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The thrilling intergalactic adventures of four kids in space--as told by a hilarious alien!

It all happened because of Feeney's Original Astronaut Ice Cream bars. Those accursed pink treats entranced me with their sugary magic! But I digress . . .

Life on Gelo was fine until the fur-headed "humans" arrived. They invaded our peaceful asteroid with their loud drill machines and their endless greed, stealing our precious Iridium to take back to their strange blue-and-green planet.

Then the mothership took off and left four little fur-heads marooned here. But thank Jalasu Jhuk that Hollins, Becky, Nicki, and Little Gus turned out to be pretty cool. They have sweet gadgets like hologram games and rocket bikes. Plus they can pilot starships!

But there's plenty the young humans don't know, like how to fight a ferocious thyss-cat or ride an usk-lizard or navigate the twisting caverns of my world. And they are truly unprepared for my secret Xotonian stink gland!

Luckily the Earthlings have me, Chorkle, and all five of my eyes to look after them.

If only I knew how to help them get back home . . .

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on February 6, 2014 by Razorbill
ISBN-10: 1595147136
ISBN-13: 9781595147134
16 Book Reviews
  • sshans2
    sshans2about 8 years55 starsFeatured
    Although it does drag on in the first 5-6 chapters, "Space Rocks" is a hilarious, grasping read with incredible plot twists. Chorkle is part of the Xotonian race living in Gelo, an asteroid that, until a couple of months ago, has never been invaded by anyone, let alone humans. When Chorkle spots some human offspring in Jehe Canyon, little does he know that these four little fur-heads would change Xotonian history forever. Within the next few months, he accidentally causes their mothership to have an emergency take-off (all because of Feeney’s Original Astronaut Ice Cream!) and the four little two-eyed humans are left stranded on Gelo. Chorkle tries to help them out...but what would you do if a five-eyed alien who deserted you in space offers his guidance? On an epic attempt of survival, Chorkle leads Becky, a bossy twelve-year-old who hates Chorkle the moment she lays her eyes on him; Nicky, Becky's identical twin who's obsessed with fungi (although she does have her ways with computers); Hollins, a thirteen-year-old boy who doesn't stop quoting Teddy Roosevelt; and Little Gus, who is simply awesomeness wrapped up in a ten-year-old. With Chorkle's help, these four find a way to keep breathing their beloved oxygen, fight ferocious thyss cats, and hide from the rest of the Xotonians who would surely imprison them if they were to find them. On top of all that, they eventually become oog-ball legends, go to the top of Dynusk’s Column, and even get to ride Usk Lizards!
    • ntdrillerman
      ntdrillermanover 8 years55 stars
      This book was a must read it definitely is a must read. However at first the book was just another boring book though every time Chorkle spied on the humans the book got more exciting. Also the ending was so unexpected. The characteristics of the Vorem general was exactly like I would have imagined. Again this book is a must read!!!!!!
      • mjbobcat
        mjbobcatover 8 years
        i think it was ok i kind of like aliens i draw some a home(there ugly)I like the cover book.I think it was pretty funny a little cause the humans were invading Gelo and the aliens weren't invading earth the book was filled with exciting adventure even monsters.
        • ntdrillerman
          ntdrillermanover 8 years55 stars
          At first this book was boring. Although every time Chorkle spied on the humans the book got even more interesting. The suspense in this book makes it a 5 star rating and the ending was amazing! It was so unpredictable. In the middle of the book I was thinking they were going to make peace with the humans and the humans would go home. However when the Vorem showed up on the asteroid my heart stopped. The author uses a lot of suspense in the book. It is a must read! I would recommend this book for readers 11+. However the reading isn't very hard the younger kids may not take the cursing seriously.
          • rainbeaux
            rainbeauxover 8 years44 stars
            This book was just ok. I was going to give it 3 stars but the ending earned it a 4th. Be warned there is some cursing in this book. The beginning was extremely slow and the middle was a bit boring. I think some of the character changes weren't described enough. However the ending was extremely climactic. With an OYAN chapter 10 (google it). overall, (If you can get passed the cursing) I think this would be a great book for 12-.
            • candyexpress
              candyexpressover 8 years
              I hope I win the Giveaway!!!!!!!
              • gutsy2003
                gutsy2003over 8 years55 starsFeatured
                I loved this book! It was so cool! I would most likely recommend this book to readers age 10+. It was very exciting and it was a lot like pretty much every other alien story except that instead of aliens invading Earth, the humans invaded Gelo,a peaceful asteroid (not)! The four stranded human kids and Chorkle have an awesome adventure and it is well worth it to read the book! From awesome space fights to exciting battles with underground monsters this book was full of everything needed to make you want more! READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!
                • funreader1432
                  funreader1432over 8 years
                  I read this book and its pretty good you get to hear this alien's point of view really interesting
                • epiclyepic
                  epiclyepicover 8 yearsFeatured
                  The thrilling intergalactic adventures of four kids in space--as told by a hilarious alien! It all happened because of Feeney's Original Astronaut Ice Cream bars. Those accursed pink treats entranced me with their sugary magic! But I digress . . . Life on Gelo was fine until the fur-headed "humans" arrived. They invaded our peaceful asteroid with their loud drill machines and their endless greed, stealing our precious Iridium to take back to their strange blue-and-green planet. Then the mothership took off and left four little fur-heads marooned here. But thank Jalasu Jhuk that Hollins, Becky, Nicki, and Little Gus turned out to be pretty cool. They have sweet gadgets like hologram games and rocket bikes. Plus they can pilot starships! But there's plenty the young humans don't know, like how to fight a ferocious thyss-cat or ride an usk-lizard or navigate the twisting caverns of my world. And they are truly unprepared for my secret Xotonian stink gland! Luckily the Earthlings have me, Chorkle, and all five of my eyes to look after them. If only I knew how to help them get back home . . .
                  • frozenloverover 8 years
                    luv space! luv it kind of because of the planets and also because i kinda like the cold