Excerpt from Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

Back to fiction this week. I picked up an interesting looking middle-grade book, Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds by Dale Kutzera. It is, you guessed it, a retelling of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.

Andy wanted to say that the Pine Mountain Army Base didn’t have an airfield, but another glowing object roared overhead, shaking the street under their feet. Every puddle rippled. The Garcia’s mailbox flew open, releasing a cascade of bills and magazines. The noise and lights receded to the west, casting a green haze over the ridge of the valley, then vanished completely. Suddenly all was still and quiet save for the steady drip of rain.

Dale Kutzera, Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds

wowtwit-1Andy McBean is struggling to survive middle school in the soggy hills of the Pacific Northwest. He’s messy, fearful of bullies, and spent much of the last year in the hospital battling leukemia.

Then one night a meteor storm devastates the county, cutting off power and communications. One giant meteor crashes into his neighborhood, skidding up the street to stop right on Andy’s front lawn. The glowing boulder draws the attention of neighbors, the media, the army, and even the new girl from Andy’s art class. He is thrilled at the notoriety, but everything changes when the meteor opens and a towering machine steps out.

Separated from his family, Andy must fend for himself and rescue his friends. Join the adventure as Andy meets an alien, learns what they want on planet earth, and devises a bold plan to stop them.


  1. This must be a different take on the original right? Still, it sounds enthralling 🙂

    Claudia @ My Soul Called Life

  2. My teaser is from a children’s book too. This sounds so fun. I just finished the Aoleon The Martian Girl Series and am looking for something new. This would be perfect!

    My TT – http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/05/19/teaser-tuesdays-115-joshua-and-the-lightning-road-my-review/

  3. Excellent description of the scene taking place! Thanks for sharing such a great teaser!

    Here’s my Teaser!

    Wendy Lohr

  4. I love good MG fiction. Enjoy!

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