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My Teacher Is an Alien

(My Teacher Is an Alien #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  8,350 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Sixth grade is just out of this world!

Susan Simmons can tell that her new substitute teacher is really weird. But she doesn't know how weird until she catches him peeling off his face -- and realizes that "Mr. Smith" is really an alien!

At first no one will believe her except Peter Thompson, the class brain. When Peter and Susan discover Mr. Smith's horrible plans for the

Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Aladdin (first published 1989)
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Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
I remember I literally couldn't put this book down. I read it at school. My sixth grade teacher noticed and borrowed it as one of her read out loud to the class books. The whole class loved it and after it was over they carried me around the class on their shoulders. Okay maybe the last part didn't happen but I was seriously popular for weeks cause kids wanted spoilers.
Mike Kalmbach
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle grade students, especially those who have ever felt like an outcast
Recommended to Mike by: Steve Juhas
This book single-handedly made me fall in love with science fiction when I was in fourth grade (thanks, Mr. Juhas!). I reread this book dozens of times as a kid, but reread it for the first time in more than a decade over the last couple of nights.

One of the things I'd forgotten was that this book is written from the perspective of a sixth grade girl named Susan. In my opinion, her gender wasn't all that important to the story, but it's interesting to note that Coville chose to write from a gir
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
So I really didn't have much of a life as a kid, but I remember ploughing through these one summer, probably when I had a twisted ankle and was couch-bound. Looks like he kept writing beyond the years I read him, but these were essential readings at the time. Miss you Scholastic!
Jan 10, 2010 added it
Recommends it for: kids
Shelves: favorites, mg-scifi
What is there to even say? Bruce Coville is the reason I love reading, and the reason I love sf/f in particular. This was the most formative series of my childhood. The first book is pretty light and silly (the end of the series is quite a bit heavier), and utterly delightful.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the third book, and I’m still waiting on Animorphs via inter-library loan, so I figured I’d see how much these cost on kindle. Turns out they are free via unlimited!

I’m not sure how the original edition of this was, but the ebook had a lot of typos. One of the images didn’t work, and the scans that did work were really dark. It’d probably be better to read this in print.

Still, those are minor issues I’m willing to overlook. Overall this was a fun, short read. If I was a stickler I could
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My 11 year old son really liked listening to this audiobook, even after he read the copy that he owns. And I really liked listening to it with him!
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, read2012, tween
This was one of my favorite books as a kid and I’m pleased to see students continue to check it out, as well as Coville’s newer books. It held up on re-read much better than expected – it’s really a suspenseful and well crafted story. Good use of the evil teacher trope. Mr. Smith has some very creepy standoffs with Susan as he stays in character as their teacher. Trying to balance supernatural threat with the pressure of daily life is always a great lens for the experience of being young - I lik ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book because it was all about a teacher that was actully alien.
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
I discovered that our local library OverDrive website had a bunch of fun children's books in audiobook editions, so I thought I would give this one a try. It's a fun, fast story and I enjoyed listening to Liza Ross narrate the story. I really like that it is told from Susan's perspective, instead of from a boy's.

Overall, I thought the plot was a bit silly, but I liked it anyway. I see, now that I've gone on Goodreads to post this review, that this is just the first book in the My Teacher is an
Nafi Camara
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
1.I love this book. It`s very interesting. for example, on page 93. When Duncan,Peter and Susan was spying on Mr.Smith. Duncan went in a room and saw a breif case. He opened it and he started to scream very loud because an alien head poped up and started to talk in a weird language. Another is that on page 51. When Peter and Susan was in the middle of the attic. They saw Ms.Schwartz frozen in a rectangular see through box.
2. I would reccommend this book to my brother Mohamed. I would reccommend
Andrew Foster
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Grade Level: 6th to 8th

This science fiction book is about an alien that comes to Earth, poses as a teacher, and has a plan to abduct students for study. The main character, Susan, discovers he is an alien and the book unfolds with her attempting to foil the aliens plan. The book is not very long, but very easy to read. The dialogue includes internal monologue from the main character.

