Game Over, Pete Watson

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"A progressively silly, retro-geeky action story for the YOLO generation." —Kirkus Reviews

Mega-gamer Pete Watson needs just twenty dollars more to buy the all-new Brawl-A-Thon 3000 XL. So he sells a beat-up CommandRoid 85 arcade game (containing top-secret government intel!) owned by his boring old dad (super-spy trapped inside the CommandRoid!), to an exterminator (evil mastermind bent on global destruction!!!). Pete’s gaming skills are put to the test as he fights evil villains, giant mechanical bugs, and a ...

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Overview

"A progressively silly, retro-geeky action story for the YOLO generation." —Kirkus Reviews

Mega-gamer Pete Watson needs just twenty dollars more to buy the all-new Brawl-A-Thon 3000 XL. So he sells a beat-up CommandRoid 85 arcade game (containing top-secret government intel!) owned by his boring old dad (super-spy trapped inside the CommandRoid!), to an exterminator (evil mastermind bent on global destruction!!!). Pete’s gaming skills are put to the test as he fights evil villains, giant mechanical bugs, and a global cyberattack from within the CommandRoid. And tries to impress Callie Midwood with his skills, or whatever.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/03/2014
For kids raised on Xbox, is there anything more pathetic than an old eight-bit video-game system? Pete Watson certainly doesn't have any reservations about selling his father's ancient CommandRoid 85 at an impromptu garage sale, not if it means he can afford a hot new game, "Brawl-a-Thon 3000 XL," the day it's released. Unfortunately for Pete, selling the CommandRoid is the first link in a wild chain of events that involves his father being kidnapped, an evil exterminator, and a destructive computer virus. At stake are no less than a killion dollars ("a number so large it would literally kill you") and the fate of the free world. Schreiber (Lenny Cyrus, School Virus) remains talented at combining anything-can-happen action and on-the-mark humor ("This is beyond awful," says Pete's father, after being digitized into an eight-bit character by the bad guys. "I know," replies Pete. "These graphics stink"). Rash's spot cartoons are entirely in sync with the story's goofy, metafictional humor and deliver many jokes themselves, making the novel read like a distant action-oriented cousin to the Wimpy Kid books. Ages 9–12. Author's agent: Phyllis Westberg, Harold Ober Associates. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"A progressively silly, retro-geeky action story for the YOLO generation"
—Kirkus

"Schreiber remains talented at combining anything-can-happen action and on-the-mark humor...Rash's spot cartoons are entirely in sync with the story's goofy metafictional humor and deliver many jokes themselves, making the novel read like a distant action-oriented cousin to the Wimpy Kid books."
—Publisher's Weekly

"Short chapters, engaging titles, lists, and several diary-type sketches will appeal to kids with short attention spans."
—School Library Journal

"A madcap adventure that leaves no doubt that 'video games are serious business.'"
—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-19
An adventure of video games and spies. On "Brawl-A-Thon 3000 XL" release day, Pete Watson makes a terrible discovery: His mother's borrowed his savings, leaving him without enough cash to buy the greatest video game of all time. To raise the money, he hosts an impromptu, unsanctioned garage sale. Desperate Pete puts out his dad's ancient game console, a CommandRoid 85. The mysterious Bug Man quickly purchases it, and Pete is all set to buy his own game. But then his dad shows up at the video game store, upset about the sold console, but before he can question Pete as to its whereabouts, he is abducted by suit-clad goons. Shortly after this, the president of the United States holds a press conference, spouting gibberish. To find out how the president, his father and the CommandRoid are connected, Pete reunites with ex–best friend Wesley and Wesley's sister, Callie. They've been on the outs since he catastrophically mishandled her discovery of his crush on her. Of course, by the time the conspiracy is unraveled, the only way to save the world is for Pete to win an epic, multilevel video game boss battle. The illustrations range from cartoons to heavily pixelated images, suited to the pseudo-multimedia book's hilarious references to the special features the digital edition will have. A progressively silly, retro-geeky action story for the YOLO generation. (Science fiction. 8-14)
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 4–6—Pete Watson is a gamer. When the latest hit game gets released, he has a plan to secretly buy it—until he discovers that his mom has borrowed some of his money. Revising his plan, Pete holds a garage sale and sells anything in the house he can find, including his father's CommandRoid game console. This proves to be his biggest mistake as he discovers that his dad is really a super-spy, and is now trapped inside a video game due to Pete's poor decisions. Now the youngster has to pull together all of his skills to undo what he has done. The book's opening line, "On the Saturday morning that I almost triggered the end of the world, I woke up early," will hook readers immediately. Short chapters, engaging titles, lists, and several diary-type sketches will appeal to kids with short attention spans. The plot includes plenty of humor, mystery, crime fighting, and even a bit of romance. Another fun addition is the flip-book character at the bottom of each page, as well as the author's reference to the digital version of the book that doesn't exist. With so much discussion of coding and gaming in education, this is a timely addition, and it could lead to extension activities such as animation, game design, or transmedia projects.—Andy Plemmons, David C. Barrow Elementary, Athens, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544157569
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 316,915
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Schreiber is the New York Times bestselling author of adult novels Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, and Eat the Dark. His other novels for young people include, the critically acclaimed Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick , Perry's Killer Playlist , and Lenny Cyrus, School Virus . He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and children.

