By Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead; illustrated by Nicholas Gannon
(Feiwel and Friends; 214 pages; $16.99; ages 8-12)
The affection between an alien and a boy in the film "E.T." is channeled by a girl and a "zombie" in this magical novel. Ten-year-old Livy returns from far-off America to drought-stricken Australia to visit Gran, remembering little from her last visit, five years ago. But memories surface around the small green...