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Aliens on Vacation

(Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,719 ratings  ·  329 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
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Apr 04, 2011 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
Apr 09, 2012 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 06, 2012 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
Bookish Devil
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Neat Entertainer with a lovely climax. That romance between Scrub and Amy though ^_^
Mar 11, 2011 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
Lexi Z
Oct 24, 2012 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
Rachel Bland
Feb 16, 2019 added it
Shelves: wow-books
This science fiction novel takes the reader on an adventure starting from the first page. The main character David, or Scrub, begrudgingly spends the summer with his grandmother in Washington state. He spends his summer helping out with the family business of running a bed and breakfast, but he wasn’t prepared for the clients he would meet along the way. While I find this novel appropriate for a 4th or 5th grade classroom, it teaches lessons that are valuable for readers of all ages. Smith chall ...more
Ms. B
Jul 23, 2014 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 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 10, 2013 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 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 07, 2011 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 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 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 23, 2015 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.
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'll be writing this up for an upcoming Sci Friday! (full review on my blog)

I support independent bookstores. If you want to check out this title, check the link below to find an Indie shop near you or to order from them online!
Nina Wagner
Nov 20, 2011 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
Oct 11, 2015 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 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 rated it it was amazing
Jul 29, 2011 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
Summer Washam
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finished 3/6/19
This book is a science-fiction/fantasy book. This book is suited to grades 3-5.
I could use this book in a way to teach social studies and math.
This book involves Scrub visiting his grandmother over the summer and helping her run an intergalactic bed and breakfast. He runs all kinds of errands for her to help her run it. This could be related back to the standards on supply and demand and entrepreneurship. Students could create their own business and use fake money in order to sel
Ryan Reitz
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Smith, C. (2011). Aliens on Vacation. New York: Hyperion Books.

Category: Science Fiction

David, also known as Scrub, is a young boy who spends his summer with his grandmother instead of going to summer school or camp. Ironically, he first wishes he were at either latter place as he discovers that his grandmother is in charge of an Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast in the middle of nowhere. His grandmother is also the gatekeeper of various portals that allow aliens to use the B&B for a vacation
Maya Gutierrez
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307, fiction
Aliens on Vacation is an adorable novel for young adult readers about a boy named Scrub who is sent to live with his Grandma for the summer. His grandma runs the Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast and while he is helping his grandma run it he discovers the rooms are portals for aliens to visit earth through. What he thought was going to be a boring summer turns into a summer full of adventures while Scrub and his grandma keep the aliens secret from the whole town. I thought this book was really cut ...more
Ashley Reed
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This book was super adorable, I loved the idea of having aliens coming to a hotel to visit planet earth for a vacation. Typically, when we read stories about aliens they are invading earth, but this is a story about aliens coexisting with humans and just wanting to visit a different planet for a vacation. When learning about science fiction this would be a great book to use because it is not scary and would not have students worry about aliens invading but that they could be friendly if they exi ...more
Lauren Heiderman
This fun science fiction chapter book exposes readers to the alien world through a lighthearted tale about aliens taking a vacation on Earth. This book takes place in Washington, where Scrub, the main character, is unhappy about spending the summer with is grandmother in her Star Wars looking Bed and Breakfast. Little does he know, his grandmother is a gatekeeper to another world, and she allows aliens to come stay at her Bed and Breakfast for a vacation.
Mona House
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Vanessa Smart
This is a science fiction book. An entertaining science fiction about alien's visiting earth. David has to help his grandmother the gatekeeper run a bed and breakfast for aliens. He helps with the children alien taking them to camp sites, unfortunately the sheriff is also camping. The sheriff already has issues with David's granny and is trying to figure out what the issue with the B&B is. David is unsure what to do and might end up giving the secrets away.
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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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