A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp: Book 1 of the Secrets of Farbookonia Series

ABOUT Marie C. Collins

Marie C. Collins
Marie C. Collins lives in Lambertville, New Jersey (USA), with her two dogs, George Eliot and Henry James, who — in spite of their snoring and a tendency to sniff horrifying things — are very good company (and in return, willingly endure Marie’s insistence that they love being kissed More...


Once you find out your mother is an alien, what ISN’T possible?!

That’s what 12-year-old Anne and 10-year-old Atticus Reade want to know. Minutes after learning that their mother is from the planet Farbookonia and that their parents’ secret project has put them all in danger, the children are wrenched from their sheltered existence in the Midwest and whisked off to a safe sleep-away camp in New Jersey — each with a tiny, protective “Globot” on one shoulder.

Painfully aware they’re not like the others at camp, Anne and Atticus do their best to fit in while concealing their alien background and the “special talents” that go with it. But everything is so new to them, they have a hard time sorting reality from fiction. Quirky campers, campfire ghost stories, a bizarre camp director, Anne’s mysterious dreams, and Atticus’s unusual animal encounters are all equally disturbing.

Just as they start getting the hang of life among young Earth humans, a broadcast on the Rec Hall TV shakes things up, and things that are truly strange emerge from normal newness. It turns out Anne and Atticus — and their new friends — may not be safe at camp after all. A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp thrusts them into a reality they wish was fiction.



Is this book for me?

A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp is a sci-fi coming-of-age mystery adventure! Debut author Marie C. Collins places relatable characters with alien abilities in a realistic setting that grows increasingly ominous as the story progresses. Her story is imaginative and fresh, and plays a subtle game of cat-and-mouse with readers’ expectations.

If you like stories that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary ... if you like characters that remind you of your friends ... if you like mysteries that keep you guessing until the final pages ... then this well-crafted, series-launching book is for you!

A Brief Stay at Earth Human Camp will make you:
• laugh
• want a Globot
• wish there was a real Camp Wannabelikem
• long for international friends and foods
• turn page after page in suspense

When you finish, you’ll want to line up for book two, The Quest for Normal, due out at the end of 2015. To stay informed about the series, sign up for emails on the series website (http://SecretsofFarbookonia.com) and “like” the series Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SecretsofFarbookonia).

—As one reviewer said: "This book proves to be a fast-moving piece of fiction that inspires the imagination, manages to keep the reader's attention all the way to the last page and, with the surprise ending, leaves one looking forward to, hopefully, a sequel!" (Amazon Review)





Approximately 110,000 words / 383 pp. print length
Available as a Kindle ebook and in paperback.