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by Lesley Howarth

Published by Candlewick Press, 1994
154 pages
ISBN: 1-56402-416-4

Ages 10-14

Maphead has problems. He wants to meet his mother for the first time, which is problem enough, but he also has to deal with being an alien from the Subtle World who's trying to act like a run-of-the-mill human boy. Some things get easier with practice, like natural sounding speech patterns and hanging out with friends, but others remain a mystery, like just how to tell his human mother who he is, and how to convince his alien father that he'd like to keep up this existence for a while, rather than traveling on to commune with plants as usual. Wholly original characters and a science fiction plot firmly grounded in contemporary England make this quick-moving novel outstanding in its genre. CCBC categories: Fiction For Teenagers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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