Jason has a pretty normal life: he lives with his mom, he goes to school, he does his homework. But when he meets a short, bluish alien named Sam, his life begins to seem much less normal and a lot more...well, alien. Sam takes Jason bongo fishing in space, and a whole new world opens up.
But when Jason's cat, Sputnik, disappears, things start to get a little weird. Interstellar travel isn't just fun and games, after all! Is the evil Dr. Zimburger involved? Or are there even more sinister forces at work?
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Thacher Hurd's new middle grade novel, Bongo Fishing, is a warm and funny story about friendly aliens, old cars, crazy gadgets and a wild chase across the Nevada desert near Area 51. Jason Jameson's life will never be the same after he meets Sam and Edna from the Pleiades. Not to mention a weird psychiatrist named Dr. Zimburger who is interested in UFOs, and a cat named Sputnik who gets the blue measles...
"This is long in zaniness, and Sam and Edna are definitely keepers.”--Booklist
“Intriguing gadgets and amusing descriptions of alien technology add to the fun, as do the lively illustrations.”--School Library Journal
Thacher Hurd is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Mama Don't Allow and Art Dog. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Louisiana YR Choice Book Award