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Emperor of the Universe



by
David Lubar

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Tor/Starscape
ISBN
9781250189233
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When seventh grader Nicholas V. Landrew, his beloved pet gerbil Henrietta, and a package of ground beef are beamed aboard an alien space ship, they soon find themselves on the run in a madcap chase across the universe.

All Nicholas wants to do is get back home before his parents find out and ground him forever, but with the Universal Police hot on his trail, that won’t be easy. Before it’s all over, Henrietta will find herself safely ensconced back in her cage, Nicholas will be crowned Emperor of the Universe, and something even more surprising will happen to the package of ground beef.

Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

7 2/3" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.5: points 9

Lexile

810L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

14

JLG Release

Oct 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Space travel. Spaceships. Extraterrestrial beings. Hamsters. Friendship. Humorous stories. Science fiction.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

On the day that 12-year-old Nicholas V. Landrew gets a two-week suspension for bringing a toy lightsaber to school, a teleportation portal opens up in his gerbil Henrietta’s cage, transporting him, Henrietta, and a newly self-aware package of hamburger meat named Jeef into outer space. This madcap journey, an homage to Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, features all the random probability, unlikely heroes, and intergalactic viral videos that readers could want. Lubar’s quick-moving satire skewers consumerism, war, and Internet culture, while still centering Nicholas’s experience as he realizes that the universe is much larger than he ever imagined. Fans of Dav Pilkey, Jon Scieszka, and Tom Angleberger will race to read this smart and silly space adventure.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

On the day that 12-year-old Nicholas V. Landrew gets a two-week suspension for bringing a toy lightsaber to school, a teleportation portal opens up in his gerbil Henrietta’s cage, transporting him, Henrietta, and a newly self-aware package of hamburger meat named Jeef into outer space. This madcap journey, an homage to Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, features all the random probability, unlikely heroes, and intergalactic viral videos that readers could want. Lubar’s quick-moving satire skewers consumerism, war, and Internet culture, while still centering Nicholas’s experience as he realizes that the universe is much larger than he ever imagined. Fans of Dav Pilkey, Jon Scieszka, and Tom Angleberger will race to read this smart and silly space adventure.

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