Sunday, October 2, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: GALAXY GAMES: THE CHALLENGERS by Greg Fishbone

Tyler Sato’s eleventh birthday party starts out as a disaster when a clown shows up, embarrassing him in front of his friends. Things take a turn for the better when Tyler’s Japanese cousins in Tokyo name a star, TY SATO, after him in honor of his birthday. When he takes his friends to the observatory, Tyler finds his star moving toward earth at an alarming rate.

At first TY SATO is mistaken for an asteroid, causing panic around the world. When it moves closer to earth, Tyler discovers it is really a spaceship sent on a mission. The girl alien, M’Frozza, captain of her planet Mrendaria’s Galaxy Games, has come to earth to save her world from competing in the Galaxy Games. 

M’Frozza believes Ty is the best kid athlete on earth and drafts him to create a team to compete in the Galaxy Games. Ty must choose the best kid athletes from around the world to help him win the contest.

The story takes place in different locations which makes it confusing at first. Once the locations and characters are established, it was easier to go in between scenes. I think the reader will navigate the scene changes with interest. Galaxy Games, The Challengers by Greg R. Fishbone is a fun read with a prevailing theme of accepting each other without boundaries. There were a few laugh out loud moments. The games were really fun, though I wish they would have come earlier in the novel, but once they came, it was hard to put the book down. The male protagonist makes this the perfect science fiction novel for boys ages 8-11. Strong female characters also appeal to girls as well. Rating: Good.

  • Series: Galaxy Games
  • Title: The Challengers
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-60060-660-1
  • Author: Greg R. Fishbone
  • Illustrator: Ethen Beavers
  • Scheduled Release Date: September 2011
  • Publisher: Tu Books / Lee & Low Books
  • Ages: 9-12

As part of the Galaxy Games book tour, I am giving away my review copy. To enter: Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. My book giveaway ends Oct. 9 at 11 p.m. MST.

I will also be posting a fabulous author interview on Oct. 9, the day of my tour stop.

Disclosure:  I received the Galaxy Games book at no charge from the publisher for the purpose of this review and giveaway. It in no way influenced my opinion of the book. I was not asked to give a positive review in exchange for the book.


Bidchka said...

My son would LOVE this.

corey1971 said...

My son is 8 and loves anything space oriented (either fiction or non-fiction)

Prissy Chrissy said...

sounds quite out there...would like to see what both my nephews think of this one if I can get them to read it! :P

Ingvild said...

Sounds like an awesome book!! You're the best!!

Holly S. said...

I have a son who is a voracious reader. I can't afford to keep him in books so we hit the library for 5 books every week. And usually by the end of the week he is done and re-reading something of his. This sounds right up his alley. Thanks for the giveaway!

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