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Who goes home?
Waugh, Sylvia.
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Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, 2004.

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213 pages ; 22 cm
On his thirteenth birthday, Jacob learns a secret about his birth and becomes involved in his father's work to protect other beings from the planet Ormingat who live on Earth.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 9.0 78558.

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This conclusion to the Ormingat Trilogy brings together past events and people who share an understanding of the mystery of Ormingat. The story begins with a tragedy averted. How will it end? Who goes home? Like Patrick inSpace Raceand Matthew and Alison inEarthborn,Steven is a visitor from the planet Ormingat, sent to live temporarily on Earth with a human family. When his earthly son Jacob is born with a fatal immune deficiency, however, Steven cannot watch his son die, and calls upon his secret extraterrestrial connections to save the boy. With the help of a protective shield from Ormingat, Jacob does survive, but he grows up secluded, frustrated, and without friends. When Steven is forced to tell Jacob of his identity and involve him in his work, Jacob resents the intrusion of this alien world. Jacob never asked for more than a normal human life, yet it's the one thing Steven can never give him. Meanwhile, the activities of other Ormingatriga are drawing undesired publicity and the danger of detection. Steven is summoned back to Ormingat, but how can he abandon his earth family?

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. This companion book to Waugh's Space Race0 (2000) and Earthborn0 (2002) revolves around a startling revelation. On Jacob's thirteenth birthday, his father divulges that he came from the planet Ormingat, that he performs an unusual job on Earth, and that he and Jacob are both aliens. Over the next few months, Jacob learns more about Ormingat as he and his father work together to help fellow aliens and engage in a sometimes-prickly process of getting to know each other better. Some characters from the previous novels reappear, making the story more resonant for those who know them, though readers picking up this book first will find Jacob's story engaging. Best known for the Mennyms series, Waugh writes with a certain formality and distance, yet the story shows a keen perception of personalities and relationships. Science fiction for those who like their reality tweaked by the possibility of aliens living among us. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A child born of two worlds faces growing pains in Who Goes Home? by Sylvia Waugh, a companion to Space Race and Earthborn. At age 13, loner Jacob struggles with the newfound knowledge of his extraterrestrial origins. The aliens of Ormingat had forecast a discomforting future for the boy when he was still an infant: "He is Javayl, throbbed the machine reluctantly, child of the broken word. He is Javayl, the outsider." Steven and Jacob observe and affect events from the previous books in the series, providing another view of these entwined tales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-A sequel to Space Race (2000) and Earthborn (2002, both Delacorte), all set in present-day England. On his 13th birthday, Jacob Bradwell discovers that his father is an alien from the planet Ormingat. Though Jacob's mother is an earthling, the boy was entwined as an infant with the Ormingats when his father, Steven, administered a lifesaving Ormingat medication. Jacob has always felt different from others, including his own sisters, and now he knows why. Steven's job is to view his fellow aliens through a monitor and provide fencing, a kind of invisibility, which protects them while they perform their work until their return to Ormingat. Jacob and Steven become involved in cases where earthlings begin to suspect alien presence and one Ormingat child runs away to avoid leaving Earth. As the time draws near for Jacob and his father to return home, neither one wants to leave his Earth family, though the command module demands complete obedience. Hidden spaceships, invasive gadgets, morphing bodies, and all-powerful command modules give the story a classic sci-fi feeling. Both mystery and adventure drive a plot that centers on Jacob coming to terms with his dual identity. This story stands on its own and satisfies the demand for quality science fiction of which there never seems to be enough.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Chapter 1 Jacob's Birthday It was Jacob's thirteenth birthday. In many ways it was no different from all his previous birthdays. They didn't hold a disco at the local club and invite dozens of friends from school. Jacob had no friends. He appeared to want no friends. There was his family--his father, his mother, and his two young sisters, Beth and Josie. That was enough. So the birthday party was just a birthday tea, with a quiet sense of special occasion. There were only two guests from the outside world: Uncle Mark, Lydia's only brother, her elder by some ten years, and his daughter, Molly. They had come, as always, to deliver a card and a present. They needed no invitation and they knew they would find the family at home. Mark's wife stayed away and sent her excuses. The white cloth with its deep lace edging was brought out especially for party time. Lydia had baked scones and sausage rolls and made mountains of sandwiches. There were cream cakes from the local bakery and an iced birthday cake with thirteen blue candles. The leftovers, no doubt, would fill many baskets! Greetings had been exchanged and, with the exception of Beth and Josie, everyone was sitting around waiting for the feast to begin. Uncle Mark smiled across at Jacob. "So now you are a teenager," he said. "We'll have to treat you like a grown-up!" "What do you treat a grown-up like, Dad?" said Molly, who was only eleven but slick with it. The question was not asked in all innocence. She was already a dab hand at making fun of her father and the silly things he was apt to do and say. "Will Jacob be able to drink wine and stop out late?" "I don't want to drink wine and stop out late," said Jacob impatiently. "I want to be spoken to as if what I had to say mattered. I want to be accorded . . ."--he blushed--"intellectual equality." Mark laughed. His laugh was kindly enough, but to Jacob his manner was insulting. In appearance Mark resembled his sister, but he was far more robust and extrovert. His complexion was rosier and his fair hair was inclined to curl. "They teach you some big words at that school of yours," he said. "See what I mean?" said Jacob, turning to his father. Steven smiled at Mark mockingly. They were a complete contrast. Steven's dark hair was brushed straight back from his forehead. His eyes were the deepest brown. But it was not just in coloring that they differed: Steven was much brighter than his brother-in-law, and not always kindly with it! "I do see what you mean, my son," he said, as if talking only to Jacob, "but maybe Uncle Mark would rather you opted for a place on the junior rugby team. Scrum half, or something like that?" "Jacob couldn't play rugby," said Molly scornfully before her father could make any retort. "He can't even run as fast as me. And he's useless at catching." "I don't want to play rugby," said Jacob patiently. "My brains are not in my boots." "That's soccer," said Mark, trying to turn the conversation into a joke. "In rugby we mostly run with the ball, not kick it!" It seemed to him that Jacob had the knack of making people feel uncomfortable. He was always such an outsider. Not like his sisters: Beth and Josie were sturdy little Girl Guides, popular with everybody, and full of fun. They were twins, fair like all their mother's family, with light blue eyes and bright, eager smiles. They were eight years old, not particularly clever, but not stupid either. "Where are the twins?" said Molly. "At dancing class," said Lydia as she came in from the kitchen carrying yet another tray of food. "They should be back any minute. Kerry from next door takes them." She set the tray down on the dining table and found spaces for the plates. Then back to the kitchen again for a jug of apple juice and a pot of tea. "Come on, then," she said. "Let's all have tea." "What about the twins?" said Molly, giving her aunt an accusing look. "We can't start without them. It wouldn't be fair." "I think that's them now," said Steven, hurrying to open the door. And sure enough in came the girls, with Kerry from next door right behind them. "Come and join us," said Lydia to Kerry. "We're having a birthday tea for Jacob. He's thirteen today." "No, Mrs. Bradwell--no, thank you. I really have to be getting home," said the sixteen-year-old. Then she turned to Jacob and said, "Happy birthday, Jacob." Without the prompting, she would never have noticed him. She hardly ever did. As for Jacob, he just shrugged his shoulders and made no reply. So it was just the family who sat down to tea. "Aunt Jane will be sorry she's missed this," said Mark, observing how well they all looked as a family, "but you know how things are." "She's got another headache," said Molly. "My mother is always getting headaches." "Have a sausage roll," said Lydia hastily. Molly was a precocious child with little sense of loyalty. Steven, Lydia, and Jacob had little to say as they sat at the table. Lydia and her son were never talkative. Steven, as usual, had little patience with Mark. So silence was best. Beth and Josie more than made up for the rest of the Bradwells. They ate a lot, talked a lot, and then took Molly to their room to see an array of Barbie dolls dressed in every style you could think of. Jacob was about to make his getaway when Uncle Mark cried, "Hey, not so fast! You haven't opened your present yet." Jacob smiled weakly and turned to the box that was lying on the floor. Opening presents was always a worry. What if he didn't like what was inside? Last year it had been a football strip two sizes too large. This year it looked as if it might be a football. But, credit where credit is due, when Jacob removed the wrapping and opened the box, what he took out was at least original, though not exactly welcome. Excerpted from Who Goes Home? by Sylvia Waugh All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

