PERIJEE & ME With friends like these…
released OUT NOW! 208 pages | Paperback/ ebook
Author Ross Montgomery
Publisher Faber & Faber In Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, an awkward, lonely girl finds friendship with a lost alien creature who manages to cause havoc. In the similarly- titled Perijee & Me, an awkward, lonely girl finds friendship with… well, that’d be telling. But there’s definitely havoc.
Caitlin is an energetic but lonely child, ostracised at school and ignored by her parents. After a meteor shower leaves the nearby beaches covered in sealife, she finds a tiny creature which quickly evolves, grows and learns from Caitlin. Convinced she’s finally found the companionship she’s been pining for ( as well as a way to reconnect with her scientist father), Caitlin takes Perijee under her wing, before unwittingly unleashing his inner monster on the world…
Perijee & Me is often silly in a way young children are likely to find hysterically funny, but it’s a fine line between silly and annoying for older readers. Caitlin’s a textbook example of a naive narrator, and her eternal optimism and utter lack of self- awareness quickly grate. By the end, it’s a lovely, touching look at friendship… so long as you ignore the millions of people whose lives were destroyed. But Caitlin doesn’t really pay attention to this, so maybe we’re not meant to either.
Perijee is named after the point in the Moon’s orbit when it’s closest to the Earth ( though that’s spelt perigee).