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When twelve-year-old Gratuity (“Tip”) Tucci is assigned to write five pages on “ The True Meaning of Smekday” for the National Time Capsule. Editorial Reviews. Review. Who knew the end of the world could be so hilarious? With a misfit. Adam Rex is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. His other books include The True Meaning of Smekday.


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It all starts with a school essay. When twelve-year-old Gratuity ("Tip") Tucci is assigned to write five pages on "The True Meaning of Smekday" for the National . PDF - The True Meaning of Smekday. When twelve-year-old Gratuity ("Tip") Tucci is assigned to write five pages on "The True Meaning of Smekday" for the. Request PDF on ResearchGate | The True Meaning of Smekday (review) | Gratuity Tucci doesn't join the other human beings in the rocketpods on Moving Day;.

Plot summary[ edit ] The story is narrated in first person by a year-old girl in eighth grade, and takes the form of a school-assigned essay intended for submission to a national competition, and expected to be stored in a time capsule to be opened in years. The protagonist is Gratuity "Tip" Tucci, who must survive on her own at age 11, after her mother is abducted by an alien race called the Boov. The entire Boov population arrives in a fleet of ships on Christmas Eve, and use their advanced technology to take over the Earth without bloodshed. On "Moving Day", when all humans are required by the Boov to relocate to Florida, Tip evades being transported by the Boov, and instead drives the family car to Florida in search of her mother. When the car breaks down, Tip reluctantly joins forces with a fugitive Boov mechanic who had taken the name J.

The protagonist is Gratuity "Tip" Tucci, who must survive on her own at age 11, after her mother is abducted by an alien race called the Boov. The entire Boov population arrives in a fleet of ships on Christmas Eve, and use their advanced technology to take over the Earth without bloodshed.

The True Meaning of Smekday PDF

On "Moving Day", when all humans are required by the Boov to relocate to Florida, Tip evades being transported by the Boov, and instead drives the family car to Florida in search of her mother. When the car breaks down, Tip reluctantly joins forces with a fugitive Boov mechanic who had taken the name J. Lo , thinking it to be a "common Earth name.

Lo was fleeing from his fellow Boov because, while modifying radio tower antennas for Boov use, he had accidentally transmitted a strong test signal in the wrong direction. The signal gave away the Earth's location to the Gorg, a violent alien race who had previously conquered the Boov's home planet.

Reading The True Meaning of Smekday is like coming home to a nice cup of tea on a winter day.

That type that provokes and pokes and invites discussion at the same time that it provides a huge amount of entertainment value. I love that one of the main secondary characters is a Native American and his is one of the strongest voices in the book in the way that he reveals and calls out institutionalised racism. Beyond questions of race, I also liked the way the book deals with gender especially considering how this is a book intended for children.

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The Boov are a non-binary people and this is remarked several times in the book. There is also an examination of gender roles: on her journey, Gratuity encounters groups of boys who endeavour to tell her very quickly that they have no place for her.

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Thankfully, she has no time but such foolishness. Having said that, I wish the book was a little bit more cohesive.

Unfortunately the middle sags a little and the latter part of the story could have been a lot shorter. Those criticisms aside, this is a very good Science Fiction novel. Reading this after reading the excellent Mars Evacuees last week was a great idea. Almost everything inside was filled with sugar, cheese, or weight-loss tips.

The True Meaning of Smekday

It was dark inside, but I expected that. The winner of the contest will have their essay placed in a time capsule to be opened in years. Because of her unique experiences during the Boov invasion, Gratuity decides to write her essay so that future kids will understand what really happened. The essay begins by describing the Christmas invasion of Earth by the Boov.

The day of the invasion i. With sad hearts I now concede that Boov and humans will never to exist as one. Could I possibly be hearing right? Were the Boov about to leave?

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I was so stupid.