Voices in his head.
Time losses that catch her eye.
It really is aliens this time!
It’s easy to identify with Dodger’s sense of never fitting in or with Haley’s alternating affection and annoyance with her family, but entire towns experiencing 16 minutes of missing time? People vanished from each place? Radio transmissions from a town not shown on any map?
Somehow, this is not the summer vacation that Dodger or Haley envisioned… and the extraterrestrials are trying to make them disappearance statistics, too!
Published in late February 2013, Kevin Emerson’s The Fellowship for Alien Detection is a bit more light-hearted than his Atlanteans series (see my review of The Lost Code here), but the perils for Dodger and Haley are very real.
Any “missing time experiences” in your life?
My Recommendation: Awarded money for a short summer trip to investigate their theories of aliens on Earth, two young teens find more adventure than they anticipated and more danger than they could have imagined during their search for missing people and a vanished town.
Haley follows obscure news online that might lead to a reporting breakthrough; that’s how she uncovered “missing time episodes” experienced by people in several towns and knows each place has missing persons now. She’s going to interview folks in those missing-time towns – if she can just get Dad to stick to the travel plan instead of trying to see every oddball attraction on their route west from Connecticut.
The radio station that unpredictably plays in Dodger’s head is from Juliette, Arizona (which is not on any maps) and from a different day and year than now. He’s always felt different, unsettled – and it’s gotten worse as the radio broadcasts started this year. His dad looks at him like Dodger is a disappointment – the trip from Seattle to Roswell, New Mexico is going to be mighty long if Dad has as little to say to him as usual.
Debit cards from the Foundation in hand, the two families depart from opposite coasts on their fellowship journeys. But soon Haley’s investigations are noticed by United Consolidated Amalgamations which owns old mines near every missing-time town, and Dodger becomes a transmitting loudspeaker for the Juliette radio station during the gathering at Bend.
The two fellowship winners aren’t the only folks who have made the connection between UCA mines and missing-time or who have heard KJPR from Juliette, but they’re the only ones who are tracking down the clues step by step – the falling star dream in missing-time towns, the significance of the 16-minute time loss, the radio transmissions from one April day years ago. And the extraterrestrials are tracking down them and their families!
If Juliette is a real place, why isn’t it on the map?
Why does that same day play over and over on KJPR?
Can Dodger and Haley join forces before it’s too late?
This summer before starting high school may be the start of something big…or the end of Earth as we know it! (One of 6,000 books recommended on www.abookandahug.com) Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.