The only alien on the planet
The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen D. RandleNew town, new school, new friends. It was difficult for Ginny at first, but her senior year is finally starting to feel kind of normal. That is, until she sees him—the beautiful mystery in her English class. He has never spoken a word to anyone. He moves through each day at school without making eye contact. His name is Smitty Tibbs, but everyone calls him the Alien.
Ginny is convinced theres more to the Alien than his muted exterior. But as she attempts to break into his safe and emotionless world, she realizes her efforts might be causing more harm than good. Has she gone too far, or not far enough?
Thank you! Though a brilliant student, Smitty Tibbs never speaks, never responds, never even makes eye contact. When Caulder, Smitty's loyal defender since childhood, persuades new neighbor and classmate Ginny to meet him, she is at once disturbed and fascinated by his strangeness. After she gains a small but definite reaction from him, Caulder excitedly throws them together, hoping to break the ice at last. Ginny is only partially willing to go along, knowing that she and Caulder might be biting off more than they can chew. Drawing Smitty out becomes painful for all concerned--especially after he finds the will to seek professional help and confesses that his older brother Russell subjected him to years of clever persecution, invisible to all but the two brothers. Smitty's slow, agonizing recovery is convincingly handled Russell's final unmasking, less so , but the real strength of this book lies in the complex, sensitively drawn relationships; when Ginny marvels at the intricate, seemingly effortless way she and her family and a rare and marvelous family it is, too and friends interact, readers will certainly marvel with her--and will be left with a better appreciation for the richness of their own social and emotional landscapes.
The Only Alien on the Planet: Part Three