February 20, 2018

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Geeks vs. Jocks in an Epic Battle | ‘Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders’ Giveaway

It’s geeks versus jocks in an epic battle of the beverages. Read on to find out how you can win one of 10 signed copies of Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders.

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders is award-winning author Geoff Herbach’s uproariously funny story of an overweight underdog’s power play against the high school social elite.

Butter Ball. EightButt Johnson. Gabe Johnson, a big marshmallow of a boy, is the punch-line of every fat joke at school. Gabe has taken a lot. He’s taken his mom leaving for some Japanese businessman.He’s taken the fact that even his friends call him “Chunk.” Band is the only thing he has to look forward to.

When the school’s soda machine’s funds, previously collected by the band, mysteriously begin funneling to the already over-privileged cheerleading dance team, it’s the last straw. But the band teacher has given up, and the school is more interested in sports than in music. And Gabe isn’t going to take it anymore.

Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders is the story of Gabe’s fight against injustice, but also his fight to reclaim himself. For years he has played along while the popular kids bullied him, but no more.

“I’m fully capable of taking my own dignity. But no one else is going to take it.”

Fat Boy Vs The CheerleadersA richly layered novel with huge reader appeal, Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders explores with insight, humor and poignancy the bewildering awkwardness of being a teenager and discovering the inner strength to fight for what you believe is right.

Enter to win one of ten signed copies of Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders. Send an email to Sourcebooks (teenfire@sourcebooks.com) with your name, company/school, address and grades/ages you work with by May 21. Ten lucky winners will be chosen by random drawing and notified by May 26, 2014.

With his finger on the pulse of contemporary teen life, his ability to craft a perfect teenage male voice, and adroit humor, Geoff Herbach is a YA writer to watch. He  is the award-winning author of Stupid Fast, Nothing Special and I’m With Stupid. His awards include the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, an ABA Best Books for Children Selection, and the Minnesota Book Award, among others.  Growing up, Geoff was both dork and jock. Sports calmed him. People caused him anxiety. Off-season, Geoff was prone to kummerspeck, which is a German word meaning weight gain due to nervous eating. Its literal translation is grief bacon. Geoff teaches writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.


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