Happy Thursday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for WELCOME TO DWEEB CLUB by Betsy Uhrig! I’m so excited because today I have an excerpt of the book to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so excited to for you to find out more about it, PLUS enter for a chance to win a print copy!
Welcome to Dweeb Club by Betsy Uhrig
Published on September 28, 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade
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What if a school club changed your life forever?
In the second week of seventh grade, Jason Sloan signs up for the brand-new HAIR Club. He and his friends have no idea what it’s about, but since they’re the first to sign up they figure they’ll be in charge in no time. The club turns out to be super weird: using fancy new equipment donated by a mysterious benefactor, the members are supposed to monitor school security footage. Their first assignment: find out what is stealing the cafeteria’s croutons.
Instead of the expected dark cafeteria, the computers show the club members something else entirely: actual footage of themselves as high school seniors, five years in the future! What on earth could be happening? Is it some kind of time warp, or alternate reality? Or is it just an un-funny prank? As they scramble to solve the mystery, they can’t help but notice something else—none of them like what they see five years from now. Is there any way to change the future—and their fates?
There were several things we could have done, none of them involving stealing a golf cart. But Vincent had already managed to shift the thing into drive, and it was starting to roll. Hoppy, Lara, and I scrambled aboard, and Lara actually told Vincent to “Floor it!”
I guess he did floor it, because we all lurched backward under the tiny g-force for a second. But “high speed” and “golf cart” are words you never see together for a reason. We pulled away from the curb and then started to putter along the lane at a leisurely-golf-outing pace.
The security guards didn’t seem eager to chase the runaway cart on foot. They climbed into the other one and started puttering along after us, yelling something we couldn’t really hear but was probably along the lines of “Stop!” and “Come back here!” The big one kept his original grim expression, but the small one was getting red and shiny in the face.
Picture the most ridiculous low-speed chase you can. Then add one inexperienced driver (Vincent), one extremely critical passenger-seat occupant (Hoppy), two—let’s be honest—sort-of-thrilled backseat passengers (Lara and Jason), two yelling uniformed men, and multiple speed bumps. I don’t know how long it would have gone on—both parties moving at top velocity (= slow), always about the same distance apart—if Hoppy hadn’t told Vincent to “Hurry up!” and Vincent hadn’t reached the golf course portion of our drive at the same time.
“I’m going to off-road it,” Vincent announced, and he jerked the steering wheel and headed out onto the impossibly smooth green grass of the golf course.
“They’re going to follow us, you know,” said Hoppy. “They’re in a golf cart too, you realize.”
“I think I can lose them,” said Vincent.
And then he got to say something in real life that most nerds only dream of. He said it in the perfect tone, with the exact right amount of seriousness. I’m just glad I was there to hear it.
“Evasive maneuvers!” Vincent cried.
Excerpted from Welcome to Dweeb Club by Betsy Uhrig with permission from Margaret K. McElderry Books. Copyright © 2021 by Betsy Uhrig.
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