The book follows 7th grader and frequent wedgie victim Howard Boward. A bespectacled loner, with a mouth full of braces, Howard is often the target of a school prank. That is, until a lab mistake involving Wonder Putty helps him “make” a new friend. What began as a blob becomes a big, hairy, jovial creature who Howard names Franklin Stein. They are instant buddies. For the first time, Howard doesn’t have to sit alone at the lunch table. The cool kids finally know his name. Unfortunately, Howard soon learns that playing God has a price. When certain members of the UPs (über-popular crowd) hear about Howard’s secret experiment, they want him to make them a special friend, too. But things quickly spiral when the true nature of each monster emerges. Howard must find a way to fix this disaster—even if it means going back to being friendless. Bates effortlessly captures both the ruthlessness and charm of middle school, penning a relatable story that is as honest as it is entertaining.
FAVORITE MOVIE? Around the World in Eighty Days. (Not the one with Jackie Chan. The good one.)
FAVORITE BOOK? The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
FAVORITE SUPERHERO? “VERB -That’s What’s Happenin’ Man” from the Scholastic Rock video. (I’m in awe of his amazing powers of grammar!)
FAVORITE AUTHOR? Jules Verne
A HUGE heartfelt thank you to Ron for sharing some insights on himself!
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