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Alien in My Pocket #1: Blast Off!

By Nate Ball, Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

2015-2016 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Winner!

With engaging illustrations on every spread, a page-turning plot, a do-it-yourself experiment on building your own rocket, and fun science facts throughout, this is the perfect chapter book for young readers! And it’s all from the amazing brain of MIT graduate Nate Ball, host of PBS’s Emmy Award-winning Design Squad series.

When a four-inch-tall alien crash-lands through Zack McGee's bedroom window, Zack is sure he's about to become the first victim in a new War of the Worlds. But when the alien turns out to have weapons that are more ticklish than terrifying, Zack realizes that rather than protect the world from the alien, it's up to him to protect the alien in his pocket from the world.

The adventure begins in this thrilling new chapter book series, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment!

  • Grade level: 4
  • Interest Level: 2-5
  • Guided Reading Level: R

COMMON CORE OBJECTIVES AND QUESTIONS

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., books in a series). Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story.

Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of the Alien in My Pocket series. What aspects of the text are fiction/nonfiction? RL.3.9, RI.4.5

How does the illustrator use pictures and details to develop the characters, setting, and events in the story? How do the pictures contribute to the meaning of the text? RL.4.7, RI.4.7

How does the author use reasons and evidence to support claims in the text? RI.4.8
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062216236
  • ISBN 10: 0062216236
  • ISBN 13: 9780062216236
  • Pages: 160
  • Trim Size: 5.13 x 7.63 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Science & Technology
  • Juvenile Fiction / School & Education
  • Juvenile Fiction / Boys & Men

Brightly.com“With lots of illustrations, this series gives kids an extraterrestrial adventure they will love.”

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COMMON CORE STRANDS

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1,2,3,4,6,7,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2,2a,2b,2d,2e,4,7,8,9,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4,4a,5,6
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