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Akiko on the Planet Smoo

Written by Mark CrilleyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Mark Crilley


· Yearling
· eBook · Ages 9-12 years
· November 13, 2001 · $6.99 · 978-0-440-41862-7 (0-440-41862-3)

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Akiko on the Planet Smoo
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ABOUT THIS BOOK

When this fourth-grader comes home from school one day, she finds an envelope waiting for her with no stamp and no return address. The message inside reads Dear Akiko: We are coming to get you. Meet us outside your bedroom window tonight at 8:00. Don't forget your toothbrush. How could anyone meet her outside her window? She lives on the 17th floor, for goodness sake. But that evening, as Akiko is preparing to study for tomorrow's geography test, she finds a small spacecraft hovering outside her window with two odd little men inside. They have been sent to whisk Akiko off to the Planet Smoo where she will lead a team enlisted to find the King of Smoo's kidnapped son, Prince Froptoppit. Akiko, the leader of a rescue mission? She's too timid to be on the school's safety patrol! So begins Akiko's adventure across the land of Smoo to find a prince and become a leader.

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"[A] stylish debut." — Publishers Weekly

"The action is fast-paced and nicely illustrated...and Crilley’s easy-reading, conversational style is appealing." — Booklist


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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit, Mich. After graduating from Kalamazoo College in 1988, he traveled to Taiwan and Japan, where he taught English to students of all ages for nearly five years. It was during his stay in Japan in 1992 that he created Akiko and the story of her journey to Smoo.


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