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Dancing with an alien
Logue, Mary.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 2000.
Physical Description:
134 pages ; 22 cm
A teenage boy from outer space travels to earth on a mission to help save his planet, and ultimately he falls in love, causing his mission to fail.
Reading Level:
470 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 3.7 4.0 36687.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.1 9 Quiz: 22868 Guided reading level: NR.

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X Young Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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I am here.
On this very green Earth. The sun shines for fourteen hours and thirty-three minutes today.
The sky is blue like they said it would be.
I am here on a mission. I have only a short time to do what I was sent here to do.
I am here to find a female.


I went down to the beach today.
There was one boy I'd never seen before.
Quite tall. Gold complexion. Foreign-looking.
He watched me swim.
He was with an older man. I think it was the one whose daughter disappeared a few years ago.

They would give the world for love.

Branko is here on Earth for only a short time. He has come on a grave mission: He must find a female. He must bring her home. What will happen to her on his planet isn't quite clear. What is clear is that without her, the planet could die.

Tonia loves summer. But something is different about thsi summer. Her best friend is changing. Her family is fighting. And then she meets someone unlike anyone she's ever met before. This summer could change everything.

When their worlds collide, it's like nothing Branko or Tonia could ever have imagined.

Mary Logue spins a chilling tale of deeply felt passion that takes root in the shadow of a desperate mission. The result is a love story unlike any other.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL), 2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (ALA), and 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8-10-In the same vein as Annette Curtis Klause's Blood and Chocolate (Delacorte, 1997) and Patricia Windsor's The Blooding (Scholastic, 1996), a teen becomes involved in a doomed romance with a nonhuman lover. Tonia, a strong-minded 17-year-old, finds her first love when she saves an unusual young man from drowning. Once she discovers where he is from, she must decide whether to follow him to the stars or let him leave without her and lose his love forever. Branko, a visitor from another planet whose entire female population was lost to disease, has been sent to Earth to find a female willing to go back with him. He doesn't anticipate falling in love with the girl he chooses to help repopulate his planet, and he must choose between sacrificing his love for Tonia and watching her become a baby factory, or abandoning her to live her life normally on Earth and possibly seeing his race die. Chapters alternate between the young people's perspectives. Logue uses the agonizing choices and different voices to develop the characters with whom readers can sympathize. The prose reads cleanly, and while the end may be predictable to some, the process through which Branko and Tonia arrive at their decisions creates a bittersweet mood that can be appreciated by all.-Trish Anderson, Pinkerton Elementary School, Coppell, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.