Training Master

Training Master

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by Mark Crilley
     
 

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When Akiko’s Smoovian friends, Poog, Mr. Beeba, Gax, and Spuckler Boach, swing by to pick her up in an astroshuttle, she’s feeling bored with her “normal” life and more than ready to go—anywhere. What she doesn’t know is that King Froptoppit has enrolled them all in the Intergalactic Space Patrollers Training Camp on Zarga Baffa.… See more details below

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When Akiko’s Smoovian friends, Poog, Mr. Beeba, Gax, and Spuckler Boach, swing by to pick her up in an astroshuttle, she’s feeling bored with her “normal” life and more than ready to go—anywhere. What she doesn’t know is that King Froptoppit has enrolled them all in the Intergalactic Space Patrollers Training Camp on Zarga Baffa. Every planet in the universe relies on patrollers for protection, but no one from Smoo has ever graduated. Akiko and her crew are the planet’s last hope.

After a freak accident at nearby Virpling Canyon, Akiko’s crew faces the ultimate final exam. Will Akiko go home, leaving the rescuing to others? Or will she stay and risk everything?


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Akiko, now in fifth grade, is more ready than ever to trade places with her robot look-alike and zoom into space. This time, the girl and her alien friends are headed for the Intergalactic Space Patrollers Training Camp on Zarga Baffa. Can Akiko withstand the gross food, the physical and mental tests, and her training master's rough treatment? She starts to fail miserably and wonders if she should "cry blue" and leave the program. However, as her pal Spuckler says, she's "a fighter, not a quitter." When an accident puts the training masters' lives in danger, she is the one student willing to break the rules to rescue them. There is humor as well as action in this lively confection; Akiko struggles to earn Ds (for distinguished) and Fs (for first-rate). She consults a Yoda-like mentor who gives her a mysterious container and urges her to "Draw upon the power within" to open it-then reveals that it is a jar of jelly with a stubborn lid. Akiko's confusion as she faces the often-wacky unknowns of intergalactic society will resonate with kids trying to figure out what's going on around them here on Earth. This lighthearted series began as an indie comic, and the book's roots show in the anime-influenced art, derring-do adventures, and Akiko's indomitable spirit.-Carolyn Lehman, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307510877
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/06/2009
Series:
Akiko
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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