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The Last Girl on Earth
Contributor(s): Blogier, Alexandra
ISBN: 0399552278     ISBN-13: 9780399552274
Publisher: Delacorte Pr
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2018
Annotation: Li is the only human left after aliens take over the planet, but she learns to stay alive, with the help of her human-sympathizing father, by assimilating to Abdolorean society, which she must keep a secret at all costs or risk the terrifying consequences of exposure.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Extraterrestrial beings; Fiction.
Impersonation; Fiction.
Science fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017015643
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 246 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 November)

Gr 7 Up—Humanity is gone and instead an alien race, the Abdoloreans, inhabits Earth. Li lives with her father and sister, and only they know her secret—Li is human. She has been trained by her adoptive father from an early age to not only blend in with the intelligent and strong Abdoloreans but also to be among the highest ranking in her class. She does not question the fact that Earth was supposedly saved when the Abdoloreans took over her planet 16 years ago, and if her true identity stays hidden, she too can travel to other planets. With tests and training missions, and a budding romance with Ryn, a new transfer student, Li's life of simply trying to survive becomes more complicated and the threat of exposure higher than ever. This is an engaging science fiction novel with an interesting premise. As the narrative progresses, Li realizes that by secretly working harder than everyone else, her classmates, including her best friend, assume that her top marks and athleticism come naturally to her; they do not see the mental and physical toll it takes. Li, a biracial human teen, blends in easily with her Abdolorean peers, with the exception of having to wear fake gills. Not enough information is shared about Abdolorean culture to know if their humanlike appearance is real or a form they use on Earth. VERDICT Fast-paced and accessible, this debut is recommended for most young adult collections.—Marissa Lieberman, East Orange Public Library, NJ

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