Can you identify a long-forgotten book from my childhood?
January 31, 2011 2:17 PM Subscribe
[childhood book filter] Can you identify this science-fiction book I read as a child?
posted by easy, lucky, free to media & arts (12 answers total)
As a kid, I read a science-fiction book which I really enjoyed, but I've forgotten the title. If I provide some vague details, can you fill in the rest?
I believe the protagonist was a teenage boy. He might have been Australian, and his name might have started with a J. I seem to recall that he lived with relatives other than his parents. One night, he wakes up to see that a flying saucer has landed in his backyard. There was a vivid description of his approaching the window to see this massive silver craft on the back lawn, I think. He goes to investigate and is transported...somewhere.
I probably read this book between 1995 and 1997, but I have a vague sense that it was "old" then, which could mean it was published long before I came upon it. It could also mean that I was seven and anything older than I was felt positively antiquated.
Also noteworthy is the fact that I was a rather precocious reader and read anything I could find. I was checking out books from the "grownup" section of the library by first grade, so the book in question may not be a young adult title.
If you can help me, I'll be forever grateful! :)