An alien abduction goes a long way toward curing Avani’s new-kid blues.
Avani Patel, an endearingly sassy Indian-American girl who loves rodeo, has joined Flower Scouts against her will; her well-intentioned single-parent father thinks it’ll help her make friends in their new home. Avani loathes every minute with these boring, brainless girls who endlessly jabber about makeup and boy bands. Then Avani is accidentally teleported to another planet by Mabel, a friendly Zirdonian working on her collections badge for Star Scouts, an intergalactic organization that studies robotics and has jet packs (but watch out for the xenoscatology badge, which is as gross as it sounds). Avani clicks instantly with her new troop, even though they've earned the fewest badges in the galaxy. At Camp Andromeda, they are challenged by a pack of methane-breathing Star Scouts (don’t call them toot-breathers!) and must work together to defeat their high-achieving, badge-laden rivals. With her warm, brown skin and lovably stubborn personality, Avani is an original, funny protagonist, and readers will delight as they adventure alongside her. Lawrence’s art has a cinematic feel; he keeps the perspective at the characters’-eye level, adding to the immersive feel. With brilliant worldbuilding and humor in spades, Lawrence has conceived a truly exceptional graphic tale that’s also a classic underdog story; don’t miss this one.
All scouts—and readers—must now raise their right hands and solemnly swear to read this. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)