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Complemented by Beavers's comic book style artwork, Fishbone's narrative is ripe with kid-friendly humor--i.e., Earth's radio and TV transmissions are picked up by the toilets on the Mrendarian ship--and many of the plot twists could be straight from the 'what if' imaginings of a fourth-grade classroom. Though Fishbone clearly sets up the next book, he gives Tyler enough of a victory to leave readers satisfied. --Publishers Weekly

Galaxy Games: The Challengers was such a fun read. I had a great time taking turns between laughing and sitting on the edge of my seat. I loved it. --James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner

Tyler is in over his head. M'Frozza is in over her face tentacles. We're mere hours away from the most important event in human history, so why on Earth are the spaceship s toilets making such a horrible noise? For the love of freen! Grab your navigation beacons and prepare for the gaming arena! With a motley cast of likable yet unlikely heroes, Greg R. Fishbone s Galaxy Games is laugh-out-loud funny, an intergalactic adventure sure to tickle your cartilage encasement. --Mark Peter Hughes, author of A Crack in the Sky

About the Author

Greg R. Fishbone serves as Assistant Regional Coordinator for the three New England chapters of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In addition to the Galaxy Games series, he is also the author of the novel, The Penguins of Doom. Greg attended law school in three countries, including Japan. He considered staying until he learned that the Japanese term for "foreign attorney working in Japan" could also mean "outhouse." This made for many awkward conversations that included the line, "I am studying hard and hope to become an outhouse someday." Practicing law by day and writing by night, Greg still sometimes thinks about moving to Tokyo to become an outhouse.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Galaxy Games (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books; 1 edition (September 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600606601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600606601
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By askmonkey on September 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a totally cute, totally funny book. I actually laughed out loud several times and shared it with my husband. I absolutely LOVED the ending. We're not actually told what sport is played in the Galaxy Games until the end of the book--and the surprise is hilariously worth it!! Too funny and just my sort of humor. I also really enjoyed the cover of the book and the great illustrations throughout. (Well to be honest I wished there were even more illustrations and wished the whole thing could've been a graphic novel, but a delightfully hilarious novel is good too. :

While I'm not a kid, I can't help but think that this would be a good choice for any kid (girl or boy) who likes sports, comic books, and/or video games. And even for those who just like wacky space books.
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In Galaxy Games (Book One: The Challengers), author Greg R. Fishbone takes us on an ambitious and enjoyable ride through the universe. You'll have to hold onto your seat as this story whisks you from the home of 11-year-old Tyler Sato in Platte Bluff, Nevada, to his cousin's home in Tokyo, Japan, and on out into the middle solar system, home of M'Frozza of Mrendaria.
Even as the world discovers that a star named in his honor is actually a space ship hurtling towards Earth to recruit him as a player in the Galaxy Games, Ty Sato continues to face everyday life challenges such as sharing a bathroom with his obnoxious older sister and dealing with a best friend who's not talking to him. These universal themes, along with the overall message of the benefits of a world without boundaries, kept this (usually) sci-fi phobic reader hooked.
Although the scenery changes quickly, characters are introduced with enough richness that it is easy to keep them straight, and clear chapter headings (and clever use of fonts) will help younger readers move from one setting to another with ease. There are several laugh-out-loud moments no matter where you are in the galaxy.
Xenophiles will love how Japanese culture is interwoven masterfully into this intergalactic tale. Words from different languages (Japanese, Mrendarian, and others!) are introduced in rich context so they are easily understood without the story ever feeling pedantic. As a fantastic resource, the book includes author notes on Japanese culture and language, and a fun to read glossary.
Galaxy Games is well suited for middle grade readers, but my son and I also enjoyed reading and laughing out loud together. If you are looking for a fun book that your Sci-Fi, Judo kicking, video-game loving child might enjoy, look no further. You'll be glad there is more to come in this series!
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For his 11th birthday, Ty Sato's Japanese's relatives named a star after him. Ty's father an astronomer, takes Ty and his friends to the observatory to see his star. Soon it becomes clear that Ty's star is something else but no one knows what. As Ty Sato moves closer to earth at a very fast speed everyone begins to panic. Ty doesn't like all the attention from his name sake.

The chapters alternate between Ty Sato in Nevada, his cousin Daiki in Japan and an alien girl named M'frozza. Ty Sato is a silver spaceship from M'Frozza planet, Mrendaria. M'Frozza is desperate to protect the honor of the Mrendarians in the galaxy games and she needs help from the primitive planet of earth. The galaxy games are universally accepted competition amongst kids to settle all conflicts. Ty Sato is unknowingly becomes a part of the galaxy games.

Fishbone created great characters with excellent dialogue and chapter transitions. The three main characters - Ty, Daiki and M'Frozza are all well delevoped and likeable. There are a few illustrations sprinkled throughout the novel. Galaxy Games was a lot of fun and very well done. An excellent choice for reluctant readers.
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The opening book of the Galaxy Games trilogy finds 11-year-old Tyler Sato at the center of a crisis neither he nor the world expected: a star named after him has turned out not to be a star but an object heading for Earth. The object proves to be a starship bearing some startling news: Earth has declared a challenge against an alien world, one that can only be resolved through a game. Tyler is drafted to lead an international group of young athletes in a contest where he has to learn the rules as he goes along, and hope somehow he doesn't ruin Earth's first contact with the stars.

Greg Fishbone has long displayed a gift for blending likeable characters, just-this-side-of-ludicrous situations, fast-paced action, and humor that both kids and adults will enjoy. (Hey, I was grinning and sometimes laughing out loud, and there wasn't a middle schooler anywhere around.) I was reminded of both the fun adventure feel of the Lucky Starr books I enjoyed as a kid and the character-driven humor of the Discworld books, though the story itself is derivative of neither. I'm definitely looking forward to the next volume.
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