From School Library Journal
Grade 5-7 Orphans Pete and Ginnela have been sent to their aunt and uncle on the planet Merkina when an accident traps them alone on a damaged space ship. No one can rescue them unless they can figure a way to get the ship out of hyperspace. Some exploration reveals that the accident was actually a collision with an alien space ship. This ship is empty except for a package which opens in response to music but then takes over the computer of the damaged Earth ship. Ginnela and Pete must learn to communicate with this alien machine in order to retain life support. Stranded kids coping is always a popular theme in any genre. It keeps readers in suspense while the characters develop under stress. In this story the presence of only a brother, a sister, and a pet may be a little too limited, especially since both kids are very nice and fond of each other. The resolution is too swift, moving in one page from a terrified Ginnela mind-linking with the alien computer to the establishment of a multi-species galactic society. Still, this offers more real science fiction for this grade level, as opposed to those books that are just fantasy with robots and space ships thrown in, so this story will be popular with readers who want something more. Carolyn Caywood, Virginia Beach Public Library
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