International Rights

Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game

By: J. Torres
Illustrated by: Tim Levins
  • ISBN 9781443128896, Paperback
  • 144 Pages | Ages 7 to 12

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?

Rights Sold

French (N. Amer) – Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

• Hockey + humour + space adventure + graphic novel = high-interest reading!
• Appealing full-colour format.
• Story features boy and girl protagonists amidst a galaxy of crazy characters.


  • Short-listed, Dragon Prize (Comics for Young Readers), 2022
  • Short-listed, Sundogs, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2022
  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Express Award, 2021
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2021
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club, Top Recommended Read, 2021