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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and March 2016 Book of the Month You can rely on Ross Montgomery to put an unexpected twist and an extra helping of humanity into his stories, no matter how zany. Perijee is an alien Caitlin finds on the beach near her home. Though he grows at an alarming rate, eats everything, and sprouts limbs seemingly at will, to Caitlin Perijee is immediately a friend, something to love. Sadly, no-one else has her perspicacity or heart: when the rest of the human world discovers Perijee, the response is fear and aggression. The effect on Perijee is devastating, he’s forced into fight mode too. Only Caitlin can save her friend, and the world. What follows is a mad adventure, funny and exciting in equal parts, and containing an important message about love, kindness and trust. ~ Andrea Reece
When 11-year-old Caitlin discovers a shrimp-like alien creature on the shores of her island home, she takes responsibility for teaching it about the world. Mostly, this just involved stopping little Perijee from eating everything! Caitlin becomes increasingly close to her alien friend, treating him like a brother.
There's only one problem - Perijee won't stop growing.
Then the authorities try to hunt him down and through his fear, Perijee disappears and starts causing trouble. Caitlin must leave home and travel across the country to try and convince Perijee to stop destroying everything before it's too late.
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It's a consistently funny and exciting story whose ending offers both a twist and a surprise Books for Keeps
Full of delightful characterisation, sometimes farcical, sometimes poignant, this novel involves a quest, a brass band of deliquent youngsters and a fierce girl with false teeth. Children's fiction has a remarkable new comic voice Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
Underneath this barking mad romp there's a moving message about love, loss, fear and identity. A highly original debut novel Daily Mail
|Publication date:||3rd March 2016|
|Publisher:||Faber & Faber|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Humorous|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children, UKLA 2017|
Ross Montgomery started writing stories as a teenager, when he really should have been doing homework, and continued doing so at university. After graduating, he experimented with working as a pig farmer and a postman before deciding to channel these skills into teaching at a primary school. He wrote his novel when he really should have been marking homework. He lives in Finsbury Park with his girlfriend and many, many dead plants.More About Ross Montgomery