How to Lose Friends and Monster Bots
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About "How to Lose Friends and Monster Bots"
:After a brief moment of popularity, seventh-grade scientist Howard Boward is again the class nerd, ignored by the cool kids but---unfortunately---not the bullies. Oh well, at least he's still the smartest kid in school? or is he? Lately, that title has been challenged by Gerald ?G-Force? Forster, an electronics whiz whose entry in the annual robot-building contest just might put him over the top. Naturally, Howard can?t let that happen. The only problem is he has no idea how to build a robot of his own. In desperation, Howard takes a forbidden shortcut: he uses a secret monster-goo with transformational powers that are as dangerous as they are unbelievable. Of course, he's thrilled when the goo becomes a perfect, fully functional robot just in time for the contest. But now it won?t stop multiplying! Soon, Howard has more monster-bots than he can handle---and worse, they've taken on a life of their own! Meanwhile, the Winter Formal is approaching and Howard can only watch as his classmates turn into mindless, dance-crazed ?prombies.? He's determined to keep them from getting a glimpse of the breathtakingly weird moves that he calls dancing---moves that could destroy his social life once and for all. But can he hide them now that Winnie McKinney seems set on dragging him out onto the dancefloor? Then there's Trevor Duke, a new kid at school who never talks, secretly signals an unknown person outside the school, and exhibits what Reynolds Pipkin calls ?suspicious behavior.? Is it possible Trevor could be a spy for another country? or even another planet? The gang from Dolley Madison Middle School is back in the second Howard Boward adventure, How to Lose Friends and Monster Bots. The follow-up to How to Make Friends and Monsters finds the 12-year-old inventor dealing with his family, his teachers, his classmates and the dreaded ?abominable snow wedgie.? It's a humor-filled thrill ride that reminds readers to appreciate their friends---and beware of robots!
Meet the Author
Ron Bates is a writer, journalist and humor columnist who has produced creative works for a variety of mediums. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in Texas, later becoming an editor and columnist. His frequently funny takes on life caught the attention of Legacy Publishing, which hired him as resident humor-columnist for their three regional-magazines. As a freelance writer, Ron's works include the children's story 'Arnold Bought a Bug,' and 'St. Mary's and the Art of War,' the true story of how Italian POWs transformed a tiny, Texas church. Ron is the author of the Cranium Comics series 'Brawn,' the inspirational play 'Flight 1615,' and 'Underground Ink,' a collection of humorous poems. An award-winning copywriter, Ron lives and works in Texas.