Friday, October 18, 2013

A Don't-Miss MG New Release -- Winter of the Robots

Winter of the Robots 
by Kurtis Scaletta

This is a recent release, one I can't let our Project Mayhem readers OR authors miss out on. Many thanks to Mike Winchell who passed this one along to me--I'm so glad he did.

Seven feet of snow, four science-fair nerds, one creepy junkyard.
Get ready for the ultimate robot battle.

Jim is tired of being the sidekick to his scientific genius, robot-obsessed, best friend Oliver. So this winter, when it comes time to choose partners for the science fair, Jim dumps Oliver and teams up with a girl instead. Rocky has spotted wild otters down by the river, and her idea is to study them.

But what they discover is bigger—and much more menacing—than fuzzy otters: a hidden junkyard on abandoned Half Street. And as desolate as it may seem, there's something living in the junkyard. Something that won't be contained for long by the rusty fences and mounds of snow. Can Jim and Rocky—along with Oliver and his new science-fair partner—put aside their rivalry and unite their robot-building skills? Whatever is lurking on Half Street is about to meet its match.

This was the most original MG story I have read in a long time. I loved it. The main characters are varied in their personalities, yet united in their friendship. I fell in love with each of them. And then there is the kicker--robots! 

Any kid out there who is even a little bit interested in robots MUST read this book. I was riveted by the detail and cool things Scaletta had them doing. Add to that some dinobots, cool cars, and a dash of young love and you have the recipe for an ideal middle grade read. This one should easily be a hit with both boys and girls. I HIGHLY recommend it.



  1. This sounds like a great book. What kid wouldn't want to jump into a junk yard and build something that cool?

  2. I'll have toputthis one on my lst! Thanks for sharing. :) Robots are cool!

  3. This does look cute! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sounds intriguing, I'm gonna add it to the growing list.

  5. And isn't that the coolest cover?!

    Thanks for the review, Shannon.

  6. Great premise. Thanks for the review!

  7. This sounds awesome! My inner kid is dying to read this.


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