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Jun 12, 2001
| ISBN 9780440416487
| Middle Grade (8-12)
Nov 13, 2001
| ISBN 9780440418627
| Middle Grade (8-12)
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Jun 12, 2001 | ISBN 9780440416487 | Middle Grade (8-12)
Nov 13, 2001 | ISBN 9780440418627 | Middle Grade (8-12)
When fourth grader Akiko finds a spacecraft hovering outside her window one night, she begins the adventure of a lifetime. She is whisked off to the planet Smoo to lead a team searching for the King of Smoo’s kidnapped son. Akiko the head of a rescue mission? She’s afraid to be on the school’s safety patrol! So begins the adventures of Akiko, wherein she meets her team — Spuckler Boach, Gax, Poog, and Mr. Beeba — and sets off on a journey across Smoo to find a prince and become a leader.
When this fourth-grader comes home from school one day, she finds an envelope waiting for her with no stamp and no return address. The message inside reads Dear Akiko: We are coming to get you. Meet us outside your bedroom window tonight at 8:00. Don’t forget your toothbrush. How could anyone meet her outside her window? She lives on the 17th floor, for goodness sake. But that evening, as Akiko is preparing to study for tomorrow’s geography test, she finds a small spacecraft hovering outside her window with two odd little men inside. They have been sent to whisk Akiko off to the Planet Smoo where she will lead a team enlisted to find the King of Smoo’s kidnapped son, Prince Froptoppit. Akiko, the leader of a rescue mission? She’s too timid to be on the school’s safety patrol! So begins Akiko’s adventure across the land of Smoo to find a prince and become a leader.
Mark Crilley was raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Kalamazoo College, he traveled to Taiwan and Japan, where he taught English for nearly five years. It was during his stay in Japan that he created the Eisner Award–nominated comic Akiko… More about Mark Crilley
"[A] stylish debut." — Publishers Weekly"The action is fast-paced and nicely illustrated…and Crilley’s easy-reading, conversational style is appealing." — Booklist
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