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3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  795 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
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, Gor ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published June 20th 2012 by Chronicle Books (first published June 8th 2012)
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Gabriel Knebel
Feb 19, 2016 Gabriel Knebel rated it really liked it
This book was a pretty good book because it's full of crazy alien tech and aliens, both being things I like. It's about this kid who misses his bus, but a space bus has crashed nearby, so he gets on the bus, thinking it's his. Turns out this bus goes to an alien school, where humans are deemed evil and are feared. Bud, the protagonist, is able to get by by pretending he's a special type of alien (I forget the name) who simply looks exactly like a human. If sci-fi interests you, you will love thi ...more
Feb 09, 2014 ME rated it really liked it
Earthling is a chapter book and a fanciful Graphic Novel about a boy named Bud. It is Bud’s first day in his new school in New Mexico. But, he misses the bus to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Instead, Bud gets on the intergalactic bus to the Cosmos Academy. He befriends Gort who tells him that Earth is the most feared planet in the Galaxy. Gort helps hide the fact that Bud is an Earthling and tells everyone that Bud is a Tenarian exchange student. The book tells of how Gort helps Bud get bac ...more
Melissa Posten
Sep 13, 2012 Melissa Posten rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
I loved this. Not only is it much-needed early middle-grade scifi, but it's really good! And it has substance too--good family dynamics; lots of sticky school social situations; a confusingly awesome alien school sport. Looking forward to more from Fearing.
Jul 09, 2014 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a Mickey Mouse book for my children. My 4 year old son grabbed this off the shelf because it had "alien zombies". Looking at the front cover I have a tendency to agree. Knowing it wasn't really made for him, I got it anyway because I didn't want the fight. Pick your battles. A few days later I read the first few pages to him at night and I was hooked. It's nothing radically groundbreaking, but it was a simple story told well. It's also reminiscent of the Last Starfighter, a fav ...more
Sean Fowler
Oct 04, 2014 Sean Fowler rated it it was amazing
This was a fun book for me to read as an adult. I can only imagine what it is like for a kid in the 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. That is who I think it would be best suited for. Even if I did not want to read, just flipping through the book and looking at the pictures would be enjoyable too.
We all imagined having make believe adventures as a kid and this book relates to young kids who have that kind of imagination. I like how the book starts off with a kid scared to go to a new school on the first da
Becky B
Bud has just moved to Arizona with his scientist father. He's waiting for the school bus the first day...and manages to get on the wrong one. He finds himself headed not to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School but to Cosmos Academy with other aliens from all over the galaxy. So this could be extremely cool, except that the aliens running the school are all convinced Earthlings are pure evil and area planning to wipe out the rest of the universe. Bud has to go undercover quickly as a Tenarian exchan ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 27, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
Bud is not happy that he has to move with his scientist father out into the desert, but he doesn't have much time to worry about it. The first time he tries to catch the school bus, he is instead picked up by an intergalactic transport to Cosmos Acadamy. Luckily, he meets the friend Gort who assumes he is a Tenerian exchange student, which is good, because Earthlings are feared and hated. Bud settles into school and life with Bud's family, but there are quite a few wrinkles. Tenarian's are great ...more
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Brenda Lower
Mar 19, 2013 Brenda Lower rated it really liked it
When Bud moves out to the New Mexico desert with his scientist father, he feels like he is moving to the middle of nowhere. No friends, nothing ordinary, and most of all, a new school he has to attend. And of course, on his first day, he's almost late for the bus! Luckily, he catches it just in time.

But did he really catch the right bus? Instead of being full of kids, the bus is loaded with aliens! The bus is really a spaceship picking up all the alien kids from random planets for Cosmos Academy
Mar 02, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
When Bud's father moves the family to New Mexico for his new job at an outpost responsible for searching for signs of extraterrestrial communication, Bud is anxious about the first day of school as most transfer students would be. His anxieties turn out to be well-founded since he somehow catches the wrong bus and ends up at Cosmos Academy. A friendly alien named Gort comes up with a plan for him to pose as an exchange student from another planet where anti-gravity ZeroBall is popular. Bud deals ...more
May 07, 2013 M. rated it really liked it

9-year old Bud accidentally gets on the wrong bus for his new school in New Mexico and ends up off-planet at the multicultural alien Cosmic Academy. Most of the students, with their huge variety of body shapes and home cultures, get along quite well together and Bud is mistaken for a friendly Tenarian exchange student. Tenarians are particularly known for their expertise at Zero-Ball (similar to basketball) so Bud quickly becomes well respected even though he's not at all sure what Zero-Ball is,
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Aug 04, 2012 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it it was amazing
Written AND Illustrated by Mark Fearing

248 pages – ages 8+

Published by Chronicle Books on June 20, 2012

Bud got on the wrong bus. Not a big deal right? Right. That is, if that bus doesn’t go into deep space to a school that is full of aliens that hate Earthlings! Bud got on that kind of bus. The kind with the aliens. He meets Gort McGortgort, another kid/an alien, who becomes his guide. Gort tells Bud that he can’t tell ANYONE he is an Earthling because Earthlings are feared and despised (apparen
Lisa Wolf
Sep 11, 2012 Lisa Wolf rated it it was amazing
Earthling was "awesome", according to my 10-year-old, and I'd have to agree. This graphic novel tells the story of average kid Bud, who moves to New Mexico with his dad and, on his first day of school, gets on the wrong school bus. Not just any bus, though -- Bud gets on a bus going to Cosmos Academy, an intergalactic school located on a huge space ship. Bud must keep his identity secret, as Earthlings are the most feared species in the universe. Posing as a Tenarian exchange student, he must fi ...more
Bud is nervous about starting at his new school and running late on the first day isn't helping ease his fears at all. Lucky for him, the bus rolls up right after he gets to the bus stop. It doesn't take long for him to realize something is strange though. All the students look really weird, robotic arms force something into his ear, and a safety bar comes down in front of him to hold him in the seat. But, when the bus launches itself into the sky, Bud really knows he's in trouble. He totally go ...more
Mar 30, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on the Lemon-Squash Book Club

