Also known as the ''Aliens Ate My Homework'' series.

A children's series about a 12-year old that has a tiny spaceship crash into his room, and ends up helping the aliens on their mission.

Written by Creator/BruceCoville in TheNineties, the series in chronological order is: ''Aliens Ate My Homework'', ''I Left My Sneakers In Dimension X'', ''The Search for Snout'' (or ''Aliens Stole My Dad'' if you live in the UK), and ''Aliens Stole My Body''.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* [[ADogAteMyHomework Aliens Ate My Homework]]: See the title. It was actually the truth, but due to the circumstances, it came across as a RefugeInAudacity joke.
* AlienLunch: Grakker's people raise worms to eat.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: It's stated that Smorkus Flinders became the leader of the monsters in Dimension X simply because he was the biggest.
* BirdsOfAFeather: BKR and Smorkus Flinders are good friends and partners because they're the two most evil and vicious criminals in each other's respective dimensions.
* BittersweetEnding: BKR is ultimately stopped, the Albright family is finally united, and Rod will even be able to return to space in the future. [[spoiler:However, the entire Ferkel crew must stand trial going against the Galactic Patrol's orders, and their ultimate fate is left up in the air, though they state that their finally bringing BKR to justice as a result of disobeying orders will also be taken into consideration.]]
* BizarreAlienSexes: Tar Gibbons, as seen below:
-->'''Gibbons''': I am neither male nor female. I'm a farfel.
-->'''Rod''': Is that more like a boy or more like a girl?
-->'''Gibbons''': Actually, it's more like a ''pippik'' than anything.
* BondCreatures: According to Seymour, a Chibling's first life directive is to find and bond to the first sapient creature they encounter. After that, they're partners for life, or until so firmly rejected that they give up and die.
* CannotTellALie: Rod. That's why the first book is named such. The one significant time he ''does'' lie, at the end of the first book, BKR sees through it.
* CoolStarship: Pretty much all of them, but special note goes to Ah-Rit's ship, the ''Jean'' (named for his wife), which is described as sleek and powerful.
* DisappearedDad: Rod's father left his family many years before the first book under mysterious circumstances, and hasn't been heard from since. [[spoiler:It's because he got word that BKR was on his way to Earth and fled the planet to keep certain crucial information out of his hands.]]
* EldritchLocation: Dimension X, home of Reality Quakes, a portal network and a layer of macaroni-like stuff that naturally grows in the sky.
* EvilIsPetty: BKR is implied to be Space Hitler and starts the book in his latest scheme -- bullying children at an elementary school.
** It should be mentioned that according to the aliens, the worst possible crime is [[ForTheEvulz cruelty]], because unlike other crimes which might have mitigating factors, if you're cruel, it's because you willingly choose to be.
* FantasticHonorifics: The "Tar" of Tar Gibbons is an honorific meaning "Wise and beloved warrior who could kill me with his little finger if he so wished."
* ForTheEvulz: Everything BKR does is for this, such as his plan to merge our dimension with Dimension X and his later plan to freeze time. Grakker notes in both cases that BKR is well aware that he would be affected just like everyone else, but as long as he can hurt people, he just doesn't care.
* {{Homage}}: The overall series outline draws inspiration from the first four ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies: book 1 sets up the plot, book 2 [[spoiler: has a character with psychic abilities apparently dying partway through but ultimately revealed to be NotQuiteDead, book 3 has that same character getting better after his crewmates disobey orders from their superiors (not to mention the title being a direct reference), and book 4 has the characters finally returning home after a long and difficult mission that saves the world from a terrible fate, and facing a trial for their actions afterward]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Grakker has a HairTriggerTemper and can be quite vicious, but he is genuinely a good person, and ''way'' better than his nemesis BKR.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: Rod]] and his siblings... sort of. Atlantean human/human, anyway.
* ItIsDehumanizing: Rod points this out when the Tar asks to be referred to as 'it', but as it points out, it is neither male nor female, making the corresponding pronouns wrong and therefore insulting in their own right.
* LivingMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Rod's brain contains the final component BKR needs to complete his Time Bomb.]]
* LizardFolk: Snout's species look like anthropomorphic lizards and are even hatched from eggs. However, their [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is that they're especially proficient in mentalism and telepathy.
* PlantAliens: Philogenus esk Piemondum (Phil for short) is a dead ringer for a sunflower.
* PsychicPowers: The Mentat trains its students in these. Among other things, Mental Masters can connect to other's minds to read or implant information. Snout even manages to slow down time for Rod for a minute or so, giving him time to duck an enemy's punch.
* Really700YearsOld: Rod's father is actually 35,000 years old.
* SarcasticConfession: By accident. "Aliens ate my homework" was the honest truth, but as Madame Pong pointed out, it was such a bizarre explanation that nobody could be expected to take it seriously.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: At one point, Arnie the school bully tries to have his dad sue Rod's mother, because Rod (with a little alien help) ducked his fist and he broke it against the school's wall. While there's no way that it would hold up in court, Rod's mother mentions that she can't afford the trouble.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The crew's decision to travel on to the Mentat rather than follow the Galactic Patrol's orders in the third book.
* SharingABody: [[spoiler: Rod winds up doing this with Seymour for the last chapter or so of ''The Search for Snout'' and much of ''Aliens Stole My Body''. He gets his own body back in the next-to-last chapter of the latter book.]]
* SingleBiomePlanet: Averted pretty hard, and lampshaded when Rod asks Grakker about his home.
-->'''Grakker''': Do ''you'' come from a swamp planet?
* SpaceIsMagic
* StarfishAliens: The cast includes Tar Gibbons (member of a multi-gendered species), Phil the Plant, and Edgar/Seymour (member of a symbiont species which splits into two bodies as part of its life cycle). On the psychological side, Captain Grakker uses a computerized implant to experience different moods. Known modules include "diplomatic", "docility", "berserk", "battle" (which Tar Gibbons thinks is poorly programmed), "judicial" and "open mind".
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: BKR's alias on Earth is Billy Becker.
** Ah-Rit Alber-Ite changed his name to Arthur "Art" Allbright when he settled on Earth.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Due to the BizarreAlienBiology of the StarfishAliens
** Of the five alien crew members, two are roughly male, 1 female, 1 plant that uses male pronouns, and 1 with no equivalent in Earth's biology that considers male or female pronouns insulting. When Rod's cousin asks why there is only one female, she explains that the sheer diversity of species means they don't even pay attention to that kind of thing anymore.
* TragicMonster: Smorkus Flinders, BKR's friend and partner, was once a kind and decent person until he was caught in a particularly horrific Reality Quake and turned into the monster he is. Unlike BKR, who simply does what he does ForTheEvulz, Smorkus Flinders does what he does as a way of lashing out at life and the universe for what they did to him.
* TimeStandsStill: [[spoiler:BKR's ultimate goal]].
* UnskilledButStrong: As noted in the second book, Smorkus Flinders' fighting skills are mediocre; as the other monsters named him their leader purely because he was the biggest out of them all, he never had to fight much. That being said, he's big enough to literally stuff a human into his ear canal, and has the SuperStrength to match.
* WhamEpisode: The final chapter of ''I Left my Sneakers in Dimension X'' reveals that [[spoiler: Rod's absent father]] is an alien and a member of the Galactic Patrol.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: The villain named BKR. Yes. That's his full name.
* YouAreNotReady: When Rod asks why Earth has not been asked into the League of Planets, he's told that humans are considered warlike and borderline insane by the other species of the cosmos.
** We learn in ''The Search for Snout,'' however that the League of Planets only emerged after 1000 years of war between its future member species, so that might be a bit of hypocrisy.
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