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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
“Galaxy Girl” was written by Dr. Karen Pirnot. This book is perfect for higher elementary children. This tale’s focus is on ten-year-old Allie, whom we first met in “The Above All Others Principal” from the 'Ordinary Kids' series. Allie's brother Peter was injured in a Little League Game when he slid into base; he was only eight years old at the time and is now a paraplegic. Allie was a typical pre-teen no longer a kid and yet a long way from being an adult. It was spring break and Allie was supposed to be cleaning her room, instead she was looking out her window. She thought she saw something move but her mother refused to let her go outside. Early the next morning Allie quietly went outside to investigate; what she found shocked her. Something was wrapped in Allie’s sleeping bag in the corner of her playhouse. Startled, it rose up and let out a shocked scream; it was a girl that looked just like Allie. Eilla was from another realm; her father studied quantum mechanics and she was told not to enter his laboratory when the red light was on. She excitedly rushed into tell her father something disregarding the warning. Suddenly she found herself in Allie’s world. Allie’s family agrees to help Allie as she tries to find a way home. Eilla is introduced to Allie’s school friends as a cousin. The girls quickly settle into a normal routine. Will Eilla ever make it home again?
“Galaxy Girl” is a refreshing read for third through eighth graders. It has just enough science fiction elements to grab the readers’ attention. The plot moves along at a steady pace. Dr. Karen Pirnot’s books assist readers in accepting others as they are. Too often when we see a handicapped person we will avoid speaking to him. This author’s goal is to help readers understand the handicapped and how they should be treated.