SignalBook - 2009
After moving with his emotionally distant father to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, twelve-year-old Owen faces a lonely summer until he meets an abused girl who may be a space alien.
One day while running on the trail near his house in upstate New York, Owen McGuire meets a girl with startling green eyes and bloody cuts all over her body who seems to be utterly alone. Her name is Campion, after the wildflower that is an alien species in the area--alien meaning "from someplace else"--and Campion claims to come from someplace else entirely, a planet called Home. She plans to signal her parents to come pick her up in their spaceship. Owen agrees to help, and as he does, he feels happier than he has in a long time: his mother died a year and a half ago, and now he and his workaholic father live together like two planets on separate orbits, in a new house far from his friends. What will he do when Campion asks him to come with her into outer space, away from his lonely life on Earth?
In this moving novel, two friendless kids search the night sky for something to believe in--but discover that they've found what they need right here on Earth.
Upon meeting Campion, a girl with cuts all over her body who declares that she is the child of aliens, Owen is taken aback, especially when she asks for his help in creating a signal in a field that will tell her alien family exactly where she is on the planet so that she can be picked up.