You’ll Like It Here (Everybody Does)
Author: Ruth White
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.
Summary: Although Meggie Blue seems to be an average sixth-grader she is abnormally frightened when residents of her small, North Carolina town become fixated on aliens, and soon she and her family are forced to flee, making it clear that all is not as it seems.
Review: You’ll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White is an excellent book to introduce to a child who is interested in science fiction and dystopian novels. White, who is a Newbery Honor Winner, introduces the reader to the Blue Family. They are aliens from outer space who live in America until they are questioned by their town. They are forced to use their extraterrestrial equipment to travel to another place. The place they happen to travel to seems just like America, except it lacks certain freedoms and lack of imagination and expression.
A lot of lessons are to be learned from this book, such as how imagination and creativity are an important part of society and what would happen if we didn’t have such freedoms to be creative and unique from each other. There is also a fun dynamic between siblings Meggie Blue and her brother David and how they each handle going from being in North Carolina to “Fashion City.”