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Every kid worries about making friends at a new school, but when nine-year-old Bud accidentally catches the wrong bus and finds himself launched into deep space, new friends are the least of his problems! At Cosmos Academy, Bud learns that Earthlings are the most feared creatures in the galaxy, and even Earth's location has been hidden! With the help of his new friend, GorEvery kid worries about making friends at a new school, but when nine-year-old Bud accidentally catches the wrong bus and finds himself launched into deep space, new friends are the least of his problems! At Cosmos Academy, Bud learns that Earthlings are the most feared creatures in the galaxy, and even Earth's location has been hidden! With the help of his new friend, Gort, Bud goes undercover as a Tenarian exchange student. Unfortunately that means everyone thinks he's a pro at anti-gravity Zero-Ball (even though he's really only a pro at watching sports). And with paranoid Principal Lepton threat ening to expel any Earthlings (into outer space) and only Gort's hacked Blip computer to help them determine Earth's co-ordinates, will Bud ever find his way home?...

Title : Earthling!
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ISBN : 9780811871068
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Number of Pages : 248 Pages
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Earthling! Reviews

  • Becky B
    2019-03-25 08:18

    Bud has just moved to Arizona with his scientist father. He's waiting for the school bus the first day...and manages to get on the wrong one. He finds himself headed not to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School but to Cosmos Academy with other aliens from all over the galaxy. So this could be extremely cool, except that the aliens running the school are all convinced Earthlings are pure evil and are planning to wipe out the rest of the universe. Bud has to go undercover quickly as a Tenarian exchange student staying with an ok kid named Gort (who pretty much saved Bud from completely exposing his true identity and getting sent to suspension for life). Bud and Gort are trying to figure out how to get Bud back to Earth before anyone figures out who he really is. This isn't exactly easy since Earth is so evil Cosmos Academy has deleted all records of it's existence and location. Time is ticking away, and Principal Paranoid seems to be highly suspicious (both suspicious of Bud and suspicious-acting, as in up to no good).This graphic novel reads very much like Saturday morning cartoon of old in a good way. It's slightly larger than life, goofy, and brimming with impossible problems. The heroes are humorous, overly average, and use their quirky talents to eventually save the day. All the misunderstandings are eventually worked out, and everyone (even the bad guys) ends up having a happy ending. It's a lighthearted sci-fi romp through time and space that combines friendship, basketball know-how in zero Gs, stable singularities, hacking skills, and a variety of alien species to rival Starfleet academy.Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. Some ZeroBall players get electrical shocks, but no other violence.

  • Gabriel Knebel
    2019-03-31 13:19

    This book was a pretty good book because it's full of crazy alien tech and aliens, both being things I like. It's about this kid who misses his bus, but a space bus has crashed nearby, so he gets on the bus, thinking it's his. Turns out this bus goes to an alien school, where humans are deemed evil and are feared. Bud, the protagonist, is able to get by by pretending he's a special type of alien (I forget the name) who simply looks exactly like a human. If sci-fi interests you, you will love this book.

  • Melissa Posten
    2019-04-14 11:13

    I loved this. Not only is it much-needed early middle-grade scifi, but it's really good! And it has substance too--good family dynamics; lots of sticky school social situations; a confusingly awesome alien school sport. Looking forward to more from Fearing.

  • Brian
    2019-04-12 11:22


  • Brenda Lower
    2019-04-15 11:41

    When Bud moves out to the New Mexico desert with his scientist father, he feels like he is moving to the middle of nowhere. No friends, nothing ordinary, and most of all, a new school he has to attend. And of course, on his first day, he's almost late for the bus! Luckily, he catches it just in time.But did he really catch the right bus? Instead of being full of kids, the bus is loaded with aliens! The bus is really a spaceship picking up all the alien kids from random planets for Cosmos Academy, the best space school in the galaxy!Bud quickly makes a new friend in Gort, an friendly alien that helps Bud blend in, make even more friends, and not eat what looks to be a pile of food but is really a fellow student. On top of all of this, they discover the nefarious plots of the principle to use the school as a weapon. Together, they have to figure out how to get Bud home before the principle figures out that Bud is really an Earthling, the worst type of alien there is.This was a funny example of being the new kid in town. Bud has to go through hazing, trying to stand up to bullies, making the bullies his friend, and even trying out for the sports team! Any kid that has been the odd one out would enjoy Bud's antics, and recognize a kindred spirit.I also really enjoyed the attitude of trying something different if the first thing didn't work out. Bud and Gort have to try several different things before they finally get Bud home. This is a great example of perseverance and persistence. I think more kids need to learn not to give up if the first thing you try doesn't go right.Over all, really fun book, lots of great morals but told in a way that it doesn't bash you over the head with them. Bud and Gort do get into mischief, but it would be hard to name a book that they don't get into mischief! Great book for boys, and it's actually fairly substantial, so keeps them occupied for more than 5 minutes. Fun read, I'll recommend it a lot!

