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The Challengers

(Galaxy Games #1)

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Galaxy Games: The Challengers by Greg Fishbone, illus. by Ethen Beavers, introduces Tyler Sato, a boy who is destined to become Earth's champion in the Galaxy Games. But first, Tyler must survive Earth's first encounter with alien life forms.
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Lee & Low Books (first published September 2011)
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Kirsten #ripcarollspinney
This was a fun (and funny) as well as a quick read.

I was laughing all the way through this book. The heroes and most of the characters are 11 year olds. Imagine a universe where all intergalactic relations are handled by games played by 11-year olds. That's right. No weapons. No wars. Just kids playing... well, I'll let you find that out.

This is also a multicultural book. You have Japanese, Japanese-American, and Shoshone characters. There's astronomy, video games, manga, etc. This is a
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Sharon Tyler
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Galaxy Games: The Challengers by Greg R. Fishbone is a children's book due for release on September 28 2011. Tyler Sato is thrilled to have finally turned eleven. Despite some serious effort from his older sister, Tyler has a great birthday which includes a star named after him from his family in Japan. When his astronomer father brings Tyler and his friends to the observatory for a pizza party and chance to chart the star, something unexpected happens. The star seems to have appeared very ...more
Doret
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Gary Olson
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Amitha
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a totally cute, totally funny book. I actually laughed out loud several times and shared it with my husband. There was a little bit in the middle where I wondered where the story was going as more characters on the team are introduced--important setup for future novels, I'm sure--but as soon as those things came together, I was back and enjoying the story. 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 ...more
Shu M
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very humorous science fiction book. The main character, Ty Sato turned 11 years old. Hid Japan family named a star after him. There were very interesting things that happened in the story that you shouldn't miss. Ty was sent to play game in order to prevent their planet to be dishonored. It's a very nice story for 4th to 5th grade children to read.
Karen Sandler
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, fun book. A wonderful diverse cast, laugh-out-loud humor and a clever plot. I'm looking forward to book 2.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Some of the funniest science fiction I've read in a while.
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Greg R. Fishbone is an author of science fiction and fantasy for young readers. His works include a debut contemporary fantasy from Blooming Tree Press, the critically acclaimed Galaxy Games series from Lee & Low Books, and an upcoming Dungeons & Dragons novel for Wizards of the Coast.

Greg has been a long-time assistant regional advisor for New England regions of the Society of Children's
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