I couldn't resist this book once I'd heard the premise: Scrub (aka Dave) is forced to visit his eccentric grandmother in Washington, only to discover that she runs a secret intergalactic hotel, and her guests are aliens looking for a primitive, backwater world as a vacation spot. His grandmother needs some help around the hotel - it's a tough place to run all by herself, but secrecy must be maintained, or the intergalactic B&B organization will shut her down. Scrub is happy to help - it's a fascinating place, after all, but trying to keep things secret is incredibly difficult. There's the town sheriff, who is suspicious and hostile, and a very pretty, very nice girl who is way too interested in aliens for Scrub's peace of mind.
This is a funny, sweet story that should appeal to both boys and girls. Scrub is an easy kid to like, and he tells the story in an accessible, entertaining way. I did have some trouble suspending my disbelief throughout the course of the book, but I doubt most young readers will share my reservations. The story is exciting and suspenseful and dishes out a few fun surprises. I'm not sure I feel the need to continue with this series myself, but I will certainly be recommending it to young readers at my library.
Books in the Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast series:
1. Aliens on Vacation
2. Aliens on a Rampage
Aliens on Vacation (#1 in the Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast series) by Clete Barrett Smith; narrated by Joshua Swanson (Brilliance Audio, 2011)