  • Emily
    2019-03-26 07:13

    Review originally posted on the Lemon-Squash Book ClubWhen Bud catches the wrong school bus, he finds himself not heading down the road to his first day at his new elementary school, but hurtling across the galaxy on his way to Cosmos Academy. As an unwitting representative of the most feared (if least understood) species in the galaxy, Bud finds himself in need of a cover story before he even gets off the bus. Fortunately, his new friend Gort is able to pull one together. Unfortunately, said cover story involves an assumed expertise at ZeroBall, a sport Bud’s never heard of, let alone played. Fortunately, ZeroBall is basically zero-gravity basketball. Unfortunately, watching basketball for hours at home does not translate to skill on the court, and it turns out that getting into the tournament final is the best chance Bud has of getting home. Worse, in the course of trying to find a way into the tournament, Bud and Gort discover a plot to rid the galaxy once and for all of the vague menace that is Earth. It’s up to Bud, Gort, and the rest of their ZeroBall team to save the world and, hopefully, get Bud back on it.With lots of ups and downs, a bit of mystery, and plenty of humour, Mark Fearing tells a story that will keep middle grade (and older!) readers engaged. The surprise ending isn’t entirely unexpected, but it does wrap things up in a satisfying way. The art is colourful and full of action, with the portrayal of the various alien species particularly helpful in keeping straight the fairly complex politics of Fearing’s imagined galaxy. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a good “kids save the day” story.

  • Karin
    2019-04-22 15:22

    Bud is nervous about starting at his new school and running late on the first day isn't helping ease his fears at all. Lucky for him, the bus rolls up right after he gets to the bus stop. It doesn't take long for him to realize something is strange though. All the students look really weird, robotic arms force something into his ear, and a safety bar comes down in front of him to hold him in the seat. But, when the bus launches itself into the sky, Bud really knows he's in trouble. He totally got on the wrong bus. Gort, a fellow bus rider sits next to him and explains they are heading to the Cosmos Academy. When Bud tries to explain that he made a mistake and needs to get back to Earth, Gort quickly tells him to be quiet. Earthlings are the most feared creatures in the universe. Gort comes up with the plan to tell everyone that Bud is a Tenarian exchange student and should come home and live with him.At Cosmos Academy, Bud is roped into playing Zero-Ball since Tenarians are known for their athletic abilities. Unfortunately, Bud doesn't play sports and with zero gravity it makes it even harder for him. Gort and Bud come up with a plan to get Bud back to Earth, but the only way they can do it is to secure a place in the Zero-Ball Championship game. That means they have to beat the best team at school. Will Bud ever get back home? Will he be able to keep his identity a secret?EARTHLING! is a really cute graphic novel. The final copy with be in full color and the sample color panels I've seen look great. The ARC I read had black and white drawings and it was still enjoyable to read. Gort is an adorable character and his and Bud's friendship is great!

