Tanner’s got big problems.
Problem number one: he gets abducted by aliens and his parents think it was all a dream. Even though the creatures leave him a space helmet filled with his future memories, his parents still don’t believe him; all they see is a simple baseball cap.
Problem number two: the aliens say the Earth is going to explode in two years, and at that time, they’ll come back for him. This is fairly distressing news, but Tanner wasn't really looking forward to fifth grade anyway.
Problem number three: Tanner’s parents grow fearful when he won’t stop talking about the aliens, so they send him to a shrink. What’s the good news here? The shrink actually believes him! But are the aliens really going to return? Can he keep most of his action figures? Was it all really a dream? And if not, how would they know about his future self?
"This is a coming-of-age story for kids transitioning from middle grade to young adult. I'm hoping it's the kind of book that older brothers can read to younger siblings and vice versa."
THE AMNESIA HOTEL
Thirteen-year-old Jasper Valentine awakens in the back of a police car with no memories of his former life. Bound to a wheelchair and told his parents have recently died in a fire, Jasper is sent to an orphanage in London where two other children are also admitted at the same time--both have amnesia as well, with no recollection of their names or their pasts. While Jasper is in a wheelchair, Emmaline is missing a left arm, and Brogin is blind in one eye with a missing ear.
When Jasper finds out the year is 1899, he starts to realize that many things seem eerily out of place. Why are people driving around in cars built in the 1940's? How can robots be made with atomic power? The mystery of these discrepancies is as alarming to Jasper as his seemingly unlimited knowledge of human history.
Refusing to accept his fate tied to a wheelchair, he sets out seeking the truth about this odd version of London by attempting to track down the graves of his dead parents. When the other orphans also start to succumb to the anachronistic errors in London, they help Jasper track down the one mysterious criminal that might have all the answers.