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What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt

What Came from the Stars

by Gary D. Schmidt

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All the stuff about Tommy Pepper and his family was interesting and fun. All the stuff about the aliens was silly. The overlap of the two was just okay. ( )
  jalbacutler | Aug 14, 2017 |
I didn't enjoy the book but I also didn't care much for Harry Potter. I think it was well written, maybe even the mind of a genius. It is definitely more of a guy read.
It was suggested to read the last chapter first to better understand the concept.
I think this is a fantasy/sci-fi genre. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
I agree with KimJD -- "I loved, loved, loved the more "earthbound" portion of this story: Tommy Pepper and his father and younger sister are dealing with the recent death of their mother, fighting a determined real estate developer who wants to raze their tiny house on the shore to make way for some condos, and generally doing their best to hang on. Schmidt draws the reader right in to Tommy's life and makes it really matter. I did not love, love, love the (admittedly shorter) chapters dealing with the Valorim and the O'Mondim battling it out on the distant planet. Schmidt writes those chapters in a very high-fantasy style and the names and other-worldly words are hard to get through. But persistent readers will get enough from them to understand that the bad guys are doing their best to get the necklace back, and both stories do come together at the end in quite a satisfying conclusion." I liked Tommy's part best, the other world was a big confusing on audio.
  LeonaL | Jul 14, 2016 |
Narrated by Graham Winton. It was a little complicated listening to this particularly during the fantasy scenes with the Valorim etc. I had trouble tracking what was happening there. But it parallels Tommy Pepper's story about his family grieving his mother's recent death and a snippy local developer wanting to buy their beloved home so she can build condos on the property. The Valorim necklace (?) that comes into Tommy's possession via his lunchbox, gives Tommy the strength to do the right thing, and ultimately that's what the book is about, standing up for what's right. In a nutshell. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This book felt like a modern version of Bruce Coville's "My Teacher is an Alien" series. There's quite a bit more character development and emotion, however, as the main character's mother has died and his father is trying to keep the family home out of the hands of developers. Then, there are the aliens. The scenes that take place on the alien planet are very difficult to understand, even for an adult, so I can't imagine how hard they would be for the intended audience. I had to read the last chapter over again to really understand what it was saying. A solid story, but with large parts of the book written in a way that is difficult for kids, I'd only recommend to more advanced readers. ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0547612133, Hardcover)

The Valorim are about to fall to a dark lord when they send a necklace containing their planet across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion stars . . . all the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Mass.

Mourning his late mother, Tommy doesn't notice much about the chain he found, but soon he is drawing the twin suns and humming the music of a hanorah. As Tommy absorbs the art and language of the Valorim, their enemies target him. When a creature begins ransacking Plymouth in search of the chain, Tommy learns he must protect his family from villains far worse than he's ever imagined.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:31 -0400)

In a desperate attempt for survival, a peaceful civilization on a faraway planet besieged by a dark lord sends its most precious gift across the cosmos into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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