In an effort to get my daughter critically thinking about the books she reads, I am going to have her right reviews for some of the books she reads. She is about 10.5 years old. Hopefully by discussing the reviews with her and going over her mistakes, she will learn something. So, if you are looking for reviews on YA fiction you may want to keep an eye out for these reviews.
The True Meaning of Smekday is about a girl named Gratuity and her cat, Pig. Aliens attack Earth on Christmas Eve and her mom got sucked up in to an alien ship with a weird mole on her neck. Now Gratuity is out to find her. The king alien, Smek, re-names earth and calls it Smekland. The boov (the aliens) “generously” give land to the humans, they give them Florida, so Gratuity has to drive from Pennsylvania to Florida and finds a boov who seems friendly enough but she’s not too sure about it. When they get close to Florida the boov calls Gratuity “Turtlebar” what her mom called her . She steams up at the mention of her mom and starts attacking the boov who calls himself J.Lo( not the actress) then J.Lo tells her how the people who got sucked up on Christmas eve how they had moles that held every word the said a lot or thought about a lot to teach them English and the boovs had the moles installed on their necks and that her mom was probably was his teacher. Gratuity lets him come with them and they reach Florida, which turns out to be abandoned then find out that they had to go to Arizona . it's a long drive so J.Lo tells stories , in one part of one there is the gorg who didn’t want to be to be friends a after a while they see a gorg ship and J.Lo confesses that when he was at the place where Gratuity found him he accidentally sent a song that went kind of like this: Gorgs are dumb, dumb like soap, and their wives are fatter than they should be. Then he remarks that they don’t even have wives. In Arizona a lot more things happen , read the book to find out …Smek day is very exciting and very funny . I recommend this book to 5th grade to 8th grade but adults could read it too.