Loved it! 😍

A delightful mix of fantasy, sci-fi and good old fashioned imagination.

Synopsis

This is a story about Archer and Zowie: two mismatched friends who build a space ship, leave planet Earth, and promptly crash on a distant world. They wander through an alien planet searching for their psychotic teleporting microwave, learning about friendship, and trying to get home.

Hans Bluedorn has encapsulated childhood imagination at it's fullest with "Archer and Zowie". Between the exciting pull of space travel and evil robot kidnappers, young readers will be easily entertained by their adventures. The exploits of these two explorers these are full of excitement and enough suspense to keep you hooked for the entire story.

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I am a substitute teacher in Arizona and love to find new Young Adult and Middle Grade books to suggest to the students. I am currently working towards a Master's program at ASU in Secondary Education so I can teach English Language Arts to Junior High students.

Synopsis

This is a story about Archer and Zowie: two mismatched friends who build a space ship, leave planet Earth, and promptly crash on a distant world. They wander through an alien planet searching for their psychotic teleporting microwave, learning about friendship, and trying to get home.

Dear Reader

I promised myself long ago that I would never put an introduction in a book I wrote. But here I am doing that very thing. Life is so sad, isn't it? 

Why read this book:

I wrote this book to be a small but feisty story for readers on a budget. What that means is you can read this book and not spend a huge amount of time and effort doing so. This book has less than three hundred pages of widely spaced type and can be read in under two hours. No further work is necessary. 

If at any point you aren't happy with your reading experience, you may come to my house and show me. If you can prove that your book has poor character development, predictable plot, or too many typos, I will refund your money with the cash I happen to have in my pocket at the time.

However, I will not refund your money if you don’t like my illustrations. I drew them all myself and I like them. So there. 

How to read this book:

Honestly, I’m not sure why this section is here because everybody knows how to read a book, but it seemed like I had to write it after I put in “why read this book.” 

This book has eighteen chapters. Each of the chapter titles, if read together, can tell you a little about what is happening in the story. It’s just a little thing I put in there. 

What this book is about:

The last two books I wrote were called The Fallacy Detectiveand The Thinking Toolbox. They taught critical thinking skills to unsuspecting teenagers. 

This book is verydifferent. If you read it, you will learn absolutely nothing about logical fallacies or the school subject called "logic." 

This book is about friendship. 

I have heard that my brain cannot picture the number one million. It’s too big a number to hold inside my head and think about at one time. Just the same, I don’t think I can hold in my head the total value of a friendship. There are so many days, hours, and minutes that I spend with someone that add up to a friendship. And I find each moment very valuable. 

I am the person I am today because of the friends I have spent time with. I hold the value of those friendships inside me forever. 

Over the course of this book, Archer and Zowie will battle dark matter, babysitters, teleporting microwave ovens, big penguin aliens, and even the author of this book just to be together as friends. 

The right friends can free us to be ourselves. 

I hope you enjoy. 

Hans Bluedorn

About the author

Hans wrote two books that teach critical thinking skills to kids: The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox. His latest is a sci-fi kids book called Archer and Zowie. Hans' books have sold over two hundred thousand copies since 2002. He lives in Durango, Colorado with his wife, Desi. view profile

Published on August 24, 2018

30000 words

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Genre: Middle grade

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