How To Be A Human
by Karen McCombie
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 5 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 2 Aug 2021
Little Tiger Group, Stripes Publishing
When the Star Boy’s space-pod crashes in the grounds of Fairfield Academy he knows he must seek shelter. Taking refuge in the school’s boiler room to await rescue he discovers that the room’s small window is the perfect place to watch humans go by.
The Star Boy knows about humans from his Earth lessons but no one from his planet has ever studied them up close. Now he has the perfect opportunity. There are two humans in particular that catch his attention – a boy called Wes and a girl named Kiki. But as his curiosity grows so does his courage and, making a momentous decision, the Star Boy follows Wes and Kiki into class … and into their lives.
A warm and otherworldly story about finding friendship in the most unlikely of places, for fans of Tamsin Winter, Cath Howe and Ross Welford.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 21 members
Freak weather events keep happening in Fairfield, and Kiki’s brother is adamant he saw aliens. Kiki herself is more concerned with fitting in with the popular crowd at school to worry about any of that… until she arrives at a party in the wrong kind of outfit and her “friends” dump her. She starts to spend time with Wes - the outsider who had been homeschooled until the start of Year 7, and they begin to realise they have a lot in common - separated parents, struggling to settle at secondary school. The they meet Star Boy - or Stan - and he changes their world for the better. Told in a 3 person narrative, Karen McCombie does a great job of giving Kiki, Wes and Star Boy their own voices. She captures the stresses of high school and what friendship and family means at the age of 11/12. Written with McCombie’s trademark warmth, humour and surprisingly believable characters, this is an enjoyable and easy read which will appeal to all genders - boy, girl, alien and other!
Wes and Kiki seem very different. Kiki has recently become friends with the popular girls at school, though this could be about to all go wrong. Wes doesn't have friends at school and spends his time trying to avoid the bullies. They are brought together by Stan, a Star Boy who has come to earth during an unusual storm. With Stan, Kiki and Wes learn what friendship really means and that help can sometimes come from where you least expect it. I really enjoyed this book. I liked how normal Kiki's family seemed to be and felt that her reactions to things were realistic.
Triple perspective from Kiki, Wes & Starboy in this delightful alien adventure reminiscent of Wonder by Karen McCombie. With Y6/transition themes of what friendship really looks like in high school, this warm, life-affirming tale will be loved by all KS2. Humour & Heart, this is a perfect pacy little read.