The Only Alien on the Planet
by Kristen Randle
Smitty never talks. He never makes eye contact. Some think he has Autism. They call him “The Alien” at school. Ginny has just moved to a new town and starts her senior year at a new school. She’s also feeling like an alien on a new planet. So it’s no surprise that she’s instantly drawn to Smitty Tibbs.
Ginny and her new friend Caulder agree to work together to befriend Smitty and unlock the secrets to his silence. But Smitty has built a safe and emotionless world around him and isn’t open to outsiders. Ginny and Caulder are undeterred in their mission, but will they cause more harm than good?
This moving coming-of-age novel depicts the powerful journey of recovery from abuse--a journey that sometimes cannot be completed alone.
Winner of multiple awards, praised by librarians and teachers as one of the best books ever written for teens—NOW BACK IN PRINT!
"Utterly compelling…totally satisfying. A fast-moving, unusual contemporary romance that should have great appeal."
School Library Journal
"The thick wall an abused teenager builds between himself and the world is penetrated at last by an extraordinary pair of friends… A strong book with healing at the end, memorable for its spirited friendships and unpreachy soul-searching."
"Ginny's deft and engaging narration reveals a delightful and totally believable teen. [T]he overall impact of this psychological novel is so powerful."
Kristen D. Randle lives with her husband, four children, and two dogs in a little wood on the banks of a Utah river. She and her husband manage their own recording studio. Ms. Randle has written several novels, including the award-winning The Only Alien on the Planet.