This book can be used to discuss unlikely friends (Peter and Susan), the possibility of aliens, or the process of
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!!! I discovered this book when I was in middle school. This is how I figured out that books contain adventures between their pages. Then I was hooked. This book is the reason why I read. Thanks B.C.
E. Austren Yii
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The plot is predicable , but I love the villain.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bedtime-stories
I've had to fight my now 1st grade son for two years about reading this book. Ever since he came across it in a box he's been on me to read it too him. I told him last summer that in 2017 we could read it. On January 1st he brought it up and I agreed. My main concern was that he wouldn't understand much of the 6th grade setting or storyline. It was no problem, he loved it but 3rd grade age would probably be the sweet spot. This is the first book in awhile, other than Spider-Man that he brought u ...more
Kevin Looney
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It may be partly due to nostalgia, but this was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I had a lot of fun now reading it to my son. I think it still holds up well. Highly recommend!
T.S. S. Fulk
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun kid's book with a twist at the end.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't begin to say how much I ADORE this book! This was one of the reads that made my childhood! A student is suspicious about her sixth-grade classes new substitute teacher. He shows that he is preternaturally strong and other habits she finds..'off'. No one will listen to her or take her seriously except the classroom 'nerd' (this was during a time when it was a very, very bad thing to be a 'nerd'. Or even be called one. i.e. the 1980s). Soon, both students begin to track the teacher, follow ...more
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading this classic series thanks to Humble Bundle and wanting to get my 2019 reading count off to a good start. It's still odd to be reading this because when I was a kid I didn't realize it was a series so the first book i read was

My Teacher Fried My Brains (My Teacher is an Alien, #2) by Bruce Coville

and I think I even read

My Teacher Glows in the Dark (My Teacher Is an Alien, #3) by Bruce Coville

before I finally found My Teacher is an alien. I think that says a lot to how standalone MTFMB is. As for the original in the series. It's good fun and I appreciate how simple it is but doesn't feel. I never feel condescended to an
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When Mr. John Smith starts teaching the sixth grade, Susan Simmons assumes that Ms. Schwartz was fired for her radical teaching methods. Mr. Smith is anything but radical. He brings back the standard reader, vetoes the annual class play, refuses to read a fun book aloud, and hates music. When he unknowingly picks up a nasty note Susan writes, she tries to get it back during recess. This doesn't work so she follows Mr. Smith home. Hearing what sounds like a cat in a blender and finding the door u ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's been...I don't know...over 20 years since I read this? I read a lot of books in middle school, and this was one of my favorites, and it's one of the few I still very clearly remember. I also remember the feeling of pure EXHILARATION reading it; it was definitely one of the first to so completely and utterly grab me the way it did. I loved this series then, as a middle-schooler, the way I love Dune, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Patrick O'Brien now.

Perhaps most importantly, this book
Unique Carranza
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book i have read was,"My Teacher is an Alien".It was a very interesting book that was about students wanting to find there teacher that was nowhere to be found.And they had gotten a new teacher his name was,"Mr.Smith".They did not like him and they would go to his house and they would get information about him being an alien,also they would get information about there missing teacher,"Mrs.Schwarts".So they just kept going to see Mrs.Schwarts and take pictures of alien things so they can have ...more
Grandma's Boy
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a teacher named Mr. Smith that his real name is Broxholm. He wants to take five kids with him so he can study them in space. A girl finds out and she tells a group of all her sixth graders about it. Just so i don't spoil the ending ill just say this, the alien is hideous. That is nice honey!
Ellie Vinehout
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Imagine finding out that your sixth grade teacher was going to abduct five kids in your class, the best student, the worst student, and three of the most average students. Being the only two kids to find out if Mr. Smith was really an alien, Susan and Peter had to find proof.
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Ho-hum. This could've been a short story, though not a very good one -- the characters just are not real, and any development is truncated by the abrupt end. I expect better from Bruce.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a pretty good book and really exiting.
Melusine Parry
So bad. Loved it as a child.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ah, nostalgia! I loved this book when it was first read to me by my 3rd grade teacher. It still holds up as an excellent sci-fi book for younger kids.

I was an avid reader when I was younger so when my teacher started reading it, I got my hands on my own copy as quickly as possible to finish it up. When I first read it, I pictured my own school in place of the action of the book. The halls they walked down were the same halls I explored. I'm not sure why my 8/9 year old brain went there but I sup
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
My Teacher is an Alien is on my favorites shelf because it was humorous and I love a book with a suspenseful plot. I found it hard to put down because almost every chapter was left unresolved as the climax built up so I had to keep reading to find out what happened! The ending was unexpected, and I was left wondering if there is a sequel (found out they are a series!) which made me feel better about the cliffhanger ending. This book would be great to introduce readers to science fiction because ...more
Bruce Coville is a consistently excellent author that I just really enjoy reading. My Teacher Is an Alien is no exception. It captures the environment of a sixth grade classroom, the interpersonal dynamics, and the complications of trying to get adults to listen when you’re that age. And in the midst of that mundanity, you’re introduced to this suspenseful, incredible situation with aliens and force fields and missing teachers. It makes for a great mix. This volume is also kind of nostalgic to r ...more
Luke Smith
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Teacher Is an Alien follows Susan, Peter, and Duncan who find out their new teacher Mr. Smith is actually an alien sent to abduct five students from their class for study. The three students are constantly looking for a way to prove this to their parents and the rest of the class without sounding crazy. When they break into Mr. Smith's house they find their old teacher being held captive in some kind of forcefield. They are determined to save the day and the unlikely three students end up bei ...more
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