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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (456 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Will Hobbs Narrator: Charles Carroll Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781482974232
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Brady Steele watches in awe as a fireball comes crashing through the roof of his house. Brady immediately calls up his cousin, Quinn. They both love all things extreme, and this is the most extreme thing ever! Fred, as Brady names his space rock, turns out to be one of the rarest meteorites ever found. Professor Rip Ripley from the museum in Hill City wants to study a sliver of it in search of extraterrestrial bacteria. He's hoping to discover the first proof of life beyond Earth, a momentous breakthrough for the new science of astrobiology. During a week of extreme bicycling, fishing, and caving, Brady and Quinn battle their rivals, the notorious Carver boys, for possession of the meteorite. With each new day, Brady is discovering he’s able to do strange and wonderful feats that shouldn’t be possible. At the same time, he’s developing some frightening symptoms. Could he be infected with long-dormant microbes from space? Is Fred a prize or a menace? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hobbs is in great form here, combining his love of the outdoors and extreme sports with the fantastic element of an invader from space…The sense of place is powerful, with bits of lore about the region making the reader feel immersed in the story and its setting, and the characterizations are especially strong in Brady and Quinn—two teens the reader really wants to know.”

    VOYA

  • “This book is exciting and a lot of fun. It is a must-read for those who love nature, the stars, and a challenge.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Something to tantalize nearly every boyish taste, this title is a great choice for reluctant readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This fast-moving tale by an author known for exciting survival stories…is full of sports action, from basketball to biking and fishing…The premise is intriguing and adventure fans will appreciate all the boys’ escapades.”

    Kliatt

  • “Hobbs captures young teen dialogue well, and the characters are all easy to like in this solid adventure. Reluctant readers who’d rather be airborne than chair-bound will appreciate the two young boys’ penchant for pushing the envelope, and the postulations involving extremophile organisms is a neat twist with just a hint of science behind it.”

    Booklist

  • “With convincing, first-person narration, a fast pace and plenty of suspense, this is a welcome addition to Hobbs’s extremely reader-pleasing work.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/16/2014

    " This speedy read combines science fiction with extreme sports, telling of a boy who discovers that he has enhanced physical abilities after drooling on a space rock that crashed through his bedroom ceiling. The sci-fi element exists almost exclusively to support the sports element, so hardcore sci-fi fans might not find much to like in it, but viewed independently of the sci-fi genre, it's not too bad a read. Many of my students enjoyed reading it over the summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy | 2/11/2014

    " I had to read it for english class and it was pretty good!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/4/2014

    " This is a good YA book about a boy in South Dakota who has a meteorite crash through his roof and through his bed, which fortunately he is not sleeping in at the time. It is a cute sci-fi novel for younger teens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 2/3/2014

    " The only things about this book that I enjoyed... was that the main character named the meteorite FRED that crashed through his roof and went through his bed. Nearly killing him if it weren't for watching the skys that very night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitch | 2/1/2014

    " this was not my favorite book but i would still recomend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 1/31/2014

    " During a meteor shower a meteorite falls through the ceiling of Brady's room and lands under his bed. What planet did it come from? Brady and his cousin encounter bullies and adventures in this action-packed book set in the Black Hills of South Dakota. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 1/26/2014

    " The two main characters, Brady and Quinn, are overall very mature and likable young male characters. This would be a great book for readers who are looking for books with action and a little bit of the bizarre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia howe | 1/10/2014

    " I thought the book was good but the ending was ok i wish it would have continued. The book was very adventurous and i felt like i was in the book. The book made me come alive and when Brady ran and saved the kid i was relived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hollijo | 12/31/2013

    " A likable book about a sort of magical meteorite. A good read for young boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/24/2013

    " I learned that even if you have asmha you can still ride. To always do the promise you maked. This is one of the best book i read. Because its about adventure and alot of friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyjacobjensen | 12/22/2013

    " this is anovel about a boy that finds out that a meteorite that crashed through his roof and into his bed.he soon findes out that this meteorite make him have these unnormal powers so he then takes it to a scientist and then he figures out that this meteorite had little marshoins from space. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/13/2013

    " Hilarious! Action Packed to the point where you drop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 12/12/2013

    " Brady Steele is a 12 year old boy who witnesses a fireball fly through his rough.The next day his cousin Quinn comes over and they battle allien diseases and survive undicovered caves and toilets falling from the sky.In the end brady ends up passing out but makes a wild recover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Olson | 11/25/2013

    " a very good book i recommend this to anyone!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kennedy | 11/22/2013

    " I read this book a few years ago and I really liked it. It's more of a boy book, but I found it both amusing and entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 7/15/2013

    " When a meteorite crashes into Brady Steele's bedroom, he's infected with Martian microbes that give him superhuman strength and reflexes. Pretty exciting stuff, I'd imagine, if you happen to be a thirteen-year-old boy. However, literature this book is not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hunter | 5/11/2013

    " i like this book because it's about adventure,and i also like this book because it has another thing i like and that is fishing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci Haley | 3/13/2013

    " This novel was a little bit different than the average Will Hobbs... while the usual outdoor adventure was there, he threw in a wickedly cool science fiction twist. Don't know how realistic the whole scenario was, but I loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tonya | 1/22/2013

    " Not exactly my style, but if you were a 5-7th grade boy I imagine that the adventures these two went on throughout the book would be appealing. I was sorry that there wasn't more of a plot... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 117Evan | 12/23/2012

    " Amazing!! It is the best book I have ever read!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olga Morrill | 11/4/2012

    " Good juvenile read. Convincing characters. The space rock thing is a little hard to swallow, but it held my interest and I think young folks around 10 - 12 years old would like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tweller83 | 8/6/2012

    " Metorite crashes through roof into bed and infects the boy whose bed it crashes into. Fun book about going "dormant." Action and adventure and mystery with a little science fiction in it. Good book for boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Wilson | 6/28/2012

    " Love Will Hobbs and his adventures for kids. Adventure and what would happen if a meteor crashed through your roof and you touched it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 5/24/2012

    " Makes me want to get to Yellowstone! "

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About the Author
Author Will Hobbs

Will Hobbs is the author of many outdoor adventure novels for upper elementary, middle school, and young adult readers, as well as a few picture book stories. Several of his novels have been named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and Ghost Canoe, his first mystery, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. The ALA’s list of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of the Twentieth Century includes two of Will's titles: Far North and Downriver. A graduate of Stanford University and a former reading and language arts teacher, he lives with his wife in Durango, Colorado.

About the Narrator

Charles Carroll is an actor and voice-over artist residing in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He is an avid film buff and stays active in the local film community.