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by Mark Fearing, Tim Rummel

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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


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 threat ening to expel any Earthlings (into outer space) and only Gort's hacked Blip computer to help them determine Earth's co-ordinates, will Bud ever find his way home?

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" The bright colors, bold strokes, and fun dialogue will appeal to budding fans of science fiction- Booklist"

This graphic novel takes the school story into outer space with humor, a bit of action, and a cast of unusual characters. ... Fans of UFOs and aliens will enjoy this one." - School Library Journal"

Sure to capture students' imagination" - Library Media Connection"

Great for reluctant readers, comic book lovers and those that just like a good space adventure" - Education.com"

Fearing's sketchy, cartoony art is ideal for the story and keeps the action easy to follow. " - Publishers Weekly"

An exhilarating hoot." The New York Times

VOYA - Etienne Vallee
Bud and his father have just moved to the Von Lunar Radio Telescope Lab in the New Mexico desert. On the first morning, Bud boards the school bus but realizes too late that he is on the wrong one—he is heading to Cosmos Academy, the best school in the entire galaxy. On the bus he meets Gort, who mistakes him for one of the elusive Tenarians. Gort shares with Bud that he is glad Bud is not an Earthling because Earthlings are the most feared and hated people in the universe. Principal Lepton especially loathes Earthlings due to his brother being kidnapped back on Earth years ago. Bud and Gort, who soon discovers Bud's secret, must devise a plan to escape from the academy and return to Earth before becoming Lepton's next victim. With beautiful illustrations, Fearing does an excellent job of representing a diverse alien population while providing expressive and engaging characters. The images are sharp and colorful. Although the book is aimed at upper elementary and middle school students, graphic novel fans of all ages will enjoy this fusion-powered story of a lovable character. Reviewer: Etienne Vallee
VOYA - Chelse Proulx
Earthling! is one of the cutest and funniest books this reviewer has read in a while. A boy named Bud is starting off at a new school. He notices he took the wrong bus when he sees an alien. He strikes a conversation with Gort, the alien. Gort tells Bud that they are going to Cosmos Academy. Gort is forced to lie and keep Bud a secret because they are not allowed to talk to Earthlings. They must find a way to get Bud back home before his true identity is discovered. What follows is a mad caper through the school and the galaxy as Bud stays one step ahead of the principal. People who love comic books will enjoy this graphic novel. Reviewer: Chelse Proulx, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Karen McCoy
Bud has always talked deep space with his dad at the Von Lunar Radio Telescope lab. But he never thought he would actually be transported there on a bus, and whisked across the universe toward Cosmos Academy. On the way, he meets Gort, an alien classmate who tells him that Earth is the most feared planet in the galaxy—which is why Bud needs to pretend that he is a Tenarian exchange student. Cosmos Academy is run by an administration of Lanthornoids, headed by Principal Lepton, who holds a grudge his against Earthlings because his brother was captured by them years back. As a result, any Earthlings caught in school will either be expelled or suspended (in actual suspension containers). Since Tenarians are supposed to be experts in zero gravity, Bud needs to make sure he is extra good at Zero-Ball to maintain his cover—even though he is not good at sports. But as much as he likes Gort, and his other new-found friends at Cosmos Academy, Bud misses his dad and wants to return to Earth. He and Gort come up a plan—but will they succeed without getting caught by Principal Lepton or the administration? Fearing uses his experience with creating animated short films to create a romping set of illustrations to appeal to young readers (especially boys). The plot and storyline are layered, and might be a bit complex for this age group—especially at such a large page count—but the constant action makes up for it. Reviewer: Karen McCoy
Kirkus Reviews
After catching the wrong bus, young Bud finds himself at a school that's out of this world—literally.On what is to be his first day at his new school, Bud accidentally finds himself on a spaceship school bus on the way to the Cosmos Academy, where Earthlings are the most feared creatures in the galaxy. He is quickly befriended by lovable green alien computer geek Gort McGortGort. At the Academy, it is quickly apparent that the current administration is up to no good. They are suspicious of Bud, who is being passed off as a Tenarian, an alien race that excels at ZeroBall. Bud, desperate to get home, and Gort devise a plan to hitch a ride back to Earth by winning the ZeroBall tournament, a near-impossible feat. The classic underdogs must fight their way against bullies both young and old—a well-trod storyline. Fearing adds appealing touches, such as the Transchip, a nod to Douglas Adams' Babel Fish, which makes all languages understandable, or the Blip, a handheld computer that's "a map, runs homework modules...has video chat, staff directory..." Couple this with vibrant cartoon art and a surprise happy ending for an easy, feel-good read. A fun, intergalactic buddy story that may not reinvent the wheel—or the UFO—but works well here, nonetheless. (Graphic science fiction. 9-12)

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Chronicle Books LLC
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6.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Fearing is an award-winning illustrator, cartoonist and animator. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and a cat.

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Earthling 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was just one of the types of book that gets me going i mean a boy trying to get home perfect it was amazing i loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this! Jow i do not need to check it out from the library anymore!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silly you can read it over and over
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is Stel a girl?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book and i mean AWSOMEooaaaaaaaaa!!!!! I got on the rong bus and now an alien is trying to talk to me!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I red the book brfor but my nook wiped the memory
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a Book