The Namingp. 1
1 Jacob's Birthdayp. 7
2 Into the Nightp. 12
3 Revelationsp. 17
4 Saturday Morningp. 23
5 Saturday Afternoonp. 27
6 Working with Dadp. 31
7 I've Never Heard of Himp. 37
8 Looking After Vateelinp. 41
9 Christmas Evep. 47
10 The Feast of Stephenp. 53
11 Inside Vateelin's Spaceshipp. 58
12 Go to the Spaceshipp. 62
13 A Monumental Mistakep. 68
14 Jacob in Yorkp. 73
15 Jacob's Decisionp. 78
16 What Next?p. 82
17 The Next Dayp. 86
18 Spiesp. 90
19 Watchers in the Nightp. 95
20 Ordersp. 100
21 Eavesdroppingp. 104
22 York Stationp. 109
23 The Homecomingp. 115
24 See to It!p. 120
25 Stella's Unwelcome Visitorp. 124
26 February Fair Maidsp. 130
27 The Invitationp. 134
28 Traveling Northp. 139
29 In Yorkp. 143
30 In the Kitchenp. 147
31 Things to Tellp. 151
32 Belthorpp. 155
33 A Restless Nightp. 160
34 Matthew Decidesp. 164
35 Seeing Stellap. 169
36 At Homep. 175
37 Highgate Cemetery on Saturday Afternoonp. 179
38 Like a Great Voice Callingp. 183
39 Who Goes Home?p. 189
40 The Accidental Travelerp. 193
41 So Much to Tellp. 197
42 The Cubep. 201