  • Erik This Kid Reviews Books
    2019-03-30 08:18

    Written AND Illustrated by Mark Fearing248 pages – ages 8+Published by Chronicle Books on June 20, 2012Bud got on the wrong bus. Not a big deal right? Right. That is, if that bus doesn’t go into deep space to a school that is full of aliens that hate Earthlings! Bud got on that kind of bus. The kind with the aliens. He meets Gort McGortgort, another kid/an alien, who becomes his guide. Gort tells Bud that he can’t tell ANYONE he is an Earthling because Earthlings are feared and despised (apparently all the aliens think Earthlings want to kidnap them). Gort and Bud become friends even though Bud is an Earthling. Gort does his best to get Bud home, but bad (and somehow completely funny) things keep happening! Will Bud ever get home?I have been waiting and waiting for this book to come out! I first read about it on Mr. Fearing’s blog. I really like Mr. Fearing’s illustrations and was happy to find out he was writing a graphic novel. I was not disappointed! I really did “laugh out loud” when reading this book! It was really likeable and hilarious! I really liked Bud and Gort. They were both good friends, nice and cool. I thought the plot was hysterical – Earthlings being feared and an Earth boy being trapped as the “new kid” in school. Mr. Fearing’s illustrations and story really make this an awesome graphic novel. I thought ”Earthling!” did really well as a graphic novel because it was cool to see how all the aliens looked and the pictures really added to the whole story. I recommend this graphic novel to kids 8+ and young advanced readers because it is a longer graphic novel that actually has a good, long story that you can really get into.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-12 12:22

    When Bud's father moves the family to New Mexico for his new job at an outpost responsible for searching for signs of extraterrestrial communication, Bud is anxious about the first day of school as most transfer students would be. His anxieties turn out to be well-founded since he somehow catches the wrong bus and ends up at Cosmos Academy. A friendly alien named Gort comes up with a plan for him to pose as an exchange student from another planet where anti-gravity ZeroBall is popular. Bud deals with a principal suspicious of all Earthlings, bullying from Hadron and his crew who are the best ZeroBall team around, and strange foods. When he and Gort concoct a plot to bring him closer to Earth so that he can go home, both boys unexpectedly end up having their moments of heroism. There is quite a bit to enjoy here; for instance, the administrative droid will remind older readers of some of the administrative minions they've encountered, and the xenophobia expressed by several of the alien characters mirrors that of our own. While Bud makes enemies during his sojourn on another planet, finding the same sort of bullies that seem to exist everywhere, he also finds friends and allies in his classmates and teachers. This graphic novel contains great lessons combined with humor and creativity. The conclusion wraps things up neatly, but leaves room for future stories about the new partnership created as the result of the actions of Bud and Gort. I loved saying his whole name: Gort GortGort McGortGort!

  • Lisa
    2019-04-01 08:28

    Yay, Earthling! I'm always looking for a steady stream of elementary/middle school graphic novels. Let's just say, I was a bit parched recently until I came across this book by Mark Fearing. The setting is New Mexico where Bud is relocated with his dad, a scientist for Von Lunar Radio Telescope Lab. Of course, he is employed to keep tabs on extraterrestrial activity. Have you ever missed the school bus? Well, Bud does and then unwittingly catches the next one which just happens to be going to.....outer space, and specifically Cosmos Academy, the best school in the Galaxy. He meets his future alien best friend, Gort McGortGort whose middle name is GortGort and the fun begins. Bud has to hide the fact that he is an earthling because of bad blood between Principal Lepton and everyone on earth. Things come to a head. Bud needs to get back to his home, Principal Lepton suspects him of infiltrating the school, and an attack of earth is planned....... Through humor, colorful and hilarious illustrations, Fearing makes a sit on the edge of your seat story where you learn to love the characters.A side note, he also happens to be the illustrator for The Book That Eats People. If you don't have that in your collection, I'd recommend it! It's a book that is almost never on the bookshelf at my school.

  • ME
    2019-03-31 10:38

    Earthling is a chapter book and a fanciful Graphic Novel about a boy named Bud. It is Bud’s first day in his new school in New Mexico. But, he misses the bus to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Instead, Bud gets on the intergalactic bus to the Cosmos Academy. He befriends Gort who tells him that Earth is the most feared planet in the Galaxy. Gort helps hide the fact that Bud is an Earthling and tells everyone that Bud is a Tenarian exchange student. The book tells of how Gort helps Bud get back to earth. This book could be enjoyed by elementary aged kids. It was a bit far-fetched for me but I enjoyed anyway.Text to Self- It is said we are all made from stardust. I look to the skies at night and wonder if anyone is out there. This Graphic Novel, as whimsical as it is, can still make me wonder.Text to Text-I have always enjoyed a good science fiction book. They make me contemplate whether or not something could happen. In 2012, I read the book Life As We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer about an asteroid hitting the moon and causing all sorts of havoc on Earth. This Young Adult book really made me think about the possibilities of that kind of event.Text to World- On the news the other day, I saw a picture of Earth from the Mars Rover. It was only a tiny dot from Mars. Who would have ever thought that was possible just a few years ago?

