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The Area 51 Files
By (author): Julie Buxbaum Illustrated by: Lavanya Naidu
Julie Buxbaum ,

Illustrated by :

Lavanya Naidu

Imprint:

Delacorte Press

ISBN:

9780593429464

Product Form:

Hardcover
Hardcover
English

Audience:

Children: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Sep 13, 2022
$19.99 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.56in x 5.75 x 1.02 in | 0.9 lb

Page Count:

304 pages
Random House Children's Books
Delacorte Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
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…

Series Overview: Publishing on an accelerated nine-month schedule: The Area 51 Files Book #1 (Fall 22); The Area 51 Files Book #2 (Summer 23); The Area 51 Files Book #3 (Spring 24).



    STAR YA AUTHOR TAKING ON MG: Julie Buxbaum is a YA darling and New York Times best-selling author of TELL ME THREE THINGS and the forthcoming YEAR ON FIRE (Spring 2022). Her first foray into MG is an utter delight! 

    HIGHLY ILLUSTRATED: With art on every page! Illustrated by rising star artist Lavanya Naidu, who illustrated the cover of Rick Riordan’s newest novel, DAUGHTER OF THE DEEP. 

    LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY: Julie Buxbaum’s middle grade voice is pitch perfect and absolutely hilarious!

    PERFECT FOR RELUCTANT READERS: Short chapters, fast-paced writing, and highly illustrated interiors make this an ideal book for reluctant readers.

    OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIEN MYSTERY: A little bit Men in Black, a little bit Nancy Drew, this sci-fi mystery genre mash-upabout a newcomer who must solve the case of missing aliens is full of high concept hijinks.

    HILARIOUS ANIMAL SIDEKICKS: Sky’s pet hedgehog Spike and fluffy pup Pickles are funny and adorable. Kids won’t be able to get enough of this hilariously cute pair!

JULIE BUXBAUM is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels Tell Me Three Things, What to Say Next, Hope and Other Punch Lines, and Admission. She also wrote the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. She frequently has UFOs (Unidentified Food Objects) all over her shirt.

LAVANYA NAIDU is a children’s book illustrator and animator, born and raised in Kolkata. A graduate of the National Institute of Design, she has worked on numerous children’s books as well as animation projects. She currently lives in Melbourne and recently completed her role as the head of design on the animated kids series The Strange Chores (season 2) at 12field Animation. In her spare time, Lavanya enjoys collecting dinosaur models and befriending dogs.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

LAVANYA NAIDU is a children’s book illustrator and animator, born and raised in Kolkata. A graduate of the National Institute of Design, she has worked on numerous children’s books as well as animation projects. She currently lives in Melbourne and recently completed her role as the head of design on the animated kids series The Strange Chores (season 2) at 12field Animation. In her spare time, Lavanya enjoys collecting dinosaur models and befriending dogs.

Illustrator Residence: Melbourne, Australia

Illustrator Hometown: Kolkata, India

Author Website: JulieBuxbaum.com

Author Social Media: @JulieBuxbaum

“A chapter book and graphic novel hybrid, it’s bursting with fantastical extraterrestrial life-forms.”—The New York Times

Epically fun! Overflowing with aliens, adventure, mystery, and adorable animal sidekicks!”—Max Brallier, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth
 
The Area 51 Files has everything you could possibly want from a middle grade novel: inventive characters, witty banter, hilarious jokes, charming illustrations, amusing extraterrestrials, action, adventure, mystery—and a snarky hedgehog.  It’s funny, gripping, touching and all-around wonderful.“—Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of the Spy School series
 
“Filled with equal parts mystery and belly-laughs, The Area 51 Files delivers an alien invasion of out-of-this-world fun.”—Gordon Korman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Restart

”Kids are going to love this unputdownable, extra-fun, extra-hilarious, extra-mysterious, extraterrestrial adventure.“—Sarah Mlynowski, New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series and the Upside-Down Magic series

”Buxbaum’s middle-grade debut is a rip-roaring series opener complete with over-the-top characters and jokes galore. Naidu’s black-and-white cartoon illustrations extend the comedy with ongoing commentary that smartly interacts with the prose…Contagiously goofy and fun.“—Kirkus Reviews

”Good-natured humor lands alongside imaginatively rendered extraterrestrials (including a living cubist representation), while quick pacing keeps things light. B&w illustrations by Naidu both illuminate and expand upon this tongue-in-cheek mystery adventure."—Publishers Weekly

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