Emperor of the Universe (Hardcover)

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We've been waiting for JUST THIS BOOK! Can not wait to hand sell to so many of our readers. 

— Kirsten H.


"Fans of Dav Pilkey, Jon Scieszka, and Tom Angleberger will race to read this smart and silly space adventure." School Library Journal

The launch of a hilarious space adventure trilogy for young readers by David Lubar, author of the popular Weenies Tales!

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.

Now 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.

"David Lubar’s Emperor of the Universe is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for middle school!" —Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee

About the Author

David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; many short story collections including In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies, Attack of the Vampire Weenies, Beware the Ninja Weenies, Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies, Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies, and Extremities; and the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series. Lubar grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, and he has also lived in New Brunswick, Edison and Piscataway, NJ, and Sacramento, CA. Besides writing, he has also worked as a video game programmer and designer. He now lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Praise For…

"This book is ridiculous! Ridiculous crazy fun ... and deep truth." —Jon Scieszka, bestselling author of the Time Warp Trio series

"What do you get when you combine a 7th grader, a gerbil, a package of ground beef, and an alien space ship on a chase across the universe? David Lubar’s latest masterpiece, of course!" —Dan Gutman, bestselling author of the My Weird School series

"David Lubar’s Emperor of the Universe is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for middle school!" —Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee

“A cosmically comic caper, no matter how you slice it.” —Booklist

"A riotous ride."—Publishers Weekly

“A zany adventure with humorous asides that open up the author's peculiar and silly version of the known universe.” —Kirkus

“Nicholas’ adventure into space will delight readers with its combination of twists, turns, and imagination that makes for a truly wild ride. ...a great pick for reluctant readers” —School Library Connection

“[P]lenty to amuse, spook, and entertain. With supernatural events and creatures, the short and super-short stories are fun, fast-paced reading for Weenies fans and new readers.” —Booklist on Beware the Ninja Weenies

“This book will talk itself right off the shelves, and reluctant readers will devour it." —School Library Journal on The Curse of the Campfire Weenies

"Bullies and others get their due in this hilarious new collection of 35 warped and creepy tales by the master of the ‘weenie' story." —Buffalo News on The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250189233
ISBN-10: 1250189233
Publisher: Starscape
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019
Pages: 368
Series: Emperor of the Universe