It’s really, really good. It’s adventurous, and it made you think! I was convinced by the descriptions of the outer space ‘aliens’ and I liked all the characters. I’d like another book – a continuation about Leo and Oliver. I was a little bit disappointed at the end when it said Oliver might go and live on Leo’s planet and Grandpa planned to get married but it didn’t say whether those things happened [Maybe you’re already planning a sequel and deliberately left it hanging?] All the sporting events were great, like using a laser instead of a pole, and so were the descriptions of the planets.
Favourite bits: pre-match trips with Jez such as the Quasar/staying in the dark [sorry if i’ve got he spellings wrong!] and the speed surfing. Would like more: description about preparation for the races, what it’s like, how he feels. and description of Olympius’s space craft when he comes to earth – what does it look like, are there gadgets in it, is it like a car? I’d definitely recommend it!”
by Maxim, aged 11
Waterstone’s Ayr Branch
First contact between earth and other intelligent life-forms – is it a big leap for mankind or is it just a hoax? As the sceptical human race is thrust into reality by receiving a n invitation to the 5000th Junior Galactic Games unsuspecting Oliver Togg is picked to represent the human race as one of the competitors. An original take on the space story theme with a warm-hearted and loveable main character. Young Oliver’s new experiences in this funny story show that it isn’t always winning the race that matters.
Strays Bookshop, Newark (Reader Aged 12)
As soon as I got into the first few chapters it got very interesting. I thought the way the author created some of the characters and the way he described everything was very creative and I thoroughly enjoyed the book in that way. There were a few twists and turns and some things you thought would happen didn’t and I think that is a shame. It is a very good book to read on flights, trains etc or even just sitting at home. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I never wanted it to end.
Reviewer Aged 8
I stayed up late reading it under the covers. The part I liked the most is when Olympius first comes down to Earth in a spaceship because everyone is very confused to meet an alien and the prime minister gets goosebumps. I would definitely recoommend Star Games. I think half of England would like it.