by Mark Fearing
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 2012
graphic novel. 244 pages.
Bud's first day at his new school is out-of-this-world! Literally. He got on the wrong bus and ended up at Cosmos Academy: "the best in the galaxy!" To make matters worse, the school is run by an alien species that hates humans. Bud pretends he is not human which proves more difficult than he thought it would. Despite the galactic nature of the school, Bud still has to deal with typical school stuff: bullies, teachers, principals, competitive sports, etc... Somehow he gets tangled up in a plot to invade Earth and realizes he is the only one that can save his home planet. Earthling! is an entertaining and fast-paced read for 4th graders on up.