Rockstar Tours: THE TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS (Michelle Mohrweis), Excerpt & Giveaway! ~US ONLY

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS by Michelle Mohrweis Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out
my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: THE TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS

Author: Michelle Mohrweis

Pub. Date: September 27, 2022

Publisher: Peachtree

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 288

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Evelyn strives for excellence. Allie couldn’t care less.
These polar opposites must work together if they have any hope of saving their
school’s robotics program.

Eighth-graders Evelyn and Allie are in trouble. Evelyn’s constant need for
perfection has blown some fuses among her robotics teammates, and she’s worried
nobody’s taking the upcoming competition seriously. Allie is new to school, and
she’s had a history of short-circuiting on teachers and other kids.

So when Allie is assigned to the robotics team as a last resort, all Evelyn can
see is just another wrench in the works! But as Allie confronts a past stricken
with grief and learns to open up, the gears click into place as she discovers
that Evelyn’s teammates have a lot to offer—if only Evelyn allowed them to
participate in a role that plays to their strengths.

Can Evelyn learn to let go and listen to what Allie has to say? Or will their
spot in the competition go up in smoke along with their school’s robotics
program and Allie’s only chance at redemption?

An excellent pick for STEAM enthusiasts, this earnestly told narrative features
a dual point of view and casually explores Autistic and LGBTQ+ identities.

Reviews:

“Full of girl power without ever showing them as
outsiders in robotics because of their gender, this brings a diverse team to
the page and shows the various skills needed to make a team succeed.”—Booklist

“Unsubtle but not overwrought, with genuinely inspiring kindness and
collaboration found amid pain.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

The Trouble with Robots

By Michelle Morhweis

 

Excerpt for Rockstar Book Tours

 

CHAPTER ONE

EVELYN

 

It was my very first robotics tournament, and everything was going wrong.

 

My robot lay atop the wooden table, new metal gleaming under the gym lights. The bot looked perfect. Yet when I pressed forward on the remote control, nothing happened. The robot sat unmoving. Broken.

 

“No. No. No, no, no,” I moaned. “Think, Evelyn. Think. You can fix this.” I jiggled the wires on the robot. I pressed the controller’s joystick forward again. Nothing.

 

I checked the plastic wheels, using my fingers to measure the spaces between them. They were exactly three finger widths apart. I pulled on the small metal claw, lifting it up and down. Its gears squeaked as the claw opened and closed.

 

The gears were perfect. The claw was perfect. Everything was perfect. I knew because I had built this robot myself. I’d been working on it since the first day of eighth grade. My school was semi year-round and started in July, so I got to spend the last two months building and perfecting it. Over two hundred pieces were perfectly in place, down to the smallest screws. There was nothing wrong with my robot.

 

Except, you know, the part where it wasn’t rolling.

 

I pushed on the controller one more time, with my eyes locked on the robot for any movement at all. Nope.

 

I groaned and flopped forward. My face pressed against the cool plywood of the cafeteria table, and my dark red hair settled around me like a blanket. I breathed in and out, imagining my breath scattering across the grains of wood as I tried to fight back the sick roiling in my stomach. Calm. I had to stay calm.

 

There was a buzz around me: a hundred other kids, high-school and middle-school teams that had working robots, ready to compete. It would be way too loud if not for the headphones I wore over my ears. They quieted everything just enough that I could still hear conversations but the chaos of the competition wasn’t so painfully loud.

 

I squeezed my eyes shut and listened to the murmur of voices, the clanking of metal, and muffled shouts of excitement. Almost thirty other groups, testing their robots and searching for the alliance teams they would compete along- side. I’d never join them if I couldn’t get the robot working.

 

“This is hopeless,” I mumbled into the table. I looked back up at the robot, staring at its boxy form. “Why aren’t you working?”

 

The robot did not respond.

 

 

Excerpt from The Trouble with Robots / Text copyright © 2022 by Michelle Mohrweis. Reproduced by permission from Peachtree Publishing Company Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

About Michelle Mohrweis:

Michelle
Mohrweis is a STEM Educator and space enthusiast. When not writing, they can be
found launching paper rockets down the middle of their street. They live with
their husband and two dogs in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking and hogging all
the best spots beside the heater when it gets too cold. Follow them on Twitter
@Mohrweis_Writes and visit them on the web at MichelleMohrweis.com.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | TikTok | Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS, US Only.

Ends October 4th, midnight EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/19/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt

9/19/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/20/2022

@jael_and_jenessa_reads

Review/IG Post

9/20/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

9/21/2022

Lisa-Queen of
Random

Excerpt

9/21/2022

#BRVL Book
Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

9/22/2022

A Dream
Within A Dream

Excerpt

9/22/2022

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt/IG Post

9/23/2022

Eye-Rolling
Demigod’s Book Blog

Review/IG Post

9/23/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

Week Two:

9/26/2022

Nonbinary
Knight Reads

Review/IG Post

9/26/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/27/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

9/27/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

9/28/2022

Laurenreads._

IG Review

9/28/2022

Because I
said so — and other adventures in Parenting

Review

9/29/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

9/29/2022

One More
Exclamation

Review/IG Post

9/30/2022

Two Points of
Interest

Review

9/30/2022

Two Chicks on
Books

Excerpt

 

2 thoughts on “Rockstar Tours: THE TROUBLE WITH ROBOTS (Michelle Mohrweis), Excerpt & Giveaway! ~US ONLY”

  1. Cori says:

    This looks like it has such a positive message with confidence!

  2. a pretty good book that I would read.

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