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-04-10 07:23

    Bud is not happy that he has to move with his scientist father out into the desert, but he doesn't have much time to worry about it. The first time he tries to catch the school bus, he is instead picked up by an intergalactic transport to Cosmos Acadamy. Luckily, he meets the friend Gort who assumes he is a Tenerian exchange student, which is good, because Earthlings are feared and hated. Bud settles into school and life with Bud's family, but there are quite a few wrinkles. Tenarian's are great athletes, so Bud is pressed into helping make the ZeroBall team better, even though he is not very good at sports. There are some students who give him a hard time, and Bud and Gort have a lot of trouble figuring how they will get Bud home. They also have to deal with evil administrators! Strengths: Even though this had some goofy moments, it never stepped over the Pilkey Line. I think middle school students who like graphic novels will adore this one AND it could be used for their language arts assignment on science fiction, since there really is a good story to it.Weaknesses: Felt as if I were missing something with the storyline of Bud's mother dying; maybe there is a sequel in the offing? That would also make the rather abrupt ending better as well.

  • Joshua
    2019-03-26 07:34

    This fiction book will grab you as it did to me. Earthling! is a science-fiction graphic-novel that is illustrated and written by Mark Fearing. It is my favorite subject, science and I also love graphic novels because it helps me visualize what I am reading. Bud moves to New Mexico’s Von Lunar lab. At the beginning of this book Bud gets on the wrong bus because he missed the old bus. When he gets on the wrong bus it turns out to be a “spaceship bus”. This book also teaches kids that it isn’t scary or hard to meet new friends. When he gets on the bus he meets Hadron, the mean alien, and Gort, his soon-to-be best friend. Bud must get home to his dad safe and sound by the end of the day! The characters are funny and energetic. Sometimes the book could make you laugh so hard you would have to go to the bathroom it’s so funny. I like how he puts a lot of thought and detail into the graphics and the text that goes along with it. At some points though it could make you stand on your toes and bite your nails. This book would most certainly get a 9/10 for its detail, thought and it really makes you come into the book and when you start reading it is hard to stop. I recommend this book for all ages under 14.

  • Lisa Wolf
    2019-04-16 10:25

    Earthling was "awesome", according to my 10-year-old, and I'd have to agree. This graphic novel tells the story of average kid Bud, who moves to New Mexico with his dad and, on his first day of school, gets on the wrong school bus. Not just any bus, though -- Bud gets on a bus going to Cosmos Academy, an intergalactic school located on a huge space ship. Bud must keep his identity secret, as Earthlings are the most feared species in the universe. Posing as a Tenarian exchange student, he must fit in, make friends, and figure out how in the universe he's going to get back home.Earthling is clever and funny, and makes good points about friendship, being the new kid, and being judged based on stereotypes -- all without being preachy or talking down. The artwork is bright, humorous, and includes enough weird and gross aliens to delight kids and entice them to read on.This was a great choice for my middle grade reader, who usually has to be chained down and force-fed his reading material. This one, he read without a struggle... and liked it enough to insist that I read it too. Guess what? I found myself giggling as well. Earthling is a winner.

  • Chris
    2019-04-02 11:33

    "There is only one planet so vile it has been designated off-limits by the Illithian Decrees, so untrustworthy it was never invited to join the Galactic Alliance, and so dangerous no ship dare get too close."When I was little, my father's ship broke down on an empty moon, near Earth. Whensome Earthlings showed up, they offered no help--instead they STOLE my brother! . . . "Report unusual activity! Be vigilant against the enemy! Even one Earthling could destroy us all!"That speech is the first thing Bud hears from the principal his first day at his new school. Well, not "new" really, so much as "accidental." And he's not really a student there, just hiding out until he can figure out how to get home. Because he's an Earthling, accidentally picked up by a wayward bus his first day at his new home while groggily trying to get to his actual new school. Now he's stuck in space at a strange academy full of aliens, no idea where Earth is or how to get back to it, and unable to tell anyone about his plight because of his feared race.Full of adventure, humor, and character, I enjoyed this one quite a lot. A good story.

