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Signal by Cynthia DeFelice

Signal (edition 2009)

by Cynthia DeFelice (Author)

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After moving with his emotionally distant father to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, twelve-year-old Owen faces a lonely summer until he meets an abused girl who may be a space alien.
Authors:Cynthia DeFelice (Author)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2009), 160 pages
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This is a good read for any time that you are looking for a book you can finish in a day or two. The story starts at a slower pace, but the action starts to build as soon as Campion and Owen meet. Campion was so mysterious, and she kept me guessing throughout the story. My heart went out to Owen because he was so lonely and depressed. I especially liked learning about Home and what a wonderful planet it is. As Owen learned more and decided to help Campion, I was able to see how he was finally changing and growing since his mom passed away. He had a lot of unresolved emotions, and it was great to see how his life changed through his relationship with Campion. I was curious throughout the book, and I couldn’t wait to find out if Campion was really from another planet and if her parents would see her signal and pick her up in their spaceship. I think kids between the ages of 8 and 14 will enjoy this book if they like science fiction and stories about friendship. This story kept my interest and made me think. I also learned a lot about crop circles! ( )
  Robinsonstef | Jul 10, 2019 |
This book is about a young man who happens upon a young girl who convinces him she is an alien on this planet waiting for her parents to come pick her up. She recruits him to help make the signal so her parents know where to get her and tries to convince him to go back to her planet with her. The boy considers her offer because he lives alone with his father, and dog but his father isn't really "present" in their lives since his mother died. I loved this story because it took me until the end of the book to realize that Cam wasn't an alien after all, just a kid trying to stay safe from her own parents who were looking for her, but didn't have her best interest at heart.
  athomp2 | May 13, 2013 |
I think this book got off to a slow start, but I really liked its ending. I felt at first that it was almost like propaganda for believing in aliens, but as the plot unfolded I related more to the characters and I really liked the unexpected twist at the end. I would recommend this book to male and female readers, because they can relate to both Owen and Campion and a lot of what they are going through -feelings of abandonment, fear, loneliness, and unexpected friendship. I think one of the best things about this book is that it shrouds a sad story (that of Campion and her neglectful mother and abusive past) in a more light-hearted, fantastical story about aliens. It allows the reader to imagine along with Owen and Campion that aliens will make an appearance, and then causes the reader to sympathize that much more with Campion when they realize how much she wants to believe this herself. I did not think I would like this book very much at the beginning, but it really grew on me. It really reminded me of the book, Afternoon of the Elves. ( )
  amygatt | Dec 4, 2011 |
The story is about a teen named Owen who moves to upstate New York with his father and his dog Josie. Owen’s father is neglectful in the wake of the death of Owen’s mother, and Owen spends his days exploring the woods with his dog and desperately wanting companionship. While on his explorations, Owen meets an alien named Campion. Campion convinces Owen to build a signal for her alien parents and to leave earth and join her world that has no pain. Together they find companionship and escape the problems they have experienced on earth. This story is suspenseful, which makes the reader want to read to the end. There is also a twist ending that makes the story more interesting. This story explores the feelings of loneliness and isolation experienced in the face of loss, a move, or family problems. I recommend this to any middle school student. ( )
  JessicaC35 | Sep 21, 2011 |
Boy who has lost his mother, moves with his dad to a new place. There in the woods behind his house he finds a girl hiding. Or is she a girl? She says she was stranded on earth and is waiting for her parents to arrive in their space ship to take her home. Would he like to go with her?
  kkcrossley | May 22, 2010 |
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After moving with his emotionally distant father to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, twelve-year-old Owen faces a lonely summer until he meets an abused girl who may be a space alien.

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