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Singing the Dogstar Blues
by Alison Goodman 1605/808 first published 1998
Science Fiction for ages 11 to 15 published by Collins Voyager
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
One girl, one alien, one time machine and the rest is history!
What happens?
Joss lives life on the wild side, she has a famous mother, a sperm donor for a father and some seriously dangerous friends. She has just scraped through onto a course in time travel, despite a lot of opposition from the university board! Her future suddenly looks a lot brighter when Mavkel, the first alien student at the college chooses her as his study partner. It looks like Joss will have to curtail some of her slightly less legal activities, but Mavkel soon becomes ill, something is stopping the pair from bonding properly. They need to travel back in time to the moment of her creation, if they are to stand a chance of bonding and therefore saving Mavkel!
Is it easy to read?
An interesting read for anyone who likes their books to be up-to-the-minute and a little punchy.
Anything else?
A good read, it's a pacy, racy little book. There's a good storyline and the language and style is modern and flowing. I think any teenager would find it a welcome change for a quick read.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
One girl, one alien, one time machine... the rest is history Seventeen-year-old Joss is a wild girl who can play a mean harmonica. A rebel with a famous mother and sperm-donor father, Joss is about to start a course in Time Travel at the University, much to the Board's disgust. When Mavkel -- the first alien to be allowed to attend a course at the University -- selects Joss to be his study partner, life changes completely. Overnight, Joss transforms from Black Sheep to VIP, attracting more attention than is comfortable -- she's met an assassin, confronted an anti-alien lobby and had her freewheeling lifestyle nipped in the bud by the high security which surrounds the Chorian. But Mavkel's health is in the balance and there's something stopping the bonding process between him and Joss. The key to the mystery seems to be the identity of Joss's father, which means a trip back to the petri dish where it all began...
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