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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp: Book 1 of the Secrets of Farbookonia Series by Marie C. Collins is the story of sister and brother, Anne and Atticus, whose lives are turned upside down when they discover that their mother is an alien. They are whisked away to a safe camp where they try to fit in and gain control of their new found alien powers. Just when Anne and Atticus and all of their new, quirky friends are getting the hang of Earth Human Camp, they learn they might not be as safe as their parents thought. Now they are thrust into an even more dangerous situation and must use what they have learned to protect themselves...and each other.
This is a really cute, fun book that kids will love. The idea of a summer camp one that kids will relate to, especially because it is a camp for kids with special powers and less than ordinary family members. Each reader will want a protective “Globot” that Anne and Atticus have on each shoulder. The friendships made at camp seemed genuine and relatable, as did the scared and confused feelings the kids had when they found out their mom was an alien. Readers will enjoy the adventure in this story, as well as the danger aspect. They will root for the characters to use the skills they have learned to survive, and will wish it was really them at this camp, learning and making friends and having special powers.