The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson; 2013; $16.99; 430 pages; Walden Pond Press, New York, NY; 978-0-06-207185-9; Juvenille, fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 10/1-10/8

Why did I pick this up?  I met former science teacher Kevin Emerson last year at Wordstock and have met up with him several times in the last year.  I have read several other books by him and really liked them.

What is the story?  Haley and Dodger, in different parts of the country, win a fellowship to figure out if there are aliens among us.  13 years old, they have to enlist their families to help them move about the country to follow up the leads.  Haley has used her research skills to find common threads amongst towns that have had a supposed alien event.  Dodger may have a unusual connection to the aliens, and may have previous experience with them.  They come together when several more events occur around the country, and are helped by a mercenary with a faulty memory.

Did I like it?  This was written for people much younger than me and I think they would appreciate it more than me. It took me a while to get into the story and then I was into it, but I didn’t find it really gripping.


What is with the title of the review?  There is a town that is out of time and there is one person in the town whose mind is rejecting the mind control of the aliens.