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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“My secret life as an illegal space alien. Would I survive the first night in this strange world?” In Immigrant from the Stars by Gail Kamer, Dostramixon escapes his home planet Trinichia and its totalitarian government with his parents. They land on Earth, in Kentucky, USA, to be specific, and disguise themselves as Earthlings－the Newmans from Texas. The family tries to blend in without raising any suspicions while anxiously waiting for another family member’s arrival. Now identified as Iko, the new kid from Texas, how will he deal with his first day at school?
Gail Kamer's Immigrant from the Stars has a wonderful, well-structured plot. The positive messages of family, friendship, perseverance, and tolerance give the plot substantial depth. Trying to understand Earth, its native life, especially the humans, from the perspective of a young alien is fascinating. Who knew trying to pass as a human boy is so complicated? Iko has to quickly learn the strange norms of dealing with bullies, accused of being a vampire, puberty and even farting. His experience is amusing but it also gives a sense of appreciation of our planet, our lives, how and why we do all those normal things every day.
All the characters are well fleshed out; Iko and his family are easy to root for. I wasn't sure about Zeek's character at first, but his development surprised me in the end. As an adult, it’s easy for me to see how the messages in the story relate to the world’s issues today and are not just confined to how kids deal with school. Overall, this is a fun but meaningful story for its targeted young readers.