Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly:
“Galaxy Games: The Challengers”
By Greg R. Fishbone
Lee & Low Books, 2011
When Tyler Sato turns 11, his cousins in Tokyo have a star named after him, but it soon becomes clear that TY SATO is no ordinary star. First, it doesn’t stay in the same place like ordinary stars do. Second, it seems to be on a collision course headed straight toward Earth.
The whole of humankind believes it’s an asteroid with the potential to bring on its extinction. However, it’s really a spaceship headed up by M’Fozza, a girl alien from the planet Mrendaria.
M’Fozza is headed for Earth to save the world from a dishonorable performance in the Galaxy Games, the biggest sporting event in the universe.
Tyler is designated to be captain of Earth’s team and works with M’Fozza to compile a team of human children to compete. The team consists of many young, talented athletes like a Chinese gymnast training for the Olympics, a Mexican wrestler, soccer players from Brazil and Germany, and a Japanese judo champion. These kids have to figure out how to defeat a team of Ossmendians, rocklike aliens who are challenging the Earthlings.
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