Literature: Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left
"I am a Family Organiser. I am solely responsible for the family well being at all times."Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left
on her role in her alien family at around age ten.
is a children's novel by Robin Klein
, which was turned into a 1994 television series.
When X's father is caught cheating in the Zyrgonian lottery for the 27th time, the Zyrgonian government loses patience. When they send their officials after him, the head of the family, ten-year-old X herself, sees no choice but to flee as far away as possible. So she and her family go halfway across the galaxy, and turn left
, taking shelter on an ignored and primitive planet called Earth. Though originally intending only to hide out on Earth until the government is overthrown again, eventually, they decide they prefer living on Earth.
Followed by a literature sequel, Turn Right for Zyrgon
, where the family and X's closest human friend, Jenny, are kidnapped back to Zyrgon to sort out some governmental issues involving their aunt. When Jenny gets mistaken for a goddess due to a reaction to Zyrgonian crystal cakes, things only get worse.
The television series mostly focuses on X's problems controlling her loopy family on an alien planet, while the government on her own planet relentlessly searches for them. X's desperate attempts for her family to fit in with Earth society leave her fighting an uphill battle, and providing much entertaining television in the process.
This book and series provides examples of:
- Alien Among Us - Part of the premise.
- Amusing Alien - See above.
- Brawn Hilda - Aunt Hecla, a positive example of this trope; an antelope herder from Zyrgon's second moon taller than any human man with a powerful build, hair so long she uses it as a windproofing cape, arms like steel girders and a voice that can be heard from a mile away.
- Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": Zyrgonian antelopes are lapdog-sized vaguely goat-like creatures with long, curly wool.
- Cloudcuckoolander - Every alien character except X and possibly her genius brother Qwrk.
- Dysfunctional Family - Ooohhh boy, this trope Up to Eleven as far as a lighthearted kids show can get.
- Fish out of Water - See top example.
- Human Aliens - Zygonians look perfectly human.
- Insignificant Little Blue Planet - The reason the family came here in the first place.
- Line-of-Sight Name: X gets her human name (Charlotte) from a recipe book (the first recipe being Apple Charlotte).
- Keep Circulating the Tapes - No DVD release, alas - even for its home country Australia. There certainly aren't any copies online, that would just be wrong.
- Man Child - Father and Mother.
- No Social Skills - Father, at least by Earth standards.
- One-Letter Name - X.
- Only Sane Man - X.
- Precocious Crush - X has one on Lox, a much older male Brainless Beauty starship pilot, for most of the first book.
- Psychic Powers - The natives of Zyrgon all have these to some extent. In X's family, Dovis is the most skilled at telekinetic levitation, whilst X has more skill with folding spatial dimensions.
- Wise Beyond Their Years - X and Qwrk; the former is more conventionally sensible, while the latter is a Child Prodigy with Super Intelligence even by the standards of his own alien race.