for Dancing with an Alien by Mary Logue
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)