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#1 Escape from Planet Yastol
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By Pamela F. Service
Illustrated by Mike Gorman
©2011
Darby Creek

ISBN-10: 0-7613-7918-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-7918-8

Pages: 112
Trim Size: 5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Dewey: [Fic]
Reading Level: 4

Interest Level: 4-6
Ages: 9-12

ATOS Quiz #: 145557
ATOS AR Points: 2.00
ATOS: 4.20
Guided Reading: R*
Lexile Level: 620
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About the Author
Born in Berkeley, California, Pamela F. Service grew up loving to hear, read, and tell stories—particularly about weird stuff. Pamela earned a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley followed by an MA in history and archaeology from the University of London. She spent many years living in Bloomington, Indiana, writing, serving on the city council, and being curator of a history museum. She has a grown daughter, Alex, who is also a museum curator. Pamela is now living in Eureka, California, where she writes, works as a museum curator, and acts in community theater.
About the Illustrator
Mike Gorman is a seasoned editorial illustrator whose work has been seen in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and other publications. He lives in Westbrook, Maine, with his wife, three children, a dog, a cat, two toads, and a gecko.
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"Funny, quirky, and action-filled, the story will hold reluctant readers' attention." --The Horn Book Guide
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"With a story that will capture middle school readers and text that is not overly challenging for younger readers, this book will be enjoyed by many." --Library Media Connection

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