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Nose pickers from outer space
Korman, Gordon.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1999]

Physical Description:
137 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Fourth-grader Devin is disappointed in the nerdy exchange student who comes to live with his family, until he realizes that Stan is not from Chicago but from outer space.
Reading Level:
570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.9 2.0 54794.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.5 4 Quiz: 16177.
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Devin Hunter can't wait to meet his exchange buddy. Will he be a soccer star? Maybe a Nintendo master? A laugh-a-minute class clown? But when breaks every rule in Devin's "rules of coolness" list. He wears nerdy glasses, eats paper, and even talks to Devin's dog! But nothing could prepare Devin for the ultimate embarrassment -- Stan can't seem to keep his finger out of his nose!

When strange things start happening, Devin realizes that his exchange buddy may not be such a nerdy nosepicker -- he may not even be human...

Author Notes

Gordon Korman was born in Montreal, Canada on October 23, 1963. When his 7th-grade English teacher told the class they could have 45 minutes a day for four months to work on a story of their choice, Korman began This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall. He was also the class monitor for the Scholastic TAB Book Club, so he sent his novel to the address on the TAB flyer, and a few days after his 14th birthday, he had a book contract with Scholastic.

By the time he graduated from high school, he had published five other novels and several articles for Canadian newspapers. He received a BFA degree from New York University with a major in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Film and TV. He has written over 75 books for children and young adults including the Swindle series, The Juvie Three, and two books of poetry written by the fictional character Jeremy Bloom.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-5. Ten-year-old Devin can hardly believe his exchange buddy Stan is such a nerdy nosepicker, especially when all the other exchange students are so cool. But Devin's opinion of Stan changes when he realizes that Stan isn't picking his nose all the time--he's actually operating his nose computer. In fact, he's in a race against time to convince the Grand Pant that Earth, not Mercury, is the preferred vacation spot for the inhabitants of planet Pan. If Stan fails, Earth will be relocated beyond Pluto and condemned to a frosty future. This lightweight sf for middle readers will likely delight Korman fans who usually can't get enough of his slapstick humor, frenzied action, and comic characters. --Karen Hutt

Publisher's Weekly Review

The flippant title of this debut book in the L.A.F. :) series should tip off readers to Korman's fast-fire (if sometimes pat) wordplay and amusingly preposterous plot. Devin Hunter suspects he's in trouble the first moment he lays eyes on his school-exchange buddy, Stan Mflxnys, who enters the airport via the baggage shoot. Sporting a crew cut, a tie and "big thick glasses that made his eyes look like fried eggs," Stan has nerd written all over him and breaks all of Devin's "Rules of Coolness." Devin, who narrates the story, describes his embarrassment at being paired with Stan; his humiliation escalates at school, where this odd fellowÄeasily recognizable to readers as an alienÄspends a good deal of time ostensibly picking his nose, eats a paper plate and napkin for lunch and announces that he's 146 years old. But before long Devin realizes that Stan's special powers, housed in his computerized nose, are mighty useful when it comes to completing household chores in a nanosecond, clinching first-place in field-day events and, as the tale unfurls, saving the earth from a chilling fate. Korman's tongue is in his cheek as often as Stan's finger is in his nose, creating a light and silly caper that will, as the series obviously intends, bring on ample laughs. Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon, illus. by Tony Ross, is also scheduled for publication this month; two more titles are planned for October. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 7-10. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-4-Devin's new fourth-grade National Student Exchange Program buddy definitely violates all "Rules of Coolness." Stan has a crew cut, wears a tie, and sticks his finger up his nose in public. Then, Devin notices that when Stan "picks" his nose, odd things happen-suitcases are mysteriously unpacked and after-dinner chores are completed in seconds. A surreptitious mirror check at night reveals that the newcomer's olfactory apparatus conceals a powerful computer, complete with switches, blinking lights, and communication tools. Stan is actually an alien travel agent from the planet Pan. His mission-to determine if Earth is a suitable vacation spot for his fellow Pants, or if it should be moved out beyond Pluto to avoid obstructing the view of the Saturn rings. Devin has to help his new pal "sell" the Earth's advantages before the aliens decide to get rid of the planet entirely. There is lots of elementary-level punning, particularly concerning the aliens-Training Pants rookie agents, Smarty-Pants ruling council, etc. Devin's teacher and classmates are intolerant, negative characters, but Devin himself learns to be more accepting. This is a lightweight story with no pretensions to literary style, but young readers who enjoy Daniel Pinkwater's off-the-wall, absurd humor will get a kick out of it. The black-and-white cartoon illustrations are funny, the chapters are short, and the print is large.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.