During the night, a tiny creature had crawled out of Tyler Sato’s right ear—or so the fat, inch-long footprints across his pillow seemed to indicate. Tyler traced the path with his finger across the bedsheet to the wall. From there the prints zigged and zagged through a field of NFL football cards like a running back heading for the end zone. The creature had tagged each member of Tyler’s fantasy football team with a pastel-colored sticky notes written in tiny print:

“You like this guy? Really? This guy?”

“Your quarterback has a rubber arm!”

“Tsk-tsk. Rookie mistake, picking this one.”

“Didn’t this guy tear his ACL in week two?”

“Hey! Why no Japanese-American football players?”

At the top of the wall, the footprints trailed across the ceiling as if they were telling gravity to take a number and wait for service. Little steps skipped around Tyler’s light fixture, then dashed toward the bedroom door. As far as Tyler could tell, the footprint maker had escaped the room through an impossibly thin crack between the door frame and the top of the door.

Excerpt copyright © 2011 Greg Fishbone

About the book:

In this hilarious middle-grade romp through space, eleven-year-old Tyler Sato leads a team of kids representing all of Earth in a sports tournament against alien kids from across the galaxy.

What people are saying:

“Every alien-obsessed kid’s dream come true!”–Publishers Weekly

“It truly embodies that it’s all of Earth meeting space aliens.”–Blog Review

“Laugh-out-loud funny!”–Mark Peter Hughes, author of Lemonade Mouth

“I loved it.”–James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner

Released: September 15, 2011

About the author:

Greg R. Fishbone is an author of galactic fiction for young readers, including the Galaxy Games series of humorous middle grade sci-fi novels from the Tu Books imprint at Lee & Low Books. Greg also serves as an Assistant Regional Advisor for the New England regions of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is a two-time NESCBWI conference co-director, and founded of the Class of 2k7 debut author group. This summer he participated in the NASA and NSF-funded Launch Pad program at the University of Wyoming, intended to provide authors with better knowledge of astronomy and theories of science literacy. Visit his website at for more information.

Blog tour:

This post is part of The Galaxy Games blog tour! For those of you playing along, here’s Puzzle Piece #4: