Sandy Washington was a pretty normal guy. The only unusual thing about him was that Sandy had been raised by aliens on their spaceship. The kangaroo-like Hakh'hli had done everything they could to give Sandy a normal human boyhood-of course, their idea of “normal” was based on somewhat limited information. Now, finally, the Hakh'hli were bringing Sandy home to Earth. And, as long as they were in the neighborhood, they were going to give humanity some extraordinary gifts. The Hakh'hli seemed to have Sandy's-and humanity's-best interests at heart. But the people of Earth weren't so sure . . .

“Pohl's unerring gift for satire delivers a splendidly skewed alien-eye-view of human culture while spinning a touching, slightly quirky story of a young man's coming of age. Highly recommended.” -Booklist

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

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ISBN-13: 978-0-3453-3975-1
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Copyright 1989 by Frederik Pohl

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