When Bud catches the wrong school bus, he finds himself not heading down the road to his first day at his new elementary school, but hurtling across the galaxy on his way to Cosmos Academy. As an unwitting representative of the most feared (if least understood) species in the galaxy, Bud finds himself in need of a cover story before he even gets off the bus. Fortunately, his new friend Gort is able to pull one together. Unfortunately, said co
Aug 13, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, graphic, humor, sci-fi, guys-read
"There is only one planet so vile it has been designated off-limits by the Illithian Decrees, so untrustworthy it was never invited to join the Galactic Alliance, and so dangerous no ship dare get too close.

"When I was little, my father's ship broke down on an empty moon, near Earth. Whensome Earthlings showed up, they offered no help--instead they STOLE my brother! . . .

"Report unusual activity! Be vigilant against the enemy! Even one Earthling could destroy us all!"

That speech is the first th
Oct 19, 2015 Levi rated it really liked it
Picked this up because of the front cover. The art is this book is neat and I wasn't sure what age range this was shooting for when I started it. It's good for kids going into 4th to 7th grades I think. Some of the vocabulary is advanced, dealing with space concepts of course. Otherwise a pretty simple read.

It is fairly long, but the story is solid, and deals with issues of family, friends, bullies, fear of outsiders but never gets heavy on any of it.

I liked it a lot.
Aug 02, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
I thought this was an original, innovative story, in which the person from Earth was the feared invader. It is told in a graphic novel format, and tells the story of Bud, a boy from Earth who ends up getting on the wrong bus the first day at a new school, and ends up at a school in a different part of the universe, where Earthlings are universally feared. A compelling story about fear, power, friendship, and problem - solving.
This is a great graphic novel, with a fun, fast-moving story, plenty of memorable characters, and plenty of adventure. The full-color illustrations are engaging and entertaining and will certainly captivate upper elementary and middle grade readers. As an adult reader, I felt that the story moved perhaps too fast with more plot than substance and was a bit predictable. As a children's librarian, I think this is a great choice for reluctant readers and any sci-fi fans.
Bud is new in town and accidentally catches the wrong bus to school, which ends up taking him to Cosmos Academy! There he meets aliens from all over the universe and keeps his identity as an Earthling secret for fear of the school administration (prior to the beginning of the story the principal "lost" a brother and blames Earth making for sour relations with Bud's home planet).

The overall story reads a little like the Harry Potter series in which a boy is thrust into a strange new world where h
Feb 03, 2014 Casandria rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-chapter
I loved reading this book with my 7-year-old! Bud, 9, accidentally gets on the wrong bus as he heads to a brand new school. But this bus takes him to an Intergalactic Academy, where earthlings are feared and despised! Bud and his new friends have to try to win the anti-gravity Zero-ball tournament in order to get to the playoffs near planet Earth!
Patrice Sartor
Closer to 3.5 stars. I had written a review, but it got eaten by digital demons, or something. Years later (it's now 1/22/16), I wanted to read it again in order to write more than this non-review, but my library system no longer carries it. I recall it was brightly colored, engaging, energetic, and silly.
May 04, 2014 Megan rated it it was ok
Eh, it's okay, but graphic novels aren't my thing, and I was told it was really funny, so of course I was tainted by expectation. Probably great for 5th-6th grade boys - bullies, sports, cool technology, families -good stuff, that.
Aug 02, 2014 B rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-graphic
While waiting for the school bus to take him to his new school, Bud gets on the wrong bus taking him to Cosmos Academy, the best school in the galaxy, albeit one unfriendly to earthlings. Colorful, fun illustrations.
May 05, 2016 Melki rated it liked it
Though there was a bit too much Zero-Ball for me, this is a fairly cute tale of intergalactic friendship, and the importance of not judging those you know nothing about.
Oct 21, 2014 Valissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This was adorable and perfectly paced for the 7-9 year old crowd. I thought my kid would enjoy it, but I found myself finishing the book after putting her to bed!
Feb 02, 2014 Earl rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novel
I don’t know what I was expecting but I was very surprised to like it as much as I do. This will be a perfect recommendation for boys who want a good adventure story with plenty of heart and plenty of humor!
Paul  Hankins
This one reads a little closer to comic book than graphic novel, and I kind of like this retro feel, bringing older readers (like me) back to this feeling of prose in panels that gave way to the graphic novels we celebrate for younger readers today.

This is a classic fish out of water story with a young boy who finds himself on an alien ship that doubles as an academy. While trying to find his way around the school and the alien students he encounters, Bud finds that HE is the alien. And he may b
Bud's first day at his new school is out-of-this-world! Literally. He got on the wrong bus and ended up at Cosmos Academy: "the best in the galaxy!" To make matters worse, the school is run by an alien species that hates humans. Bud pretends he is not human which proves more difficult than he thought it would. Despite the galactic nature of the school, Bud still has to deal with typical school stuff: bullies, teachers, principals, competitive sports, etc... Somehow he gets tangled up in a plot t ...more
Mar 10, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
A creative and clever getting snatched by aliens graphic novel. I loved the Star Wars references.
I think the students will love this book.
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Mark Fearing is the author-illustrator of the graphic novel Earthling! and has illustrated several award-winning picture books. The inspiration for The Great Thanksgiving Escape, the first picture book he has both written and illustrated, were memories of the unexpected, unplanned events at family gatherings-"the fun that was discovered, not mandated." Mark Fearing lives in Oregon.
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