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The Area 51 Files by Julie Buxbaum

Genre: Middle Grade Science Fiction

Publishing Date: September 13, 2022


Aliens, sassy hedgehogs, and unexplained disappearances . . . Oh, my! Discover the secrets of the universe in this hilarious, highly illustrated middle-grade series from New York Times bestselling author Julie Buxbaum.

“Epically fun!”–Max Brallier, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth

When Sky Patel-Baum is sent to live with her mysterious uncle, she didn’t imagine she’d end up here: Area 51. A top-secret military base with a bajillion rules and so classified not even the president knows its secrets.

Also, it turns out the place is full of aliens. Lots and lots of aliens. But they prefer to be called Break Throughs, thank you very much.

As Sky sets out to explore her extraordinary new home with her pizza-obsessed pet hedgehog Spike, she meets her otherworldly next-door neighbor Elvis and his fluffy pup, Pickles. But something mysterious is afoot in Area 51. Some of the Break Throughs have gone missing… at the exact same time Sky arrived.

Where could they be? How can Sky and her uncle convince everyone they had nothing to do with the disappearance? And why does the macaroni and cheese at Area 51 Middle have eyeballs in it? New best friends Sky, Elvis, Spike, and Pickles try to crack the case, but the clock is ticking…

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About the Author:

Julie Buxbaum is the New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, What to Say Next and most recently, Hope and Other Punchlines. She’s also the author of two critically acclaimed novels for adults: The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and more books than is reasonable.

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I was so excited to see another Sci-fi Middle Grade and written by an author I had already read and reviewed from. I admit I was sceptical at first because the book I had read was YA and also The Area 51 Files was written during lockdown and I have a few books written during that period of time and they were nothing special. The Area 51 Files has changed my mind.

Our main character is Sky Patel-Baum who I adored she was funny and very clever and she meets Elvis who was just so loveable. Speaking about loveable I have to bring up the friendship between Spike the Hedgehog and Pickles the Dog it was too cute for school.

Not only is it a Sci-fi but also a Mystery and a very funny book too. The jokes made me chortle must be the kid in me.

I am so glad that this book is the first in the series and I can't wait to see what happens next. Thank you Julie for proving me wrong. For all these reasons The Area 51 Files gets 4 stars

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