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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
Attack of the Killer Earthlings by Christine Hayes is a fantasy novel for middle school aged readers. The story revolves around fifteen-year-old Shaun Ramsay and the odd occurrences at her summer job. Shaun is supposed to be sharing her workload with her unreliable and infuriating cousin Brady, but in reality, she has been working all by herself. Little by little, odd things start happening and eventually Shaun enlists her best friend Spence to help her out. That's when things go from odd to plain weird, but trust me, it's the good kind of weird.
Perhaps this is a subjective opinion, but there is something about abandoned places that truly opens the mind to wonders, even if that place is just a movie theater. I really adored the fact that Jim, the imp, learned to communicate through watching movies and observing people. It's a small detail, but a brilliant one. The story is told from the perspective of Shaun and I can honestly say I wish this book had existed when I was younger. On top of that, there aren't enough female leads like Shaun Ramsay in young adult novels, at least none with the wit, humor, and imagination. Of course, this is all due to Hayes's fantastic wordsmithing. Attack of the Killer Earthlings is both fantastic and zany. The novel exudes small-town nostalgia and whimsical and youthful indiscretion. Attack of the Killer Earthlings is a great novel that I would implore young adults to read because sometimes literature can be pure mischief and fun.