The Sitters by Sylviane Stoltzman
When their small, secluded town is invaded, Junior and his aunt flee into the mountains. The Lewotians are after Junior, but nobody can figure out why. When Junior and his aunt are captured, they find out that Junior has the potential to rival the Lewotians’ greatest Sitters. Junior vows to learn everything the Lewotians know about being a Sitter for one reason…
To take back his town.
The Sitters is a mid-grade debut novel by author Sylviane Stoltzman. The main character, Junior, is an eleven-year-old who lives with his family on the planet Scrathen. The book opens with Junior and his aunt Felicia shopping at a farmers' market when airships arrive from the planet Lewotia. Frightened, the two hide, but soon learn that the Lewotians are looking for Junior and Felicia specifically. No one knows why the Lewotians want the two of them, but it's clear the Lewotians aren't friendly.
The story is a bit slow to start, because of the necessary background that has to be laid, but the characters are likeable and pleasurable to read about. They act like real people. At times, it was hard for me to remember Junior was only eleven, but that's probably because I haven't been eleven for many, many years.
The world created by Ms. Stoltzman quickly drew me in, and I was eager to learn why the Lewotians wanted Junior. The book was hard for me to put down until I finished it.
There were some punctuation errors, and I had a hard time keeping the entire cast of characters straight, but it was well-worth the struggle. :)
I'm looking forward to Ms. Stoltzman's next book. The Sitters is available at Amazon for your Kindle or in paperback.
My rating: 4/5 stars