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Children's Fiction Hockey

Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game

by (author) J. Torres

illustrated by Tim Levins

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Hockey, Humorous, Action & Adventure
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6



Canada’s favourite sport gets out-of-this world treatment in this action-packed, laugh-out-loud graphic novel!


Isaac may be the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) in his hockey video game, but after a championship game-losing accident, he’s an epic fail on actual ice.

Unfortunately, the Pods’ robot scout from Planet Galaxia doesn’t know this, and beams him up and away to be the new superstar of their terrible team—the worst in the GL (Galaxian Hockey League). Fortunately for the Pods, Isaac’s new neighbour Lily is along for the ride — and she just might be the best goalie this side of the Milky Way.

But the interstellar game isn’t quite like hockey on Earth. The stakes are higher. Opposing players are shaped like trees, or electrified, or built like actual boulders. And even if Isaac is able to whip the octopus-like Pods into shape, Emperor Mad Maroon, the ruler of Galaxia, might not release the Earthlings. Can Isaac score a win in the Galaxia Championship Tournament . . . and get back to home ice?


About the authors


JOSEPH TORRES est un auteur de bandes dessinées philippino-canadien. Il a notamment écrit les livres de la série Alison Dare, mise en nomination pour le prix Eisner, ainsi que ceux de la série Bigfoot Boy. Lauréat du prix Joe Shuster en tant qu’« écrivain exceptionnel », Joseph Torres a travaillé sur une foule de bandes dessinées, dont Avatar, Batman, Les Simpsons, WALL-E, Wonder Woman et X-Men. Joseph Torres est né à Manille et a grandi à Montréal, où il a fréquenté l’Université McGill. Il vit avec sa famille en banlieue de Toronto, en Ontario.


J. TORRES is a Canadian comic book writer. He is perhaps best known for his run on DC Comics' Teen Titans Go, the Eisner-nominated Alison Dare, and the Junior Library Guild/TD Summer Reading Club title Bigfoot Boy. Winner of the Shuster Award for "Outstanding Writer," Torres has worked with characters from A (Archies) to Z (The Mighty Zodiac) and many more in between (Avatar, Batman, Ninja Scroll, Simpsons, WALL-E, Wonder Woman, Yo Gabba Gabba, and X-Men, to name a few).


J. Torres' profile page


TIM LEVINS a étudié les beaux-arts et l’animation traditionnelle avant de se lancer dans le monde de la bande dessinée au milieu des années 1990. Tim est surtout connu pour son travail sur la série DC Comics Batman: Gotham Adventures, récompensée par un prix Eisner. Au fil des ans, il a illustré de nombreux autres titres pour DC, Marvel Comics et Archie Comics, et a dessiné plusieurs livres pour enfants, dont Scooby Doo! Encyclopedia. Tim vit à Midland, en Ontario, avec sa femme, son fils et ses deux chiens.


TIM LEVINS studied Fine Art and Classical Animation before breaking into the comic book business in the mid-1990s. Tim is best known for his work on the Eisner Award-winning DC Comics series Batman: Gotham Adventures. Over the years, he has illustrated many other titles for DC, Marvel Comics and Archie Comics, and has drawn several children’s books published by Capstone Press. Tim enjoys life in Midland, Ontario, Canada, with his wife, son, and two dogs.


Tim Levins' profile page


  • Short-listed, Dragon Prize (Comics for Young Readers)
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, Sundogs
  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Express Award
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Selection

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