Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“Scrub's parents send him to stay with Grandma for the summer and help out at her backwoods bed-and-breakfast. What a surprise he gets when he meets her guests! Can Scrub keep the local sheriff (and his nice-but-nosy daughter) from discovering just where these strange tourists come from? I can't wait for the next book in this fun, new series!”
— Ellen Klein, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
Scrub isn't happy about having to spend the summer with his hippie grandmother in "Middle of Nowehere," Washington. When he arrives at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he's not surprised by its 1960s-meets-Star Wars decor; but he is surprised by the weird looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is a portal and his grandma is the gatekeeper, allowing aliens to vacation on Earth. She desperately needs Scrub's help with disguising the tourists as humans. As if that weren't difficult enough, the town sheriff is already suspicious of Granny. One wrong move and Scrub could blow Grandma's cover, forcing the B&B to shut down forever. And when it comes to aliens, every move seems wrong . . .
Full of cosmic chaos and mind-bending mayhem, Scrub's summer adventure will leave readers wanting to make a return trip.
About the Author
Clete Barrett Smith (www.cletebarrettsmith.com) is a high school teacher who managed to find the time to write award-winning screenplays and work toward a master's degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts before he published this, his first novel. He lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife and two daughters and is hard at work on another adventure about the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast.
Christian Slade (www.christianslade.com) received an M.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University and a B.F.A. in Drawing and Animation from the University of Central Florida. His many clients include publishers, toy companies, and film studios. His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators in New York City and Spectrum annuals.