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A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp

(Secrets of Farbookonia #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Alternate Cover Edition for B00QW6JIKY

Age Level: 11 and up
Grade Level: 5 and up

Once you find out your mother is an alien, what ISN’T possible?

That’s what 12-year-old Anne and 10-year-old Atticus Reade want to know. Minutes after learning their mother is a Farbookonian human, not an Earth human — making them half-alien — they’re whisked off to sleep-away camp in New Jers
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2015 by The Write Stuff (first published December 11th 2014)
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May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first thing I can say about this book is that, particularly at the beginning, the novel has the feel of the work of Dr. Seuss or Roald Dahl. The similarities really are impressive, and it really made me think that the book really was going to remain that light-hearted.

At the beginning, the book feels amusing and light-hearted. Then it starts getting progressively more ominous. There are small climaxes everywhere, and more and more mystery builds. It is a race against time for Atticus and Ann
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am amazed and thrilled at having stumbled upon Ms. Collins' work! A Brief Stay at earth Human Camp is truly a masterful work. I am one of those grown ups who read all the Harry Potter books and still uses her kids as an excuse to go to a Disney movie. I love young adult as a genre but have found lately that the skill is lacking in so many authors to actually weave a tale. Not so for Marie Collins. This is a lovely tale of Atticus and Anne, learning who they really are, attending camp for the f ...more
Kat Green
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kat-s-world

Firstly, I would like to say that this book is wonderfully written and fits well with the age group the book is aimed at. It isn't what I would usually pick up and read but I've got to know Marie and not only is she a fantastic writer but a lovely lady. The story centres on Anne & Atticus who have lived a very humble and sheltered life. The only people they've ever known are their parents and their dogs. They know nothing else until one day their parent’s secret is revealed and suddenly ever
June Kramin
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a much longer read than I anticipated when I downloaded it for some middle grade adventure – and that was a good thing. You certainly don’t want the adventure to end. This story would be great for kids to re-live some of their summer camp days or those that have never been and long to go. So, pretty much everyone! I caught myself making notes, planning on a fabulous review from just a few chapters in, but I’m not big on spoilers so I had to stop. The shenanigans of camp age kids in all ...more
P.S. Winn
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic tale and I hope all teenagers get a chance to read the tale. Anne and Atticus are sister and brother. The two live with their parents and a couple of dogs. To say the twins have been sheltered is an understatement for sure. They don't know anyone but their parents. All of that is about to change when the siblings are told their parents are not quite who they seem and because of that they are going to have to leave on a special mission and they cant take Anne or Atticus with t ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You can find my review on my blog here (& below):

(This review may contain some small spoilers as I got excited and went into a fair bit of detail about the plot. Oops! Nothing that will really ruin it though :))

‘A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp’ by Marie C. Collins is a middle-grade sci-fi adventure about a pair of half-human, half-alien siblings trying to fit in at an American summer camp. Marie kindly sent me an e-copy to read and review.

Anne and Att
Sep 14, 2015 added it
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I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

This is my first experience with a self-published book, which I have been curious about. My initial impression was very positive--between the author's notes, dedication, inscription, etc., receiving this book felt as personal as attending a reading and having the author sign the book face to face. Its obvious that this book was a labor or love by a lovely person.

This book, at its heart, is about the alienation felt by being different. A summer camp
Tim Learn
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
As stated before, the two main characters are Anne and Atticus. Both of their names are clearly derived from literary figures as the children were heavily raised on the classics. This is even more apparent when their father gives them sidekicks resembling Tinker bell and Huck Finn. And though I found our protagonists loveable if not overly naïve at times, their little robotical, literary helpers weren’t. Both Huck and Tink annoyed me endlessly and above all could’ve been cut out to gre
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is written so well for the market it is aimed at – teens/YA. It has the same feel as Harry Potter, in many aspects.

The depth of character is very similar. Each character is fun and has their own personality and ways they react to things. They also have the possibility of us watching them grow up, as we did with the Potter series, as they start at that age and really are written as if they were heading into their teens years, leaving a lot of option for things they can encounter.

The int
Dylann Rhea
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
After meeting Marie C. Collins at one of my first author events, I finally got the chance to read her work. Just glancing at the first few pages you can tell how well thought out Collins built her world. The incredible effort put into this story is one of the reasons I loved it! My favorite part about reading is knowing that the authors actually care about their work and it is clear in A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp that the author poured herself into her work. There's world building and then ...more
CityLife Reader
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp will pull you into a world of children and adventure! What a story about sister and brother, Anne and Atticus, and there stay away camp in New Jersey! This book follows them as they try and acted like normal children. I enjoy them trying to fit in it to me was a part that many can understand how they are feeling. But then they find out they’re not safe after all. The fated that each Anne and Atticus have their own ‘gifts’ really helps them stand out of the story ...more
Sunshy Reviews
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First off, getting the hang of normal human life is hard enough, toss in the fact that you parents are working on a top secret project, your mother is from a different planet and then the fact that you’re not ‘human’; yet it’s not going to be a slick of cake, that’s for sure! I enjoy this page turner of a book. The pacing of the book worked, characters played well off each one another and there were a few twists I didn’t see coming as I read. I feel like this is a great all-around story. Good fo ...more
Ann Andrews
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A fun young adult story that gives an entirely new perspective on coming of age and dealing with new situations and new people.

Some parts were definitely difficult to read as they were awkward and I felt horribly for the two main characters. But overall there was a great outcome and the main characters showed great growth and maturity.
I received this book from Goodreads giveaway. This was a great book. Fun and great for tweens and teens.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Here it is.

I'm sorry to say that this book wasn't for me. I just couldn't get into it and there for I feel I can give it a fair review.
Jennifer Redmile
Great read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the next one - Thanks Marie
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the atmosphere was lovely and made me feel like I was at camp, and the plot was intriguing, I can't recommend this book for the age group indicated. I don't like leaving negative reviews, and I hope the author never reads this, but if she does: remember perspectives vary, and know that mine isn't suggesting a talent issue but rather that I believe more beta testing and revisions were necessary. I'm including details because I think it's only fair that future readers of this review be able ...more
Joyce McPherson
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book that kids can relax into and savor. From the first page, we learn that 12-year-old Anne and her little brother Atticus are different. They have grown up separated from civilization and only know what they have learned in homeschool. But they soon discover a startling truth that their differences are greater than they could have imagined. Now they must navigate a summer camp and the challenging relationships that come with it, as well as overcome a growing threat within t ...more
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Marie lives in Lambertville, New Jersey (USA), with her two dogs, George Eliot and Henry James, who — in spite of their snoring and a tendency to sniff horrifying things — are very good company (and endure Marie’s insistence that they love being kissed on their snouts).

Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Douglas College at Rutgers University and a master’s degree in Engl