Gabe Fuentes expects to spend his summer the way he usually does: helping with his toddler siblings; taking care of his pet iguana, fox, and parrot; and building model rockets with his best friend. But his plans change drastically when a purple creature known as the Envoy invites Gabe to become Earth’s Ambassador to the Galaxy. He learns about alien communication, is targeted by alien assassination attempts, and discovers that a destructive alien force is headed toward Earth. Then things get more complicated when he finds out that his undocumented parents are in danger of deportation.
Can Gabe survive long enough to solve two sets of alien problems? He runs for his life, through Minneapolis and Outer Space, in an otherworldly adventure from National Book Award winner William Alexander.
“No sooner has Gabe begun his ambassadorial duties than real life intrudes in all its ugliness….The turn to the devastatingly serious, handled with grace and empathy, may hit some readers like a sucker punch after the humorous opening, despite its foreshadowing. Even though his family has troubles, Gabe can’t ignore his extraterrestrial obligations, if only because somebody from space is trying to kill him.”
“Alexander creates in Gabe a character who remains tremendously likable while exhibiting courage, diplomacy, and invention in trying to take care of his family, himself, and his planet all at once.”
“Alexander injects meaningful depth into an exciting sci-fi adventure, perceptively exploring what it means to be alien while avoiding a heavy-handed message.”
“Galactic Dr. Who shenanigans”
“In the short time William Alexander has had books out, I have become a huge fan of his writing. He can’t write a bad sentence and he has a way with oddball characters that he makes come alive. He has done it again, this time in a pure science fiction novel for middle grade readers that has as its main character a human boy—Gabe Fuentes–who is imaginative, sweet, and courageous in all the right ways without being a bit saccharine or off-putting, and is most likely going to save planet earth from destruction. I think we’d be in much better hands if we had a senate full of youngsters like Gabe and his smart, sassy sister Lupe as our senators and reps than the ones we have in there now. I can’t wait for Book Number 2!”
– Jane Yolen
, acclaimed author of the Pit Dragon Chronicles
and hundreds of other books