Earthling! by Mark Fearing

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Every kid worries about making friends at a new school, but when nine-year-old Bud accidentally catches the wrong bus and finds himself launched into deep space, new friends are the least of his problems! At Cosmos Academy, Bud learns that Earthlings are the most feared creatures in the galaxy, and even Earth's location has been hidden! With the help of his new friend, Gort, Bud goes undercover as a Tenarian exchange student. Unfortunately that means everyone thinks he's a pro at anti-gravity Zero-Ball (even though he's really only a pro at watching sports). And with paranoid Principal Lepton threatening to expel any Earthlings (into outer space) and only Gort's hacked Blip computer to help them deter mine Earth's co-ordinates, will Bud ever find his way home?


About Mark Fearing

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Mark Fearing is an award-winning illustrator, cartoonist and animator. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and a cat.
Published June 8, 2012 by Chronicle Books LLC. 248 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After catching the wrong bus, young Bud finds himself at a school that’s out of this world—literally.

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The New York Times

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Two novels allude to the feelings of alienation among middle-school boys.

Aug 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Earthling!

Publishers Weekly

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In this lighthearted SF tale, nine-year-old Bud moves to a new home with his father and is about to start his first day at a new school.

Mar 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Earthling!

The Bookbag

I liked the way the circle was closed by the end (which is not me giving anything away, rest assured), the target reader will like watching the sports and Bud befriend all the different-coloured aliens around him.

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City Book Review

The main characters are Bud the Earthling, his friend Gort, and Gort’s friends Stel, Haz, and Wainbert.

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Common Sense Media

Bud and his new friends must win an anti-gravity Zero Ball tournament and stay ahead of the suspicious principal if Bud ever hopes to find his way home.

Jun 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Earthling!

We Love This Book

When Bud finds himself light years from home, in a school peopled by aliens who all hate Earth and Earthlings, he has to pretend to be a different species altogether – one which is famous for its sporting prowess.

Feb 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Earthling!

Starburst Magazine

Bud and Gort start to hatch a plan to get Bud back to Earth safely but it will mean that Bud has to get good at zero-ball (kind of a reverse basketball in anti-gravity by the way) in order to hijack a trip to a tournament.

Jan 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Earthling!

Project MUSE

As it turns out, however, the "best school in the galaxy" functions pretty much like any other middle school, and as long as Bud keeps his origins under wraps by pretending to be a benevolent Tenarian, instead of a hated Earthling, he should be able to avoid trouble until he can get home.

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