Review: Summer on Earth

Posted on August 1, 2017


Summer on Earth
By Peter Thompson
Persnickety Press
August 2017
296 pages

One summer night just before bed, 11-year old Grady Johnson made a wish upon a shooting star. Or so he thought. The star was actually a small alien spaceship crash landing near the creek on his farm. Ralwil Turth, the pilot and only passenger, survives but his spaceship’s power drive is damaged so he’s stuck on Earth until he can fix it. In his alien body Ralwil is grotesque to humans and unable to communicate. So he shapeshifts into a large man’s body and hides out in the barn until he’s discovered by Grady, who immediately takes a liking to the odd fellow and introduces him to his little sister Luanne, and their Ma. Life hasn’t been easy for the Johnsons since Dad died and they are worried about losing their farm. Though Ralwil struggles with the language, he manages to tell them his name is Will and he’s far from home. Ma thinks he’s a vagrant and slightly off-kilter but he proves good at fixing machinery, plus helping with the vegetable garden and the corn crop, while asking only for food in return. And she needs all the help she can get. As Will grows closer to this “family grouping,” as he calls it, he gets sidetracked from his own mission. When he learns about the financial troubles they are facing he comes up with a plan to help save them from the greedy banker McAfferty who plans to repossess and sell the farm to a developer. Will’s plan might have worked but for Schtinkle, the bumbling sheriff’s deputy who blows the lid off Will’s big secret. Pandemonium ensures and Will realizes that in his effort to help Grady and his Ma, he has jeopardized his mission and risked his own life. Readers will delight in observing the wonders of life on Earth through Ralwil’s alien perspective. Summer on Earth is a compelling sci-fi adventure with supernatural humor and a whole lot of extraterrestrial heart.

Copyright (c) 2017 by Peggy Tibbetts

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