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I remember reading a book as a child about a kid who was playing a laser tag tournament or something of that nature when he gets teleported to an alien planet.

Once there he ends up fighting for those people in what seems to be a real laser battle and helps them win. Once he does he's teleported back to earth where he ends up getting hit and losing his laser tag game.

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    So, did it have cartoonish illustrations? Was it based on a cartoon? Was it a comic book format?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:32

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This is one of the novels based on the mid-to-late 80s television series Photon.

The main character is Christopher Jarvis, a teenaged laser tag player who is transported to an alien space station and then to a variety of alien worlds to fight as a "Photon Warrior".

There were two series of novels, one written by Peter David and another by Michael Hudson (pseudonym for Michael P. Kube-McDowell). David was responsible for the adult-aimed series and Kube-McDowell for the junior series.

It sounds like you read the first novel of one of these two series, each of which covers Jarvis' first adventure as a Photon Warrior. The first book of the adult series was Peter David's Photon: For the Glory (aka Photon #1)

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and the first book of the junior series was Michael Hudson's Photon: Thieves of Light

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  • There were adult ones written by Peter David and young adult ones by Michael P. Kube-McDowell under the house name Michael Hudson.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:41
  • @FuzzyBoots : Added in Hudson, thanks.
    – Praxis
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:42
  • It is. I figured I'd go in on the pseudonyms.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:43
  • Weirdly enough, the Peter David ones (often misattributed to David Peters) had more cartoonish covers than the YA series.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 1, 2016 at 20:45

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