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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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5.8 X 8.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

William Alexander won the National Book Award for his debut novel, Goblin Secrets, and won the Earphones Award for his narration of the audiobook. His other novels include A Festival of Ghosts, A Properly Unhaunted Place, Ghoulish Song, Nomad, and Ambassador. William studied theater and folklore at Oberlin College, English at the University of Vermont, and creative writing at the Clarion workshop. He teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Like the protagonist of Nomad and Ambassador, William is the son of a Latino immigrant to the US. Visit him online at and, and on Twitter via @WillieAlex.


"National Book Award-winning Alexander ( Goblin Secrets, 2012) injects meaningful depth into an exciting sci-fi adventure, perceptively exploring what it means to be alien."--Booklist
"An engaging and smart allegory about the hurt and strangeness of the modern immigrant condition."--Hector Tobar "The New York Times "
*"An interstellar embassy, alien assassins, galactic mass extinctions: These are Gabe's small problems...Physics lovers will enjoy this clever series opener--but so will those who enjoy comedy, politics, diplomacy or strange-looking aliens."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Galactic Dr. Who shenanigans."--Publishers Weekly
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. It's a meaty and entertaining novel with an open-ended conclusion offering lots of room for discussion.--Horn Book