Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds: 04/20/15
Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds by Dale Kutzera is about another attempted invasion of the earth by extra terrestrials. This time the invasion fleet picks a suburb of Seattle inhabited by the McBeans.
The initial invasion is an all at once thing with lots of destruction, a surprising detail for a children's science fiction. And then it's up to Andy and the other kids he rescues to stop the invading force from their dastardly plans.
But after the initial punch of the invasion and destruction, the book loses its pace. There's a lot of exploring and arguing and by the numbers planning to save the town. It ends up feeling more like Scooby Doo meets the Aliens than a modern day science fiction adventure story.