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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
The Train from Outer Space by Alan Sproles and Lizanne Southgate is a young adult science fiction novel that follows two young boys as they journey to save planet Earth. Brady is a young boy barely coping with the loss of his father; Brady’s grief has caused him to push away the people that care about him most. This all changes when Brady’s dog steals a mysterious glowing tube off a bio-mechanical train that almost runs Brady over one night. This single event results in the renewal of Brady’s friendship with Franky as the two boys try to figure out what happened. However, they only uncover more mysteries as they soon find an actual alien life form on Earth. Their discovery begins a game that leaves the fate of Earth hanging in the balance.
Move over Captain James T. Kirk and General Jack O'Neill and make room for Brady and Franky. The Train from Outer Space by Alan Sproles and Lizanne Southgate is the perfect book for young adults as the main characters are the same age as the target audience. This makes it easier for readers to relate to the characters. This book will appeal most to young adults who enjoy stories about aliens. The Train from Outer Space by Alan Sproles and Lizanne Southgate is filled to the brim with all sorts of plot twists and turns that keep the reader guessing the entire time. My favorite part was when Brady and Franky first discover the alien called Lil Dude, as this is the moment that the alien adventure really kicks off.