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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Contributor(s): Adams, Douglas (Author)

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ISBN: 0345391802     ISBN-13: 9780345391803
Publisher: Del Rey Books
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Binding Type: Mass Market Paperbound - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 1995
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Annotation: "IRRESISTIBLE!"
--The Boston Globe
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
"[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY...Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."
--Publishers Weekly

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Science Fiction - Action & Adventure
- Fiction | Humorous - General
- Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: FIC
Lexile Measure: 930(Not Available)
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Physical Information: 0.7" H x 4.1" W x 6.8" L (0.25 lbs) 224 pages
Features: Ikids, Movie/TV Tie-In, Price on Product
Awards: Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, Nominee, Grades 9-12, 2001
Review Citations: Booklist 01/01/2001 pg. 976
New York Times 03/20/2005 pg. 12
People 05/28/2012 pg. 51
Entertainment Weekly 07/05/2013 pg. 103
Entertainment Weekly 06/27/2014 pg. 22
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 7109
Reading Level: 6.6   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
 
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Publisher Description:
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . and] over much too soon."--The Washington Post Book World

SOON TO BE A HULU SERIES - Now celebrating the pivotal 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

It's an ordinary Thursday morning for Arthur Dent . . . until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly after to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and Arthur's best friend has just announced that he's an alien.

After that, things get much, much worse.

With just a towel, a small yellow fish, and a book, Arthur has to navigate through a very hostile universe in the company of a gang of unreliable aliens. Luckily the fish is quite good at languages. And the book is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy . . . which helpfully has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover.

Douglas Adams's mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, plays havoc with both time and physics, offers up pithy commentary on such things as ballpoint pens, potted plants, and digital watches . . . and, most important, reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Now, if you could only figure out the question. . . .

 
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