I read this story in the early 2000's, found it in a hospital gift shop. The story centered around a small town where the kids begin to notice that the adults are acting strangely. I remember there being some kids that lived on farms. Only the kids knew about the invasion and no one believed them. As the aliens realized that the kids were on to them, they were creating accidents to kill the kids. I remember one part where one of the kids died because he was run over by a tractor. There might have been a reaction from the aliens to water, if I remember correctly. The final showdown took place in a school (the high school I think?) where the kids were able to defeat the aliens. The kids were not high school-aged, more like early Tweens-teens. The cover was a little on the cheesy side, showing the kids with the town in the background, and the green alien lights.

This book has sentimental value. I've been looking for years, but can't find much without a title. Thanks.

  • I've been looking for that same book. It was a 3 booked series I think? Came out around the time of Animorph too. Dark cover purple background I think. I think it was called Invasion but don't know much else.
    – Maria
    Jun 21, 2020 at 18:38
  • Long shot. Did it have Coyote as high school quarterback and Rabbit as the narrator?
    – Spencer
    Jan 4, 2021 at 0:19
  • Doesn't Tween mean early twenties? As in "Twenties Teenager"? Rather than 12 years old as suggested by the comment on the Faculty answer and the content of the Visitors answer?
    – Jontia
    Jan 4, 2021 at 9:00
  • I thought it was only one book with the resolution at the end being the death of the aliens, but I could be wrong and read the series without remembering. Tween is a preteen; They were at most 14 years old. I don’t remember names or what the narrator was called, but I’ll look into any and all suggestions. I have ordered the other two books suggested in hopes of tracking it down. I will update if either turns out to be the one.
    – JaneD.
    Apr 6, 2022 at 3:13

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This sounds a bit like it might have been a novelization of the movie "The Faculty" from 1998. The following Wiki site has a promotional movie poster cover that matches what you describe as the book cover. As you note, only the kids are aware that something is going wrong and start getting killed off. Too, the showdown does occur at the school with the kids being able to defeat the alien leader. Finally, the aliens in the film are found to have a weakness due to:

A drug that acts as a diuretic that removes water from them.

However, I don't specifically remember a scene with a tractor running over a kid.

Wiki Cover

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  • No, the kids were much younger.
    – JaneD.
    Feb 24, 2015 at 21:52

Visitors: Strange Invaders

I was looking for the same book and found this thread via Google. It's the Visitors series by Rodman Philbrick, starting with Strange Invaders.

Twelve-year-old twins Nick and Jessie are woken up in the middle of the night by a blazing white light followed by a loud explosion. As they rush to the window, rain suddenly begins pouring down, and the water starts to glow. It is the strangest thunderstorm they’ve ever seen, and it stops as quickly as it started.

Nick has a feeling it may not have been a storm at all, but visitors from another planet. When he and Jessie decide to investigate a strange sound downstairs, they find their mom and dad digging a hole in the basement. At least, they think it’s their mom and dad. But since when does their mom let them eat all the junk food they want, and why isn’t their dad going to work?

Nick and Jessie know something is wrong, and if their hunch is right, their parents’ bodies have been taken over by aliens. It’s up to Nick, Jessie, and their best friend, Frasier, to solve the mystery and protect their town from an extraterrestrial threat.

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    Can you explain why this book matches?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jan 3, 2021 at 19:00
  • It's about twelve year olds in a small town who have to fight aliens who have taken over their parents. Here's a summary: openroadmedia.com/ebook/strange-invaders/9781497685413 Jan 3, 2021 at 20:54
  • @AnarchistMiracle it would be better if you could pull the parts of the summary that specifically match the question into the answer. But the cover image is a great start.
    – Jontia
    Jan 4, 2021 at 8:57

The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman?

  • Small town kids who notice parents are acting weird
  • One of the kids dies early on and rumors spread as to how
  • Kids receive monthly shots and are told it is "medicine"
  • One kid's parents don't cry at their funeral
  • One of the parents reveals to the kids they are aliens
  • Alien plan was to scout planet before returning home to plan an invasion
  • Protagonist does not want to leave human life behind, so he fights against the adults' plans

There is a spaceship involved towards the end but I do not recall if any final confrontation takes place in a school. Also, no memory of there being a weakness apart from needing the "medicine" or they will revert back to their alien form. Read this in middle school and it was sentimental to me as well.

Front cover of the books showing Jason wearing his glove

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    Welcome to the site. Could you edit your answer to explain why you think this might be the correct book? Like listing any plot points that match the description given in the question? You could also try taking the tour. Jan 31, 2021 at 3:05
  • That's good work providing more details! I hope you don't mind, but I provided a link to the publisher's entry and provided alt-text for the image.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 1, 2021 at 3:40

Does this sound familiar?


I've been looking for the same book for years. I read it as a kid on a trip to Disney World. This is the closest book I've found that vaguely feels like the same as one I read, but I don't know cause I don't really remember it that well. I always thought it was more of an obscure book, kinda let down if it was just another animorphs.

  • No you’re right, it’s definitely not an animorphs book. Still haven’t had luck in finding the novel.
    – JaneD.
    Jan 3, 2018 at 17:34

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