by Greg R. Fishbone
Tu Books/Lee & Low Books
Synopsis (from Greg's Website)
Things are looking up for Tyler Sato (literally!) as he and his friends scan the night sky for a star named for him by his Tokyo cousins in honor of his eleventh birthday. Ordinary stars tend to stay in one place, but Ty’s seems to be streaking directly toward Earth at an alarming rate. Soon the whole world is talking about TY SATO, the doomsday asteroid, and life is turned upside down for Ty Sato, the boy, who would rather be playing hoops in his best friend’s driveway.
Meanwhile, aboard a silver spaceship heading for Earth, M’Frozza, a girl with three eyes and five nose holes, is on a secret mission. M’Frozza is the captain of planet Mrendaria’s Galaxy Games team, and she is desperate to save her world from a dishonorable performance in the biggest sporting event in the universe.
What will happen when Ty meets M’Frozza? Get ready for the most important event in human history—it’s off the backboard, around the rim, and out of this world!
Galaxy Games is a fun, fast read - full of action and snappy humor that made me chuckle out loud more than once. It would definitely appeal to fans of the Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, but easily entertain a slightly older audience as well. This is a particularly important addition to the middle grade science fiction genre since the main characters are Japanese - Kudos to diversity in literature!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Violence: Very Mild