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How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots

How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots
$12.99
Format: Hardcover

Availability: In stock

Quick Overview:

In the second Howard Boward book, How to Lose Friends and Monster Bots, Howard sets out to beat his arch-rival in a prestigious science-contest---but when the secret goo he uses to give himself an advantage becomes an ever-expanding horde of robot monsters, Howard faces the prospect of losing not just the competition… but his closest friends.
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Sometimes, being smart just isn’t enough

 

It’s been a rough winter for Howard Boward, science genius. Not only is he caught in the crossfire of winter’s most dangerous weapon (snowballs), his best friend, Winnie McKinney, is mad at him, and the school bullies seem to have made it their personal mission to make life at Dolley Madison Middle School miserable. But when Howard’s teacher tells him about the upcoming robot-building contest, Howard can’t resist using his superior knowledge of science to gain an advantage, especially since he’ll be competing against archrival Gerald “G-Force” Forster. Unfortunately, the secret goo he uses to make his cardboard robot move turns it into a multiplying, vengeance-seeking monster. If Howard doesn’t stop the robot rebellion in time, they’ll ruin everything—including his friendships and the school dance

Contributor Ron Bates
Short Bio Ron Bates

Ron Bates is a novelist and humor columnist who writes about secret laboratories, monsters, bullies, robots, cafeteria food, and other perils of middle school. A former newspaper reporter, he is the author of How to Make Friends and Monsters, How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots, the comic book series Brawn, and numerous poems and plays for kids who like to laugh. He lives in Texas.

UPC 025986736088
ISBN-10 0310736080
ISBN-13 9780310736080
Publish Date Sep 16, 2014
Weight 0.6000
Length 224.00
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zonderkidz
Price $12.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Lynda
Overall Rating
As I've mentioned a time or two . . . or three or more . . . as a child, I always received books for Christmas and my birthday. As a mom, I carried on this tradition and always gave my children a book or two on their birthdays and for Christmas. So, now as a grandma, one thing my grandsons can count on receiving on their birthdays and for Christmas are books!
How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots
Authors - Howard Boward & Ron Bates
Publisher - Zonderkidz
Ages - 8-12

Favorite Features -
Great stories children will enjoy with characters and solid messages grandparents/and parents will appreciate.
Excellent storylines - will capture the attention of children and keep them reading to find out what happens next!
As mentioned, solid messages about getting along and making wise choices.
Zonderkidz had this to say about How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots, "Sometimes, being smart just isn’t enough. It’s been a rough semester for Howard Boward, science genius. Not only is he having to dodge winter’s most feared weapon (snowballs), his close friend, Winnie McKinney, is barely speaking to him. If that weren’t enough, he’s the favorite target of some bullies who seem determined to make life at Dolley Madison Middle School as miserable as possible. But then Howard learns about an upcoming robot-building contest—finally a chance to show off his science skills and beat archrival Gerald “G-Force” Forster! Unfortunately, the only way to win is by using his secret “monster goo,” a formula which has terrifying side effects. Can Howard resist the temptation? Or will he unleash a robot rampage which could destroy the town—and ruin the school dance?"

Likewise, I found How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots to be great fun and a book which will keep the attention of young boys! Since I have three young grandsons, who all appear to be on the smart side of things (I do not say this just because I am their grandma, but I do say it because I am their grandma!), a book about a boy who is smart and who struggles to find a way to "fit in" and get along with others is one I especially want my grandsons to read. In this story, Howard is "branded" a "geek" at school . . . which makes him the target for bullies. Howard has to make a choice - get back, or show grace. In the end he says, "All of a sudden, I was glad we didn't go with my original plan: turning the robots into an incredible, bully-seeking attack squad. I've got to admit, it was tempting - the idea of using our brains against their muscles. What stopped me whas something Mr. Z had said - Believer Achievers try to treat others the way they want to be treated. So, as much as I wanted to treat the Snowblinders to some good, old-fashioned robot revenge, the real question was what I would want for myself - war or a snow cone?" I'm happy this story shows Howard making a wise choice - and doing so in a way children will be able to understand, believe and identify with! I want my grandsons to grow up knowing how to, "treat others the way they want to be treated." Books like this, will help them learn to do so! Once again, the Howard Boward Novels I've read thus far are excellent; I definitely hope to see many more in the series! Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own. (Posted on 10/27/14)
Review by Laura
Overall Rating
The review (written by my tween daughter): HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND MONSTER BOTS was kind of interesting. It is the second book in the series. I didn't read the first, but I wasn't lost. They talk about robots and how scary middle school is. Howard had this barrel of goo, I don’t know where he got it, but it appeared to be kind of a magic goo that grows and stuff. The goo starts multiplying and turns into a… well, you have to read the book and find out.


I recommend it to people that like robots and science fiction. It wasn’t really scary. It was kind of weird and funny at times. I liked the authors’ sense of humor. This would be a great book for tween boys. My older brother (who is not a tween) actually laughed out loud a few times when he read it. (Posted on 10/25/14)
Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
About the Book:

Sometimes, being smart just isn t enough

It's been a rough semester for Howard Boward, science genius. Not only is he having to dodge winter's most feared weapon (snowballs), his close friend, Winnie McKinney, is barely speaking to him. If that weren't enough, he's the favorite target of some bullies who seem determined to make life at Dolley Madison Middle School as miserable as possible. But then Howard learns about an upcoming robot-building contest finally a chance to show off his science skills and beat archrival Gerald G-Force Forster! Unfortunately, the only way to win is by using his secret monster goo, a formula that has terrifying side effects. Can Howard resist the temptation? Or will he unleash a robot rampage that could destroy the town and ruin the school dance?"



About the Author:

Ron Bates is a novelist and humor columnist who writes about secret laboratories, monsters, bullies, robots, cafeteria food, and other perils of middle school. A former newspaper reporter, he is the author of How to Make Friends and Monsters, How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots, the comic book series Brawn, and numerous poems and plays for kids who like to laugh. He lives in Texas.



My Review:

Howard Boward has a problem, he's smart, but apparently not smart enough to have known about a science club at his school. When he finds out about the club from his academic rival, he decides to talk to his favorite teacher about getting into the club. Soon the club is abuzz about this contest that they all want to enter---a contest dedicated to robot building. Howard really wants to enter this contest but he has very little time to prepare. So Howard goes to his secret lab to begin working on his creation. After several failed attempts, he decides to bring out the big guns and use monster goo. In spite of the warnings from his friend, he decides to use the monster goo anyway, even though that it could spell trouble to mankind.

Soon there are several things to worry about after his so-called invention. There are prombies that are fascinated with the school dance that is upon the school. There is some bullying happening that Howard is ready to take action against but he finds out quickly that going to his older brother for help is a big mistake. If you would like to learn more about this book, you can do so here.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad. (Posted on 10/22/14)

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