Announcing the first book in the new Star Striker series . . .
Albert Kinney, a 13-year-old soccer player, assumes the worst when he is abducted by aliens from planet Zeeno. So, he’s shocked when the Zeenods recruit him to play their solar system’s version of soccer, called johka, and ask him to compete in an Olympics-level interplanetary tournament. Yet just as he is introduced to the high-tech gear and the dangerous eruptions of strange liquid that occur during play on the johka field, he faces a series of direct threats to his life. Does someone have a mysterious vendetta against Albert? Or does their first opponent, the ruthless team from Planet Tev, want to guarantee that they win? It’s even worse. As Albert grows to love the Zeenods, he learns that the aggressive Tevs want to wipe out the entire Zeeno culture and gain complete control over the remarkable planet.
To survive the ordinary social and emotional challenges of middle-school life as well as the extraordinary physical challenges of a johka competition would be hard enough, but Albert wants much more than that. He wants to help return Zeeno to the Zeenods before it’s too late. Action-packed, yet filled with humor and heart, Star Striker is the first in a series exploring the transforming and luminous power that occurs when individuals from vastly different worlds learn how to truly unite.
“Readers will instantly connect with Albert and his struggles at home, school, and with the sport he loves.”—Kirkus Reviews
Best for ages 8-12.