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Galaxy Games: The Challengers Hardcover – September, 2011
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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
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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.
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!
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.
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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Eleven is a big year. It's all downhill after that.
Tyler's dad spends his days studying the stars, so when Tyler"s aunt and uncle have a star named Ty Sato after him he... Read more
My eleven-year-old son is a very picky reader. He finds many books "boring" or "just okay." But he thought Galaxy Games was great. Read morePublished on December 10, 2011 by Debra Garfinkle