“How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots” by Ron Bates is a quirky little book well suited for tween-age boys. Many of the characters have silly names (such as Howard Boward, Winnie McKinney, Stick, and G-Force) and included a deaf classmate as well as a host of bullies.
In the book, Howard gets to build a robot for a robot competition (I’m still unclear about the whole “goo” thing), save the school dance from robots, and stand up for himself with a group of his friends against the “Snowblinders” who have in the past pummeled Howard with snowballs.
I appreciated the camaraderie and willingness to share ideas by the Believer Achievers robot-building group and that they chose to believe that Howard wasn’t behind the vandalization of their projects.
I think the audience this book was written for would enjoy the story and Howard’s goofy antics.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.