfectly enjoyable for any 4th-6th grade-ish aged kid) is that the issue of going to the bathroom on an alien spaceship is handled logically and humorously. Also, I will forever give Coville credit for describing the 'wiki-walk' phenomenon at least a decade before such a thing existed, in the scene in which nerdy protagonist Peter gets understandably lost in the aliens' virtual reality encyclopedia.

Coville seems determined to trope-bust his way through every sci-fi cliche from 'wrinkly foreheaded aliens' on down, as in the scene when the captain of the ship turns out to be a tank of crystals, which rebukes Peter for his 'carbon-based' biases about what constitutes life.

All of this in a hilarious book about a sixth grader whose teacher is an alien. What more can you ask for?
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