  • M.
    2019-04-22 11:39

    9-year old Bud accidentally gets on the wrong bus for his new school in New Mexico and ends up off-planet at the multicultural alien Cosmic Academy. Most of the students, with their huge variety of body shapes and home cultures, get along quite well together and Bud is mistaken for a friendly Tenarian exchange student. Tenarians are particularly known for their expertise at Zero-Ball (similar to basketball) so Bud quickly becomes well respected even though he's not at all sure what Zero-Ball is, much less how to play it. Unfortunately, and for unknown reasons, the school administration hates and fears Earth and wants to destroy it before Earth can destroy the rest of known (alien) civilization. How will Bud and his new friends defuse the situation and save Earth? And how will Bud get home?Graphic novel. Roughly 3rd grade and up. Good pictures with clearly distinguishable characters, simple language. Written with a light hand. Most devotees of graphic novels will enjoy this.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-23 15:34

    Bud is new in town and accidentally catches the wrong bus to school, which ends up taking him to Cosmos Academy! There he meets aliens from all over the universe and keeps his identity as an Earthling secret for fear of the school administration (prior to the beginning of the story the principal "lost" a brother and blames Earth making for sour relations with Bud's home planet).The overall story reads a little like the Harry Potter series in which a boy is thrust into a strange new world where he makes friends, gets into tons of trouble, and learns a new game that is similar to basketball but also seems a little like Quidditch. Science, adventure, good guys vs. bad guys, and a showdown across the entire universe, this book is a great read with a satisfying conclusion that I'd recommend for grades 3-5. Pencil illustrations inked and colored digitally.

  • PaulHankins
    2019-03-31 12:39

    This one reads a little closer to comic book than graphic novel, and I kind of like this retro feel, bringing older readers (like me) back to this feeling of prose in panels that gave way to the graphic novels we celebrate for younger readers today.This is a classic fish out of water story with a young boy who finds himself on an alien ship that doubles as an academy. While trying to find his way around the school and the alien students he encounters, Bud finds that HE is the alien. And he may be a very large threat to the school.Hero's Journey extensions can be found within EARTHLING, but I am really liking this book for younger, dormant readers.

  • Carol
    2019-04-19 08:30

    Bud's first day at his new school is out-of-this-world! Literally. He got on the wrong bus and ended up at Cosmos Academy: "the best in the galaxy!" To make matters worse, the school is run by an alien species that hates humans. Bud pretends he is not human which proves more difficult than he thought it would. Despite the galactic nature of the school, Bud still has to deal with typical school stuff: bullies, teachers, principals, competitive sports, etc... Somehow he gets tangled up in a plot to invade Earth and realizes he is the only one that can save his home planet. Earthling! is an entertaining and fast-paced read for 4th graders on up.

  • Sean Fowler
    2019-04-20 11:29

    This was a fun book for me to read as an adult. I can only imagine what it is like for a kid in the 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. That is who I think it would be best suited for. Even if I did not want to read, just flipping through the book and looking at the pictures would be enjoyable too.We all imagined having make believe adventures as a kid and this book relates to young kids who have that kind of imagination. I like how the book starts off with a kid scared to go to a new school on the first day of school. There are so many books like that and this one goes in a completely different direction; to outer space.

  • Angie
    2019-03-25 13:28

    So Bud misses the bus to school, but a bus just happens to come and he jumps on hit. Unfortunately, the bus takes him to a school in OUTER SPACE! At this school Earthlings are hated and feared so Bud pretends to be a Tenarian. His new school is just like any other: there are bullies and outcasts and Bud has to learn to fit in. Soon he and his new friends are trying to figure out a way to get him back to Earth. This was a fun outer space romp. I loved the illustrations and the story. Great aliens that reminded me a bit of the variety of aliens from Star Wars. This was a fun story that I think middle schoolers are going to really enjoy.

