Jordie and Joey Fell from the Sky

by Judi Lauren (Author)

Jordie and Joey Fell from the Sky
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Twin brothers Jordie and Joey have never met their parents. Maybe it's because they aren't from this planet? When another kid at school tried to force Jordie to show him the "crop circles" on his back that prove he's an alien, it was Joey who took the kid to the ground. And when the twins got kicked out of their foster home because Joey kissed the other boy who lived there, it was Jordie who told him everything would be okay. And as long as Jordie and Joey are together, it will be. But when the principal calls their current foster mother about a fight at school, the boys know she'll be done with them. And, from spying in their file, they also know they're going to be separated.

Determined to face the world side by side rather than without one another, Jordie and Joey set off to find their birth parents. From Arizona to Roswell to Area 51 in the Nevada desert, the twins begin a search for where they truly belong. But Jordie's about to discover that family isn't always about the ones who bring you into the world, but the ones who help you survive it.

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Twin protagonists make a winning double bill in a story about alienation and aliens.

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6--Jordie and Joey are twin brothers who have been through a lot together, including being left in the middle of a crop circle as babies, and then going through 19 foster homes that didn't always provide the most loving care. They both have mysterious marks on their backs that Jordie is convinced are the same marks seen in crop circles; he believes they are descendants of aliens that landed in 1947. Joey is less convinced, but follows his brother as they run away to find answers about their past. A new friend joins them on their impulsive adventure where they get into plenty of trouble, some of which strains credibility. Joey starts to wonder whether his brother is using the idea of aliens to distract himself from the truth of their abused and neglected childhood. Joey is also trying to sort out his identity as he grapples with his feelings towards another boy. The formatting and short chapters help keep the pacing quick; interspersed throughout are excerpts from online blogs like "Calum's Guide to Extraterrestrials." However, the close brotherly bond is what will really stick with young readers. VERDICT This fast-paced story of twin brothers on an adventure to find aliens has plenty of emotional resonance.--Carrie Shaurette

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Jolly Fish Press
Publication date
April 20, 2022
School Library Connection, 03/01/22

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