The True Meaning of Smekday

The True Meaning of Smekday

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010 | Unabridged
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It all starts with a school essay. Twelve-year-old Gratuity "Tip" Tucci is assigned to write five pages on "The True Meaning of Smekday" for the National Time Capsule contest, and she's not sure where to begin: when her mom started telling everyone about the messages aliens were sending through a mole on the back of her neck? Maybe on Christmas Eve, when huge, bizarre spaceships descended to Earth, and aliens--called the Boov--abducted her mother? Or when the Boov declared Earth a colony, renamed it "Smekland" (in honor of glorious Captain Smek), and forced all Americans to relocate to Florida via rocketpod? Gratuity's story is much, much bigger than the assignment. It involves her unlikely friendship with a renegade Boov mechanic named J.Lo, a futile journey south to find Gratuity's mother at the Happy Mouse Kingdom, a cross-country road trip in a hovercar called Slushious, and an outrageous plan to save Earth from yet another alien invasion.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library (Audio), 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307711137
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
Additional Contributors: Turpin, Bahni
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Staff Book Review: The True Meaning of Smekday

Gratuity, or Tip for short, is a terrified, angry, badass eleven-year-old. Ordinarily, Tip is used to handling all sorts of situations, having grown up managing her absent-minded mother. But these aren’t ordinary circumstances. The main reason she’s terrified is because an alien race, the Boov, have taken control of Earth and are forcing all humans in the United States to relocate to Florida, (more)


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JStuart23
Dec 17, 2017

This book/Audio book is so good! A very well done and written story. It deals with many themes in a very hilarious way (if you're an adult). The audio book is voiced by a very entertaining actress whose voice is very nice to listen to. I recently found out that they made a movie of this book called "Home" which I actually watched. The movie is nothing like the book at all. I didn't even realize the two were the same after listen to the audio book. My wife was looking at kids movies on Netflix and read the name "Boov" in the description and put the two together.

Definitely read or listen to the book!

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Lmorga
Jun 07, 2017

Adam Rex is an amazing author AND artist! I love basically everything he has done, but this one, Smekday... is a treasure. First off I commend him for tackling a female main character... not only tackling but creating one of the smartest most charming and honest feeling characters. The voice artist is wonderful in this audiobook but it's a must to also check out the physical book so you can follow along with the wonderful artwork. Keep em coming Adam and everyone else support this awesome Author/Artist!

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panchodog
Mar 15, 2015

This is hands-down one of THE best audio books we've ever listened to and that includes all the Jim Dale narrated Harry Potter books. Bahni Turpin is just amazing and absolutely pitch perfect for every character in this hilarious book. It's soon to be a new movie, "Home", and I'm sure my kids will want to go see it, but it will pale in comparison to this audio book. We all loved the narrator so much we went and looked for other audio books she narrated, regardless of genre or style. This is a very funny story and my kids have enjoyed reading it too, but I know they have Bahni Turpin's voice in their heads when they read. Just excellent all around!

JCLOctavia Jun 17, 2013

A great book you can listen to over and over again and still laugh every time.

CaraLibrarian May 23, 2013

This is essentially a full-cast audiobook, read by one, incredibly talented voice actor. So very highly recommended!!!

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kesha1123
Jan 15, 2013

I did not want to like this sci-fi children's novel. I thought the dialogue was pretentious and long-winded, but once J.Lo and Gratuity seriously got to the business of finding her mother, 7/9 of the way through the book, I became intrigued. I appreciated Rex's attention to diversity and overall liked the themes of acceptance and self-confidence. Really clever young readers will get a kick out of the slam the author makes toward the notion of celebrity.

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Lucchesa
Jan 06, 2013

Our family listens to a lot of audiobooks, many of them excellent (the whole Harry Potter series narrated by Jim Dale, lots of Full Cast Audio productions, etc.). This is simply the best one we've ever had the pleasure to enjoy. The book is wildly original in the way it Cuisinarts familiar genres - alien invasion blends with buddy road trip. Lots of food for discussion in its themes. Plus it's funny as hell (excuse my language, as Gratuity would say). Then the narrator is brilliant, evoking not only a range of American voices but those of two different alien races as well. We've all started quoting J.Lo, the Boov ("We'll be sneaky agents, like Bond James Bond.") I'm sure Smekday is a great read, but if you have a chance to hear the audiobook, do not miss it.

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smcred
Mar 02, 2012

I agree with this quote from Gin Phillips, author of "Come In & Cover Me" & "The Well & The Mine":

"One way I judge the impact of a book is how its various bits and pieces wangle their way into my daily life. Do certain phrases stick in my head? Am I unable to resist reading it aloud to my husband? Days and weeks after I finish it, am I quoting from it — to my family, to my dog, to an empty kitchen? I read Adam Rex's young adult novel, The True Meaning of Smekday in 2007, and I was immediately hooked on its weird, brilliant vision of an Earth invaded — and later abandoned — by a hostile alien race called the Boov. My whole family liked it so much that reading it out loud soon replaced the Nintendos that usually dominate our car trips." {NPR, February 27, 2012}

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snarkout
Jul 28, 2011

Best audio book ever!

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