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Smek for President!: The Smek Smeries, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Girl blasts off to alien moon in wacky, wise sci-fi sequel.

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Just fasten your seatbelts and hold onto your hats, because Adam Rex is in classic form here. I mean, what can you say about a book whose narrator/protagonist is a 13-year-old with the given name Gratuity, who goes by Tip, whose BFF is a short gelatinous alien who goes by the name J. Lo and who often converses with a deceased character from a previous installment in the tale? A book that features the unlikely meeting of the pop star and her otherworldly namesake at the Latin Grammys?

Also in classic form is a relentless marketing machine. Smek for President! coincides with the March 2015 release of the movie Home, a somewhat altered version of The True Meaning of Smekday. Just in case you might miss that fact, the book cover features a fetching portrait of the protagonists with the announcement that this is the series that inspired "Home, Now A Major Motion Picture." Protagonist/narrator Tip begins her tale with "Maybe you read some other book that got the Smekday Invasion wrong, or saw that animated movie they made about it ... " If you didn't, she brings you up to speed anyway, as the events of the first book play a large role in the second installment of a planned series -- as does a fair amount of foreshadowing.

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