Wednesday, September 16, 2015

[Book Review] How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots by Ron Bates

How to Survive Middle School and Monster BotsHow 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 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?

First of all - Howard Boward. How fun is it to say his name? If there is a person out there with a real name like that - I want it & you are my hero! How to Survive Middle School and Monster Bots is really a fun read and perfect for middle grade. Although he is very smart and can be considered as "geeky", the bullying from other kids doesn't stop him from still thinking he is the best. When he doesn't get invited to a science club that has a contest in building robots, he will do anything to win. 

I loved the life lesson that this novel represents. A lot of the times, middle grade characters are not portrayed the way they should be and it's good to see that this is not the case. Howard and other boys are a perfect example of that age group and definitely think that middle grade boys should check this out. Monster robots with a hidden life lesson? Definitely a winner!!!

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