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Josh Baxter Levels Up Hardcover – February 23, 2016
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* "Smartly paced and emotionally engaging, a book even those who have never held a controller will enjoy." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Brown includes countless gaming references that will delight in-the-know readers... It’s a light, fun approach to typical middle-school struggles from an author who gets his audience and knows his games." -- Publishers Weekly
"The gamer theme and the inclusion of various digital diversions add a charge to this upbeat fitting-in story." -- Booklist
"Readers will be engaged in this likable lead's quest to solidify burgeoning friendships via a school video game decathlon. Secondary peer characters of both genders and diverse backgrounds add texture... VERDICT: Recommended as an enticing addition, especially for middle school gamers and reluctant readers." -- School Library Journal
"Gamers will appreciate that each chapter ends with a full-page recap of Josh's current experience level, health, lives remaining, and new skills unlocked (clever summaries of major events he successfully navigated). Even non-gamer kids will likely appreciate Josh, however, as he is earnestly interested in but not always adept at navigating the often baffling social flow of middle school." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Josh Baxter Levels Up is an epic boss battle of a book. Set in a terrain more intense than any video game -- middle school -- it deploys a triumphant combo of humor, high-stakes, and heart. Read this book: It's a winning move!" -- Michael Northrup, New York Times bestselling author of the Tombquest series
From the Back Cover
Player 1: Josh Baxter
Backstory: Gamer. New kid at third new school in two years. Lives with mom and sister, Lindsay (aka Princess Perfect).
Enemies: Henry Schmittendorf, middle-school football star (aka the Mitten Monster).
LEVEL 1: NEW SCHOOL, NEW RULES
Strategy: Make it out alive, at any cost.
Outcome: Enemy unlocked. Potential allies alienated. One life lost.
Strategic Assessment: This isn't working. My grades are terrible, I have no friends, Mom is taking away my video games, and Mittens is out to get me. I need a new strategy!
I've been playing not to lose. It's time to play to win.
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