  • Ann Williams
    2019-04-07 13:31

    I love graphic novels and this one is no exception. Both Luke and I really enjoyed this book. We loved the setting, themes and characters. There were many lessons and connections for 4th graders to make about school, parents, friends, teachers, and how it feels to be left out to name just a few. Mark Fearing does a great job making the science fiction genre accessible and kid friendly while touchy on themes that are important and relevant to children and adolescents. If you haven't tried sci-fi yet, this book would be a great start. Enjoy!

  • Ian
    2019-04-08 07:18

    I read this book with my six year old daughter. I'll give it three stars since she seemed to enjoy it. The story is lauded by reviewers for its breezy pace, but I found it to be so glib on character and conflict and atmosphere as to be spiritless.The book is suspiciously reminiscent of Harry Potter in Space, with tablets instead of wands, Zero-Ball in the place of quidditch, a block-headed alien for Malfoy, who picks on a raggedy alien standing in for Ron, and everyone befriended by a giant custodian lady alien instead of the bearded Hagrid.

  • Julie Williams
    2019-03-31 08:32

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm not a big fan of graphic novels. But...this one wasn't bad. Bud and his dad move to New Mexico and on Bud's first day of school he gets on the wrong bus. This bus he gets on takes him to Cosmos Academy. There he meets and befriends some "aliens" but has to pretend to be something other than an earthling because of a deep seated fear and mistrust toward them Can Bud get back to Earth safely? Will the Earth be destroyed by the administration in a preemptive strike?

  • Annh
    2019-04-11 15:25

    It's Bud's first day at a new school and he has to take the bus. But somehow this school bus is different. Bud finds himself on a bus full of space aliens! And the bus is taking him to Cosmos Academy, the best school in the galaxy. An alien named Gort befriends him, but Bud soon finds out that Earthlings are feared and hated in the rest of the Galaxy. Gort tells everyone that Bud is a Ternarian exchange student so that no one will suspect that Bud is an earthling, but how long will this cover last? and how will Bud get home?

  • Brendan
    2019-04-04 08:33

    I was looking for a Mickey Mouse book for my children. My 4 year old son grabbed this off the shelf because it had "alien zombies". Looking at the front cover I have a tendency to agree. Knowing it wasn't really made for him, I got it anyway because I didn't want the fight. Pick your battles. A few days later I read the first few pages to him at night and I was hooked. It's nothing radically groundbreaking, but it was a simple story told well. It's also reminiscent of the Last Starfighter, a favorite from my childhood. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, even as an adult.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-27 10:25

    This is a great graphic novel, with a fun, fast-moving story, plenty of memorable characters, and plenty of adventure. The full-color illustrations are engaging and entertaining and will certainly captivate upper elementary and middle grade readers. As an adult reader, I felt that the story moved perhaps too fast with more plot than substance and was a bit predictable. As a children's librarian, I think this is a great choice for reluctant readers and any sci-fi fans.

  • Christiane
    2019-04-07 09:24

    Bud accidently gets on the wrong bus to his new school and ends up going to Cosmos Academy instead…in outer space, light-years away from the Earth, where Earthlings are the most feared creatures in the galaxy! Luckily he makes some friends who may be able to help him get back home. I loved the art and there is a lot of humor and adventure. I think a lot of kids will enjoy the story and wish this would happen to them!

  • Levi
    2019-04-11 14:25

    Picked this up because of the front cover. The art is this book is neat and I wasn't sure what age range this was shooting for when I started it. It's good for kids going into 4th to 7th grades I think. Some of the vocabulary is advanced, dealing with space concepts of course. Otherwise a pretty simple read.It is fairly long, but the story is solid, and deals with issues of family, friends, bullies, fear of outsiders but never gets heavy on any of it. I liked it a lot.

  • Laurie
    2019-04-15 14:28

    Delightful graphic novel for younger readers in which 9-year-old Bud accidentally gets on the wrong bus to his new school and ends up at Cosmos Academy on a faraway planet. His new friend Gort (who has an app for everything) tries to help him find his way back home, but in the meantime he experiences all the usual trials of a new school: bullies, geeks vs. jocks, tests, conflicts with the principal, trying to fit in and make friends.