Friday, October 21, 2016

6th Grade Revengers Blast





6th Grade Revengers: Cat Crimes and Wannabes by Steven Whibley

Jared and Marcus aren’t like other 11-year-olds…they’re also Revengers. They fix problems and they’re awesome at it-at least, they will be if they ever get a chance to show off their skills. What they need is exposure. Luckily, they have the perfect target in mind: Jared’s sister’s boyfriend. He’s a jerky, wannabe rock star, a relentless bully and he smells like old gym socks.

Enough is enough. The tone deaf jerk’s days are numbered. There’s only one hitch: Marcus already offered their services elsewhere. A stray cat with serious aggression issues apparently has a whole neighborhood boarding up their windows. What the boys think will be an easy-money job quickly turns into a dangerous game of wits. The cat’s a monster. It takes all the ingenuity the boys can muster to deal with this beast.

Two targets at once. It’s time to prove themselves as the awesome after-school problem-solvers they know they are. That is, if their plan doesn’t backfire. Because they’ll either be feared fixers or a couple kids who can’t even take out a kitten.


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Praise for the Book
“…funny, exciting and full of adventure.” 10-year-old reviewer

“…a delightful story, full of adventure and I would highly recommend it…” Amazon reviewer

“Cleverly entwined plots and vivid settings are designed to hold readers to the end…” Goodreads Reviewer




Excerpt #1

One of my favorite TV shows was about a spy who couldn’t be a real spy anymore so he went around helping people with their problems. In a way, that was exactly what I’d done for Sky. She had a problem, and I fixed it. I wasn’t sure what that would be called, but there had to be thousands of people with problems—problems like evil bosses, jerk teachers or pain-inthe-butt sisters—who needed someone to help them deal.

Someone like me.

I grabbed a notebook and pencil and started brainstorming all the ways I’d make it work. Eventually my brainstorm became a brain typhoon, or whatever it is when your imagination gets out of control. Brain tornado maybe. The ideas came faster than I could write them down. There was no limit to what I could do. Bullies would disappear from playgrounds. Mean babysitters would never sit again. The possibilities seemed endless.

Pretty soon it was after midnight and I had a notebook filled with ideas.

“Jared Moter: Avenger of the Little Guy,” I said to myself as I crawled into bed. No, avenger wouldn’t work. That was already a comic book and a movie. Revenge-inator? That sounded like a robot from a sci-fi movie. It had to be cool. Had to be catchy. “Problem Assassin?” I shook my head. I wasn’t really killing stuff and besides, assassins were cool in movies and video games but not in real life. I lay there staring up at the ceiling for a long time.

Just before I fell asleep, I found the right word.


Excerpt #2

Clicking on the video link, Marcus pulled up a shaky image of a street lined with houses.

“Isn’t that Oak Street?” I asked.

“Yeah, looks like it. That’s only a couple miles away. But just wait until you see this.”

“Oh… wow!” The wow practically fell out of my mouth as a dog-sized cat leaped out at a kid on a bike. The cat swiped at the bike tires, instantly flattening one. The kid toppled over, got up, and ran. A mailman came into the picture. He saw the cat and stopped. The cat saw him and charged. Mail flew into the air. The cat headed straight for the mailman’s leg. Orange fur flew. We didn’t have sound, but the mailman’s mouth opened with a scream. He started kicking but the cat had his leg. He swung his bag and knocked the cat off him. The guy ran, his shredded pants leg flapping.

The cat shook himself off then started prowling straight toward the camera.

Shaky-cam went ultra shaky.

The cat lunged and everything froze with giant white fangs headed for the camera.

Marcus swiveled his chair so he could face me. “Look, I know Gunner is a problem for you, and I’m fully on board with getting that guy out of the picture. But dude, if the Revengers take care of this cat, our reputation will explode.”

“Yeah, Gunner’ll have to wait. Let’s go check out this killer cat.”

We grabbed our bikes and headed for Oak Street.

cc-authorAuthor Steven Whibley

Steven Whibley is a father, a husband, and the author of several middle grade and young adult novels. He has lived in Japan; volunteered in Thailand, Myanmar and Colombia; explored the ruins of Tikal, Angkor Wat, and Cappadocia; and swum with sharks in Belize. His novel, DISRUPTION, was a finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award, and GLIMPSE (an unrelated novel) was shortlisted for Foreword Review’s Book of the year award. He is represented by DGLM.
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