Revenge of the Star Survivors (Hardcover)

By Michael Merschel

Holiday House, 9780823436675, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 30, 2017

List Price: 17.95*
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Middle school meets the Dark Side in this painfully funny survival story of social misfit Clark Sherman. When Clark crash-lands on the inhospitable planet of Festus Middle School, he soon learns the natives don’t take kindly to newcomers . . . particularly ones who practice Jedi mind tricks and follow nerdy TV shows like Star Survivors. As he faces a conspiring group of violent bullies, browbeaten teachers and a fiendish principal, Clark knows he’ll be lucky just to survive eighth grade. Then, hope appears on the horizon: there is Les, the enigmatic boy who seems to disappear at will; Ricki, a fellow Star Survivors fan; and the independent-minded librarian, Ms. Beacon. When Clark and his newfound allies are imperiled, he gathers his courage and the consequences of his actions ripple through the galaxy in life-altering ways.

About the Author

Michael Merschel is an editor at The Dallas Morning News. As a freelance humorist, he's had his work performed on A Prairie Home Companion and by Dallas's Ground Zero Theater Company. But according to his three kids, he's not really all that funny. He lives in Texas with his family.