Spacehoppers – W. Bradford Swift

When sixteen-year-old Buddy Clemson meets a stranger about his own age, he’s willing to overlook the young boy’s outlandish outfit and his strange habit of talking to himself. Little does Buddy know that he’s just met a visitor from the planet Betelle, who is in training to become a Galactic Ambassador.

Glitch and his computerized trainer, Qwirk, are stranded on Earth when their spaceship runs out of fuel – just the first unexpected twist in the jinxed training mission. Glitch’s chance to become a Galactic Ambassador is in jeopardy.

While Qwirk instructs Glitch to consider their time on this “pre-transformed” planet as just another part of his training, it doesn’t take long for Glitch to realize his first assignment may also be his last.