Earthling by Mark Fearing, Tim Rummel


Written by Mark Fearing, Tim Rummel
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Earthling by Mark Fearing, Tim Rummel

Every kid worries about making friends at a new school, but when nine-year-old Bud accidentally catches the wrong bus on his first day and finds himself launched into a far-away galaxy, making friends is the least of his problems! Arriving at Cosmos Academy, deep in outer space, Bud soon learns from Principal Lepton that Earthlings are the most feared and hated creatures in the galaxy. With the help of his new friend, Gort, Bud hides his true identity and tries to fit in by going undercover as an exchange student whose Uncle Spock can't take care of him while his dad works at the X-wing factory, and learning to play high-stakes anti-gravity ZeroBall (even though he's only ever been good at watching sports). But with paranoid Principal Lepton threatening to expel (into outer space) any Earthlings, and nothing more than Gort's hacked Blip-computer to help them determine Earth's coordinates, will Bud ever find his way home? Both gripping and hilarious, this dynamic graphic novel is perfect for kids who crave adventure with a sense of humor.


The bright colors, bold strokes, and fun dialogue will appeal to budding fans of science fiction- Booklist An exhilarating hoot. The New York Times Fearing's sketchy, cartoony art is ideal for the story and keeps the action easy to follow.

- Library Media Connection 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

About the Author

MARK FEARING (coauthor and illustrator) is an award-winning illustrator, cartoonist, and animator. He lives in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A with his wife, daughter, two dogs, a cat, and a need to vacuum constantly.TIM RUMMEL (coauthor) has worked as a writer-producer for video games and animation (including Julius and Friends, a Web series based on the characters by Paul Frank).

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Chronicle Books

Publication date

1st February 2012



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