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Sci-Fi Junior High: Crash Landing

Review

Sci-Fi Junior High: Crash Landing

Written by Scott Seegert and John Martin

SCI-Fi JUNIOR HIGH: Crash Landing by John Martin and Scott Segeert does not disappoint as a sequel and picks up right where you left off with the large cast of characters you fell in love with in book one.

In this book, Kelvin is trying to redeem himself after everyone finds out that he wasn't a super genius and just plain ordinary. But his efforts don't seem to be working as his reputation continues to plummet. To make matters worse, Kelvin finds out that his father has been hiding a very powerful item in the lab that could be used as a dangerous weapon. All the while, Erik Failenheimer is biding his time as a stuffed bunny, stranded on a planet waiting for his chance to take over the universe.

"Middle grade readers will love the Sci-Fi Junior High series for its humor, genre and illustrations. It is perfect for reluctant readers because it is along the lines of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series."

In this book, John Martin and Scott Segeert drive home the theme that you don't have to be perfect or the best and that it's okay to fail sometimes. Kelvin Klosmo is unique in middle grade fiction because he isn't the stereotypical “chosen one” character who is great at everything and always saves the day. Kelvin is extremely relatable because he isn't great at school, has a crazy family and is completely awkward. Martin and Segeert really capture the awkwardness of middle school in a way that is funny and involves aliens. Kelvin tries desperately to impress the girl he has a crush on to go with him to the Galatic Get Down school dance, but finds that he missed the signals and she wasn't into him at all. Most importantly, the major theme in this book is that teamwork and friendship are better than trying to be the best by yourself.

Once again, I love the illustrations in this series because they truly do add to your visualization of these characters and the story. The illustrations aren't an afterthought, but a tool to show how unique the characters and the world are. The illustrations are funny and whimsical, which young readers will connect with and will also help them speed through this book.

My least favorite part of this story was Erik Failenheimer’s perspective. Since he wasn't on the ship, his plotline felt much removed from Kelvin’s. The evil stuffed bunny villain is very silly, which will appeal to young readers but it fell short for me. I was much more interested in Kelvin and would have preferred a new villain with some shorter updates on Failenheimer.

Middle grade readers will love the Sci-Fi Junior High series for its humor, genre and illustrations. It is perfect for reluctant readers because it is along the lines of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Reviewed by Dana Cuadrado on February 26, 2018

Sci-Fi Junior High: Crash Landing
Written by Scott Seegert and John Martin