Blast Off
Blast Off

Blast Off

Written by Nate Ball & illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
Book #1 in the Alien in My Pocket Series
6 - 10
Reading age
Page count
Words per page
Lexile measure
Jan 7, 2014
Publication date

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Publisher Summary

2015-2016 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Winner!With engaging illustrations on every spread, a page-turning plot, a do-it-yourself experiment on building your own rocket, and fun science facts throughout, this is the perfect chapter book for young readers! And it’s all from the amazing brain of MIT graduate Nate Ball, host of PBS’s Emmy Award-winning Design Squad series.When a four-inch-tall alien crash-lands through Zack McGee’s bedroom window, Zack is sure he’s about to become the first victim in a new War of the Worlds. But when the alien turns out to have weapons that are more ticklish than terrifying, Zack realizes that rather than protect the world from the alien, it’s up to him to protect the alien in his pocket from the world.The adventure begins in this thrilling new chapter book series, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment!

What Kind of Book is Blast Off

Primarily about

aliens and extraterrestrial beings

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.


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Book Details

Publication Date
January 7, 2014
Page Count
Words Per Page
Juvenile Reader
Reading Age
6 - 10 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
Lexile® Level
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
ATOS® Book Level
Accelerated Reader® Points
Accelerated Reader Quiz
Accelerated Reader Interest Level

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