Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Blog Tour The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson Character Interview and Giveaway

The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson

Goodreads Description-Two kids from opposite sides of the country find themselves on a road trip to save the world from an impending alien attack - and bolster their middle-school transcripts in the process. 

First came the missing people, missing time events, and untraceable radio signals. Then came Juliette, Arizona, a town that simply disappeared from existence. Suffice it to say, something strange is going on. Enter Haley and Dodger, two kids from opposite sides of the country who both think they can prove that these unexplained phenomena have a very real cause: aliens, and they are about to discover that their fledgling theories about extraterrestrial life are one-hundred-percent accurate.

Having each been awarded a Fellowship for Alien Detection (a grant from a mysterious foundation dedicated to proving aliens have visited earth), Haley and Dodger and their families each set off on a cross-country road trip over summer vacation to figure out what is happening in towns across America. They soon realize that the answers to many of their questions lie in the vanished town of Juliette, AZ, but someone, or something, is doing everything in its power to ensure they never reach it. If Haley and Dodger don't act quickly, more people may go missing, and the world as we know it may change for the worse.

I really enjoyed this novel! It was a little scarier than what I'm used to reading in MG books and it was very fast paced. The mystery was very well hidden and even with the clues dropped, I didn't figure out what was going on until, well the story revealed it. I loved the way that  Haley and Dodger's skill sets complimented each other. Even if you don't read Middle Grade Fiction, I think you'd love this Sci-Fi thriller. Though the book was complete, there was an ending left open for more novels. I'd love to see Haley and Dodger work together again. They proved they could improvise, think on their feet and weren't afraid of anything. I wish I had been that bold at their age. I can't wait to read some of  Kevin Emerson's other works!

Today I have both Haley and Dodger on the blog to answer some questions so we can get to know them a little better. So without further ado, I give you Haley and Dodger.

First up, I'd like to ask Haley a few questions.

*Haley how did you convince your parents to take you on an "Alien Detection" vacation?

It wasn’t that hard. They knew I was disappointed that I didn’t get into Thorny Mountain, and especially the JCF. And I think my dad really wanted to go, because he saw it as this big chance for family bonding. (I of course told him I’d be busy and we had to be serious but I don’t think he totally listened.)

*       Did you believe aliens existed before starting you "Alien Detection" vacation?

Sometimes my mom watches this old TV show with a detective who has this alien poster on his wall that says ‘I Want To Believe.’ That’s kinda how I always felt. It’s more fun to believe in aliens than not. Also, it’s pretty likely with the size of the universe. I never really imagined that there would be aliens visiting the planet, though, even when I had evidence that there were. 

*       If you could break an exclusive story on any story that's already happened what story would it be?

It would have been cool to have been part of the team that got those first-ever pictures of the real live giant squid! Except I get queasy on boats. 

*       Choose- a summer as the assistant for your idol investigative journalist Garrett Conrad-Wayne or the adventure you had this summer?

You make these questions too hard! Now that I’m safely back on planet Earth, I think I’d always choose the summer adventure I just had. And, you didn’t hear this from me, but Dodger and I are being honored at a big journalism dinner this fall in Washington D.C., and a certain grizzled someone is going to be there. *dies.*

*       What are the most important things an investigative journalist needs to have with them at all times?

Flashlight. Better camera. Snacks. And maybe a better sense of danger than I had! Hello, that was crazy. (Yes things did get more than a little crazy!)

*       Haley, do you often do what strange, half costumed clowns tell you to do?

I look back on that moment and think, why didn’t I just back slowly away from the strange clown man? There was something about him, though, and I think, I already felt kinda freaked out by everything I’d found out. To be honest, it was all overwhelming and, he seemed kinda trustworthy. As much as a man in a clown nose can. 

*       Haley, as an investigative journalist, what did you notice first about Dodger?

This will sound weird, but, the first thing I noticed about him was that he was lonely, and sad. Before I’d even called his name, I knew I wanted to help him, that he needed help, not just because we were about to get time-zapped. Everything about him said that he was going through a lot inside.

Thanks Haley. Please stick around. I have some more questions but, let's talk to Dodger now.

*       Dodger, you love maps what's your favorite map, real or fantasy?

My favorite map is a topographic of the Pacific Ocean, where the islands are kingdoms on high mountain tops. 

*       I'm going on a world tour, on foot, as much as possible. What maps would you suggest I take-space will be limited.

For as much as I love maps, the biggest things that happened to me last summer happened without a map. They also happened when I started talking to people like Haley. So, maybe your map should be the people you meet along the way.

