Prez doesn't say much.
He lives with his granddad, but one day his granddad is taken away after the state determines he isn't fit to take care of Prez anymore.
Luckily for Prez, he gets to stay with The Blythe family, a nice, rambunctious group of people that run a farm in the country.
Still, Prez keeps quiet, which is okay with the Blythes.
One day, Prez hears a doorbell ring.
The funny thing is, the Blythes don't have a doorbell.
He opens the door to see a strange boy in a kilt and an aviator's hat standing there. The boy introduces himself as Sputnik,.
Sputnik walks into the house and the Blythe family pat him on the head, ask him to roll over and look for his tags to see where he belongs.
It takes Prez a little while to figure out that to everyone else, Sputnik looks like a dog, but to him, he looks like a human.
Even weirder, Sputnik can read Prez's thoughts.
Sputnik introduces chaos in Prez's life as he demonstrates that he can bend time, space and even reality with merely a snap of his fingers. Plus, he looks like a dog to everyone so it's easier for him to get away with things.
Prez soon learns that Sputnik is on Earth to try and determine ten things that are worth doing. Ten things that make Earth stand out in a universe full of trillions of planets.
It turns out that it's very important for Prez to help Sputnik find those ten things, because if he doesn't, the Earth will be shrunk down to the size of a pea by Sputnik's alien race.
Desperate to save the planet and be reunited with his granddad, Prez and Sputnik embark on a wild ride that teaches Prez the true meaning of friendship and family.
A great, heart-warming read that will be a huge hit with our Year 7 students. I recommend this book to ages 11 and up!