TMSDGratuity-my friends call me Tip-Tucci is eleven years old when the aliens invade on Christmas Day. The Boov rename earth Smekland, kidnap Tip’s mom, and force all Americans to relocate to Florida. On her own except for her cat named Pig, Tip decides to drive to Florida on her own. Along the way, she meets a Boov named J.Lo who upgrades her car so it hovers, earning him a ride, despite Tip’s dislike of the Boov.

The unlikely duo travel across the country in search of Tip’s mom. Along the way, they encounter Lost Boys living under a theme park, armadillos, and alien machines catching all the cats. Eventually, Tip and J.Lo become friends and allies as a worse race of aliens invades, threatening the very survival of both the humans and the Boov. Can an eleven-year-old girl, an outlaw alien, and a cat save the world?

The movie Home is based on this book, and the book is as good as the movie. Tip’s dry humor and ingenious plans keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing out loud at the same time. If you are looking for a good sci-fi with incredibly fun characters and plot, this it it!

Genre: Middle Grade, Science Fiction

Recommended Tea: Chocolate Mint