Or, you know, a phone with Google Maps.

*       Do you prefer paper maps, on-line maps, or GPS navigational systems?

Paper. I like the designs, and the memories.

*       So, Dodger, before your "Alien Vacation" did you believe in alien abductions, UFO sightings and such?

No. I always thought it was silly that humans thought aliens would actually visit us or care about us. I figured aliens thought of us the way they do in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. They’re like, “I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout,” right before the blow us up to make a highway. 

*       Describe Haley as a map.

Um, well… when I got back, I had a package in the mail. It was from Vee, and it was a framed copy of the map where I found Juliette. I took down all the other maps on my walls, and I put that up above my desk, and, I don’t know, every night when I’m supposed to be doing my homework, I stare at that map, the only map of all the ones I own that had a little town in that spot that had always been blank: Juliette. And when I look at it, all I can think about is Haley.

Please don’t tell her I said that. (um...sure)

*       This question is for both of you- How long were you each grounded for lying, or omitting some of the truth or did the hefty scholarship and all the other stuff balance it out?

Dodger: Not at all. My dad figured we were even in the ‘keeping things from each other’ department.

Haley: I got one week. It could have been worse. My parents thought the lying on its own deserved more, except that I was lying for a good reason, and they acknowledged that they totally would have turned the car around if they’d known. So, two weeks of grounding, minus one for saving the entire human race. How annoying is it that Dodger didn’t get any??

Kevin Emerson has never been abducted by aliens, at least not that he remembers. He has been to Roswell, but all he found there was a cool key chain. Kevin is the author of a number of books for young readers, including the Oliver Nocturne series, Carlos Is Gonna Get It, and The Lost Code, the first book in the Atlanteans series. Kevin is also a musician. His current project is the brainiac kids’ pop band the Board of Education. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. You can visit him online at www.kevinemerson.net or tweet with him at @kcemerson.

If you'd like to follow the rest of the tour you can find the tour stops Here on the Walden Pond Press page.

And for the Giveaway!

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Thank you to Kellie at Walden Pond Press for the review copy of The Fellowship for Alien Detection and for all her hard work trying to match books and bloggers! I received no compensation for my review. The opinions are all my own.


  1. I read a review for this last week on Candace's blog and she really liked it as well. I think it would be a great book to share with my kids when they are a bit older. I kind of like that it is a bit scarier, that makes it more fun. What a cute interview. Dodger and Haley sound like a lot of fun, but what is the deal with the creepy clown? What??? No spammers today, man I am bummed!

    1. Nope no spam, but the offer still stands from my spam folder.
      It's a great book! He has a YA series as well. This particular book is definitely for an older MG crowd but only because it's a mystery thriller, not because of any particular content. I really enjoyed it myself. I was hoping for a sequel, but it's pretty complete the way it is.


  2. Sounds like a cute book for some kids that I know. Of course, I'd have to read it first... ;)

    I love the talk about maps... what? No Apple maps? LOL Loved the review, it sounds cute. Also, loved the interview. You rock at those! :)

    1. I am still learning on how to do the character interviews. I had great answers from the author so that helps! I was hoping for a little more feedback, though I really appreciate your opinion. You do a lot of these!

      I can't remember how old your nieces and nephews are but it's a book for either. It's not really scary, there aren't bad words or sex, but it is a mystery thriller. It's really an older MG.


  4. AWESOME INTERVIEW HEATHER!!!! I feel so proud *wipes away tear* Really, really creative questions and such fun answers, this interview was just a joy to read.

    Also, how adorable is it that your son left you a comment?! YAY JAKOB!

    1. Yay! I have waited all day for you to comment!! Sorry I just had to have you see this one. I created the questions with the mindset, "What would Jenny ask??" And it absolutely helped that Kevin had such fun answers. Who expects a guy to write "*dies*"
      He's awesome!

      Yes, my Jakob wanted to comment on the technical aspects of the review, font, spacing, length, picture. I asked him to make it about the content. He was very sweet to comment. He's a rockstar!

  5. I'm reading this to my 5th grade class right now and they are eating it up. I can't wait to share this post with them. They'll be so excited.

    1. Leslie-
      I can't remember which blog, but there are pictures of the places visited in the book on one of the posts. Hit the link for Walden Pond and take a look. They'll love that one, too, because Kevin's humor shows in that one, too.


  6. I'm glad I'm not the only one who found it a tad scary! And you had such great questions! I cant believe Haley got grounded at all, that doesn't quite seem fair. But I guess we really need to listen and be honest to our parents...


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