The Alien Brainwash (Space Scout)
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"When Kip lands on a planet covered with giant flowers, it feels like the most boring place in the universe. But are these creepy weeds as innocent as they seem?"--P.  of cover.
night would last. And they’d have to do it without waking the flowers. The night was so dark and rainy that Kip couldn’t see a thing. As quietly as possible, he rummaged in his backpack. He pulled a gadget from the very bottom. A brand new UV-Trak! The UV-Trak was a short, stubby wand with a UV light on the tip. The UV light picked up traces of a chemical called phosphorus. Every human had it in their body, and left traces of it behind. Kip flicked the UV-Trak on. Immediately, a purple light
If he didn’t have heaps of experience staying cool in creepy situations, he would have screamed. Kip had stepped on a gigantic bug! It had six bulging eyes, eight black furry legs, razor-sharp fangs and a metre-long sting. Kip tore his foot off the massive bug like it was burning hot. He didn’t know if it was still alive, but he wasn’t waiting to find out! ‘The spiderbee can’t harm you now,’ said a smooth, calm voice. ‘It’s dead – just like all the others.’ Kip whipped around. In front of
asleep for a second. Was he brainwashed already? I’ve got to test him! Kip thought. Finbar said earlier that brainwashed people are easy to order around. ‘Finbar, I want you to purr like a cat,’ Kip said, trying to keep his voice steady. Finbar really hated cats. But instantly, Finbar started purring loudly. He even rubbed his paws on his head, like a cat cleaning its ears! He really is hypnotised, Kip thought miserably. Although… For a second, Kip thought Finbar had winked at him. But
very centre of the field that was hidden behind the tall flowers in the field. It looked like the shimmering silver structure Kip had glimpsed when they first landed on Botanicus-1. He had no idea what the building was or what would be inside. But he desperately hoped it would help him unlock the flowers’ secrets and figure out how to get Zara and Finbar home. CHAPTER 8 Kip, Zara and Finbar were standing in a clearing in the middle of the field. There were only a few flowers nearby. In
full, Zara led them into the shimmering building. Kip touched the side of the building. Up close, he saw it was made of billions of criss-crossing threads. It felt sticky, like the silk that was spun by insects. They stepped inside the building through an arched doorway. Inside, Kip saw an almost endless stretch of silvery green soil. Growing in perfect rows were more flowers the size of seedlings. ‘This is the greenhouse,’ Zara beamed. She guided them toward the nearest flower. Carefully,