The Challengers

The Challengers

By Greg R. Fishbone; Ethen Beavers (Illustrator)

Tu Books, Hardcover, 9781600606601, 347pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2013

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.

About the Author
GREG R. FISHBONE serves as Assistant Regional Coordinator for the three New England chapters of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). His hometown of Boston shaped his love of sports, history, and clam chowder. Fishbone also developed a healthy obsession with science fiction and fantasy stories. Between (and often during) classes, he doodled spaceships and plotted out his own early efforts at writing.

After college, Fishbone attended law school in three countries, including Japan. He considered staying there until he learned that the Japanese term for "foreign attorney working in Japan," could also mean "outhouse." This made for many awkward conversations including the line, "I am studying hard and hope to become an outhouse someday."

Practicing law by day and writing by night, Fishbone still hopes to become an outhouse someday. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.

Ethen Beaver is a professional comic book artist from Modesto, California. His best-known works for DC Comics include Justice League Unlimited and Legion of Superheroes in the 31st Century. He has also illustrated for other top publishers, including Marvel, Dark Horse, and Abrams.