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Mothership
ISBN: 9781442429611
Author: Leicht, Martin/ Neal, Isla
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: November 2013
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Annotation: In 2074, while attending the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers aboard an earth-orbiting spaceship, sixteen-year-old Elvie finds herself in the middle of an alien race war and makes a startling discovery about her pregnancy.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Science Fiction - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: FIC
Lexile Measure: 890
Series: Ever-Expanding Universe
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" L x 1.00" W
Bargain Category: Fantasy, High School, Science Fiction
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Neal, Isla: - Isla Neal grew up in a small mountain town in Southern California and earned her MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Teens at the New School in in New York City, where she currently lives and works. Isla Neal and Martin Leicht are the authors of The Ever Expanding Universe trilogy, which includes Mothership, A Stranger Thing, and The World Forgot.Leicht, Martin: - Martin Leicht decided at the age of three that he wanted to spend his life spinning stories, and he went on to receive his MA from the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU. He lives in New York City, though his heart will always be in Philadelphia. Martin Leicht and Isla Neal are the authors of The Ever Expanding Universe trilogy, which includes Mothership, A Stranger Thing, and The World Forgot.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
Not only does Elvie Nara find herself pregnant with an alien baby, but she is also on an orbiting cruise ship filled with other pregnant teenagers hurtling toward the Earth. Elvie's voice is distinctively sixteen, but her colloquialisms occasionally bog down the narrative. Surprising twists are sprinkled throughout the story, making for an entertaining read overall.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 June #2)

In this futuristic comedy/adventure, first in the Ever-Expanding Universe tri­logy, Leicht and Neal introduce the most unlikely of protagonists: unwed 16-year-old mother-to-be Elvie Nara. Abandoned by the baby's father, Elvie ends up in space, at the newly founded Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers, a ?repurposed low-orbit cruise liner. Three weeks before Elvie's due date, her life ?explodes when the ship is boarded by a group of extremely hot guys who rescue the teen moms from the suddenly homicidal school faculty. Now Elvie and her schoolmates are caught between two feuding alien races, with their unborn children at stake. The fast-paced action, laugh-out-loud moments, and memorable characters don't quite disguise that this is a story about aliens knocking up girls without their knowledge, and not everyone gets out alive. The slangy narrative voice is more 2004 than 2074 ("How can an emergency exit door be locked? thinks Elvie. "Not cool, Hanover School. So not cool"), but it's still a whole lot of fun. Ages 12–up. Agents: (for Neal) Stephen Barbara, Foundry Literary + Media; (for Leicht) Joanna Volpe, Nancy Coffey Literary. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 February)

Gr 8 Up—Mothership is pure bubble gum in a novel. The plot is thin, the characters are limited, the scenario is sheer silliness-and yet, it is a blast to read. The premise is that in 2074, a group of pregnant teens are on a spaceship to finish high school and give birth. Then the ship is attacked three weeks before Elvie's due date, and she has to use her mechanical and survival skills to save all of the girls. While doing so, they meet friendly aliens, who, it turns out, are the ones who have impregnated them (and are the reason they were sent into space). Of course, all of the good aliens are hot guys, and help to rescue the girls. Yes, there are giant plot holes, and the story borders on ridiculous. But in the tradition of a good B movie, all of that actually works in the book's favor. Give this one to teens who just want a fun, junk-food-style novel, or to add a bit of silly science fiction to your collection.—Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ

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