This is book number 1 in the Star Scouts series.
Mixing the classic coming-of-age story of trying to fit in but cannot all with modern elements. There are puns, bad jokes and aliens. Some breath oxygen others methane. There are aliens that look like parrots and others who like Chef’s Surprise for lunch. There is the typical camp humor, the obtaining of badges like teleportation, building robots and study of scat. But the main theme that of friendship and working together. Fun, bright, rich illustrations complement the text and help move the story along.— Jeanette
Avani is the new kid in town, and she’s not happy about it. Everyone in school thinks she’s weird, especially the girls in her Flower Scouts troop. Is it so weird to think scouting should be about fun and adventure, not about makeovers and boys, boys, boys?
But everything changes when Avani is “accidentally” abducted by a spunky alien named Mabel. Mabel is a scout too—a Star Scout. Collecting alien specimens (like Avani) goes with the territory, along with teleportation and jetpack racing. Avani might be weird, but in the Star Scouts she fits right in. If she can just survive Camp Andromeda, and keep her dad from discovering that she’s left planet Earth, she’s in for the adventure of a lifetime.
"The characters are engaging, the message focuses on teamwork, and the book is a lot of fun." —Paste Magazine, from their "10 Best Kids Comics of 2017"
"With brilliant worldbuilding and humor in spades, Lawrence has conceived a truly exceptional graphic tale that's also a classic underdog story; don't miss this one." —Kirkus, starred review
"Lawrence's illustrations are bright and dynamic, driving the action across (and down, and around) each page." —Shelf Awareness, starred review
"It’s an exciting, laugh-a-minute story that plainly reveals the rewards of teamwork, whatever planet one calls home." —Publishers Weekly
"This is a gorgeous book, with lush imagery." —School Library Journal
"The fact that much of this graphic novel takes place away from Earth gives Lawrence both visual and textual freedom, and the odd, nifty landscapes and madcap, unexpected camp adventures demonstrate his creative flair." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"With a diverse cast of human girls and lots of supportive riendships at its heart, this gratifying comic will please fans of Craig Thompson’s Space Dumplins." —Booklist