Andy Rash was born on a mountain top in Tennessee, educated in the swamps of Georgia and the canyons of New York, and lives with his wife and son in Milwaukee. He has illustrated for The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , Time , Entertainment Weekly and The New Yorker . His children's books have received received numerous accolades, including an Amazon Editor's Choice Award and the Brown County Book Award (Indiana). Visit rashworks.com.

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[ CHAPTER ONE ]
I’M SORRY, OKAY?

On the Saturday morning that I almost triggered the end of the world, I woke up early. I was excited for three reasons:

  1) No school.
  2) Mom and Dad would be at Dad’s company softball game, which meant that I would have the house to myself all day.
  3) BRAWL-A-THON 3000 XL!!!!

   The original Brawl-A-Thon 3000 is my favorite video game of all time. If you asked me to rank my top ten games, it would go something like this:

   1) Brawl-A-Thon 3000
   2) Santa’s Go-Kart Apocalypse
   3) Galactic Sheep-Sheep
   4) Galactic Sheep-Sheep Returns
   5) Maynard GermQuake’s Return to ToxiCity
   6) Ninja Geeks: Fist of Algebra
   7) Doctor Dragon’s Dojo of Doom
   8) Unicorn Zombies
   9) Tomb of the Penguin Warlord
   10) Mr.  Thumb  Goes  to  Market  (it’s  better  than  it sounds)

   The exact order might change based on how I’m feeling that day, but trust me, Brawl-A-Thon 3000 is always at the top of the list.
   Now I know there’s more to life than video games. You have to have laptops and iPhones too, so you can download apps and watch videos and take pictures and write books like this one, which I couldn’t even type up without my mom’s laptop. I’m also going to use the drawing program, because a picture is worth a thousand words, and I want this book to be at least fifty thousand words long, so I figure fifty pictures ought to do it.
   The point is, I’m not one of those guys who’s just going to sit here and tell you that video games are the only things that matter.

[ CHAPTER TWO ]
VIDEO GAMES: THE ONLY THINGS THAT MATTER

The original Brawl-A-Thon 3000 is the single greatest video game in history. In fact, the experts all agree that it’s pretty much the reason that video games were invented in the first place. Yes, it’s that good.
   First of all, imagine parachuting down onto this half-destroyed island where packs of vicious half-mechanical animals have taken over. You have to build a character out of all these leftover machines and animal parts and fight an army of mutant machine beasts called MechReatures.
   Also, on this island time flows backwards and forward so that one minute you might be tearing a MechReature apart and the next minute you’re accidentally building it up again. There are all kinds of mini games along the way where you have to shoot poison weeds and play speed chess against superintelligent monkey MechReatures. At the end of every level you have to battle a Mega-MechReature who is made up of all the worst parts of the guys you just fought. And that’s just the beginning.

Dad says there’s more to life than video games and nobody ever made the world a better place by battling mechanical wolves and laser-eyed hyenas all day, and I guess everybody’s entitled to their opinion.
   But I have been playing Brawl-A-Thon 3000 for three years and I have gotten farther than anybody else I know, except for Wesley Midwood, who used to be my best friend.
   What happened?
   It’s a long and tragic story.

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    Im the first reveiwer

    I am staring at this book right now in my room and ill try it. BtW dont tell anyone i like Jennifer. (Jen)

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