Andrew thinks it might be fun to have a tiny orange-colored alien, complete with its own spaceship, for a pet– especially one that can teach him “mind-over-matter” tricks. But Zidrian isn’t cruising around the galaxies for hum; she’s an explorer for the Intergalactic Minerals Exploitation Company, and she has her own plans for Andrew, and for plant Earth.

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio