Danny meets a group of kids, slightly older than he, who call themselves the Super Science Society (SSS). These young people--Julian, Tom, and the lovely and sexually precocious Rochelle--know all the same source material that Danny's been reading, books about men in black and alien abduction, but they seem to be privy to the stories behind the stories, as well. He is drawn into their world which, eventually, leads to a road trip and, finally Danny's own alien abduction.
Or is Danny just a sad, lonely kid, living a fantasy life so rich that the recording of it helps to keep the awful events of his real life at bay? As one reads Danny's journals, written three years later, in 1966, clarity ebbs and flows, as events become more outrageous and horrifying in the journal but Danny's home life intrudes more and more often.
With Journal of a UFO Investigator David Halperin has given us an exciting adventure tale and a poignant coming-of-age story presented through the scribblings of one troubled--but ultimately, it seems, okay--boy. Halperin marvelously captures the voice of a boy who is precocious intellectually but helplessly behind socially, and his longing for friends who get him and a girl who will love him.
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