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Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds

(The Amazing Adventures of Andy McBean #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Andy McBean is struggling to survive Middle School in the soggy hills of the Pacific Northwest. He’s messy, fearful of bullies, and hates the rain. And spending much of the last year in the hospital battling leukemia hasn't helped.
Then one night a meteor storm devastates the county, cutting off power and communications. One giant boulder skids to a halt right on Andy’s fro
ebook, 296 pages
Published October 6th 2014 by Dale Kutzera
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I'm not the target audience, this was still a fun read about alien invasions and saving the world.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based loosely on the HG Wells book, Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds follows a boy, his friends, his father, and an alien and they try to save the world after alien invade earth. It’s pretty cute. It has a nice moral (don’t be embarrassed by your circumstances or what’s happened to you). It’s an excellent book to give to a middle grade age reader to read on their own. It also makes a good family read-aloud.
Hank Hoeft
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent YA book. Or rather, I think it's supposed to be a middle-grade book, as Andy McBean, the protagonist, is in the sixth grade. But it was fun to read, as the author does an excellent job of balancing danger (this is, after all, about a violent alien invasion, and there are deaths and destruction) with whimsy. I downloaded this for free and was pleasantly surprised by how good it is. By now, I've come to have low expectations for most free e-books, but Andy McBean and the War o ...more
Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds -- Dale Kutzera (37 titled chapters + Prologue and Epilogue) Jan. 1-2, 2018 (485 pages)

**I originally read this as a part of a book collection “8 Exciting Middle Grade Novels,” compiled by Paul Moxham.**

The plot involves aliens, and has some illustrations. It was a fun read that will definitely engage younger readers. I’m an older reader and I enjoyed it until the end, which felt sad, but was appropriate. There is a great sub-story with a message that is no
Kristin Scarbrough
At least in the Kindle edition of this book there are some issues, such as changing tense in the middle of a sentence or missing a word, or a letter, making it the wrong word. Basic things that spell check won't catch but an editor should. So I blame the editor. Or the author if he thought he could edit it himself. I only bring it up because I think that while a future reader should be warned, I don't think it should take away from the enjoyment of the story.

I like this new take on the classic
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a fun book, I loved the author’s twist on the War Of The Worlds storyline and how he managed to infuse this children’s book with so many antics. Overall this is a book and series which pokes fun at the classic SFF stories and it will definitely have its audiences among the adult and kid audiences.
Kristi Bernard
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andy McBean is a boy who had survived the worst thing ever, cancer. Most of his senses returned to normal with the exception of his hearing. For the most part he is just your average kid with friends, he plays the clarinet and he has to deal with bullies too. But none of that so called normalcy, is anything compared to the aliens that crash landed right in his front yard. Andy was separated from his family and friends. Many of the towns’ people were captured and put into cages in giant robot ali ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Andy McBean just wants to return to a normal life where he isn't viewed by everyone as "the cancer kid." But normal is hard to find when your parents won't let you play soccer and smother you with concern, the bully at school has plans to beat you up, the new girl just might be your new crush, and an alien spaceship crash lands in your front yard. In the chaos that follows Andy is separated from his family, running for his life, and trying to rescue his friends. He'll have to figure out how much ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hi...I admit it...I am a middle grade novel reader. I love them. Their innocence, their dialog, their fun and funny situations, their happy endings. My wife of 32 years says I am mentally stuck at 12 years old. Not sure how I should take that.

What about this book? Meh. I liked Andy McBean, but I didn't love it.

My biggest complaint was that Andy kept jumping around in age. It wasn't a progression. At one moment he was a kid, and in the next, he was an adult. I just didn't find his character to be
The “boy who had cancer,” Andy McBean, lives in the damp and soggy Pacific Northwest and plays Zoink with “the boy who played clarinet.” Meanwhile Been’Tok is a rather bored underling Worker, mining water from Mars. And the worlds are filled with misfits.

Author Dale Kutzera creates a convincing modern day school, peopled with band-players, goths, school nurses, and more, adding dialog with just the right touch, “barf-face” “Dweeb” and “Geek” bandied around between teens. The only problems are bu
Tonja Drecker
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing

The popular title already sets a scene for an adventurous ride - one I hoped could really hold the level it places itself at. Luckily, it did.

We are introduced to Andy, the boy who survived cancer and now, has to deal with his rough everyday life at school. Right away, it's easy to sympathize with him and be drawn into his world with the realistic, modern school setting and dialogue. Although the theme of bullying is introduced, the story quickly turns into a fast-paced adventure, which kept me
Peggy Tibbetts
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By the time Andy McBean reached the 6th grade, he had already survived cancer. In the midst of navigating the pitfalls of middle school and the gauntlet of bullies, Andy’s world comes crashing down around him. Actually it was his house because a meteor roared through the neighborhood and crash landed in his front yard. But it’s not really a meteor. It’s a spaceship and the aliens inside are none too friendly. Except when Andy comes face-to-face with an alien named Been ‘Tok in the flower shop, h ...more
Sue Morris
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Inspired by War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds actually brings the aliens to Earth. The action is fast. Andy and his friends are easy to like and fun to watch as they travel by foot. The story is believable, though Andy has several lucky escapes from the aliens (great fun!). Been’Tok is a cute, three-eyed monster with a heart and soul. He loves collecting the odd artifacts he finds while vaporizing various planets for the water his planet desperately needs. H ...more
Ann Brookens
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More fun than HG Wells' version

I picked this up thinking it would be a quick, light-hearted read. I was mostly right. The kids behave as REAL kids, trying to live normal lives, but with hard circumstances in their backgrounds. Andy and his two friends are caught in the epicenter of an alien invasion and manage to work together to stop it. A friendly alien is integral to Andy's plans and becomes a friend in the process. Through it all, the kids do behave like believable 6th graders, making their
Three and a Half Stars

Overall a fun sci-fi adventure for middle-grade readers. Nicely plotted and only a few minor edits needed for missing punctuation or letters/words. Characters were relatable. Aliens just the right mix of menace and "possible friends" for target audience. One quibble: I felt a bit cheated as a reader knowing before the main characters what the aliens wanted. Would have been better, IMO, if we'd had to figure that out along with them.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andy McBean was inspired by the movie, the War of the Worlds but it doesn't really follow the movie story line so much. It was a well written book, felt like watching a movie. The characters were well developed and the plot moved along nicely.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished last night...I really liked this book!! This is a quirky remake of the original, kid friendly and a quick read....but well worth it. Characters were just as strong as originals if not stronger!! On to the next Andy McBean book. Happy Reading :)
Raymond B. Frank
Thoroughly enjoyable!

As a seventy year old grandfather I wasn't sure would enjoy a story about a middle school student, but I was wrong. This book was fast paced and well written. I heartily recommend it.
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rated G.
Jamie Thomas
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was made for creative people . I love that the alien invasion was so realistic .If you like adventure read this book
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good YA SiFi.

This was a good story line as well as well written. The characters were well developed and I really enjoyed it.
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