Galaxy Girl

The Skymasters Series: Book One

Children - Preteen
247 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2013
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Author Biography

Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot is a Clinical Psychologist and author. She writes family-friendly books for those from ages two to one hundred and two. She has won multiple awards from Readers Favorite and her books are used at schools, colleges and libraries across the nation.

Dr. Pirnot's book AS I AM was co-authored by Garret Frey, a former patient who struggled to obtain a free public education as a quadriplegic, ventilator-dependent child. He fought through the courts, a battle which ended up before the judges of the US Supreme Court. The judgment in the case is now a hallmark decision affecting thousands of handicapped children across the nation. The 5 book, mid-grade series called Ordinary Kids features various special needs people (children and adults) in everyday situations.

Tapping into her work as a psychologist, Dr. Pirnot puts her characters into realistic but difficult situations and then allows them to dig their way through to successful results. This approach allows both child and adult characters to feel a sense of efficacy in their own abilities.

The autobiography Just A Common Lady details Dr. Pirnot's own struggles as a child. Her mother died at a young age, leaving Dr. Pirnot and her siblings in the care of various family members for years. The lessons she learned from these caretakers undoubtedly influenced her multivariate approach as a practicing psychologist.

Dr. Pirnot may be reached at her website:
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    Book Review

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.