The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies

The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies

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by David Lubar
     
 

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A girl doesn't have a date for the school dance—until her dad makes one for her in his lab. "Lily—meet Stitchy." A family enjoys a nice Thanksgiving dinner—until they are interrupted by a torrent of turkeys out for revenge. A princess meets a pea-brained suitor. And the battle of two red hot pepper weenies ends in flames.

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A girl doesn't have a date for the school dance—until her dad makes one for her in his lab. "Lily—meet Stitchy." A family enjoys a nice Thanksgiving dinner—until they are interrupted by a torrent of turkeys out for revenge. A princess meets a pea-brained suitor. And the battle of two red hot pepper weenies ends in flames.

Critically-acclaimed author and master of the macabre David Lubar returns from a journey into the darkest depths of his brain with thirty-five more warped and creepy tales. And in the tradition of the three previous Weenie collections—In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, and The Curse of the Campfire Weenies—he reveals the inspiration behind each story at the end of the book. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories...if you dare!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This book will talk itself right off the shelves, and reluctant readers will devour it.” —School Library Journal on The Curse of the Campfire Weenies

“Another cool collection. This would be perfect to read around a campfire--or at any sleepover. They are creepy, but also hilarious.” —Detroit Free Press on The Curse of the Campfire Weenies

“Lubar strikes again. Another winning round-up.” —Booklist on Invasion of the Road Weenies

“This spring's most coveted title.” —The Arizona Republic on Invasion of the Road Weenies

“Pleasingly short, well-crafted pieces…mixes the comic and the creepy, the merely weird with the truly haunting.” —San Francisco Chronicle on Invasion of the Road Weenies

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Lubar (The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies) returns with another collection of, well, warped and creepy tales. These 36 very short stories start from anything that pops into Lubar's fertile imagination: a well-meaning inventor dad creates a made-to-order date for his lonely daughter; an enchanted mandolin's "sharp" (in both senses of the word) string foils a would-be thief; a mood ring reveals more than intended; an aspiring clown discovers the grotesque downside of his chosen profession. To paraphrase President Lincoln's alleged remark, for those who like this sort of thing, this will be the sort of thing that they like. One added bonus of the collection is an author's note at the end of the book sharing the inspirational seed of each tale: this provides a fascinating look at Lubar's creative process and bears effective testimony to the claim that ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere. Young readers may well start pouncing on promising story ideas of their own, glad that the short story form is hereby proven to be alive and well—in its own warped and creepy way! Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

In this entertaining collection of three dozen short stories, Lubar creates characters who will quickly engage readers. The selections range between two and six pages in length. Some are humorous, such as the title story, which involves middle schoolers in a hot-pepper-eating contest, while others are moralistic horror tales, such as "The Ratty Old Bumbershoot," in which a boy is eaten by an umbrella that he "borrows" but has no intention of returning. Still others are science fiction, as in "Galactic Zap," in which a video game created by aliens is placed on Earth and anyone who gets good at it is eliminated to help ensure a quick takeover of the planet. Most readers will find something here to their liking.-Valerie Davis, Campbell County Public Library, Newport, KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765360755
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Series:
Weenies Stories Series
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
459,442
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; five short story collections, including In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, The Curse of the Campfire Weenies, and Attack of the Vampire Weenies; and the Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series. Lubar grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, and he has also lived in New Brunswick, Edison, and Piscataway, NJ, and Sacramento, CA. Besides writing, he has also worked as a video game programmer and designer. He now lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

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The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Rita_Lot More than 1 year ago
As the reading specialist at my school, I've found that many of my students complain about having to read over the summer break. They frequently use the excuses of "I don't have enough time" and "novels are just to long." Here's the solution - short stories. I read "Into the Wild Blue Yonder" to a class of fifth graders and they were hooked. This book needs to be added to your home, classroom and school libraries. This book will appeal to both boys and girls. The best thing about a book with a collection of short stories - you don't have to read them all, only those that interest you and you finish a story in about 20 minutes.
StarTrekGal More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK DESERVES 6 STARS. I LIKE SHORT STORIES BETTER THAN NOVELS NOW!!! ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ> YEAHHHH. I ALSO RECCOMEND:
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
i love this book its the most intersting that lubar had made yet!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi this book is aweesome and the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWSOME
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seires is really funny if u dont read this or the seires u have no sense of humor please give me a thumbs up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome u should get it if u just startin middle school or just finnishing elementry school. Trust once u get dis book you'll lov it
Alexander Dornacker More than 1 year ago
loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is 9 years old and in 3rd Grade and he gave the rating to this book. He loves this Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hang ten
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so awsome even though i didnt read it yet
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Lol i loved the red hot pepper weenies
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So scary must sleep wit ligjt on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely different from most books. He should make a weenie book called The Revolution of the Combat Weenies
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved them all so good
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This book is very funny i like it a lot :)
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Love the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks. Wild blue yonder is my favorite.
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