Archer & Zowie: a sci-fi book about friendship

"Hans Bluedorn has encapsulated childhood imagination at its fullest."-- DeAnna Squire, Reedsy

Author of The Fallacy Detective has written again. This time, he tackles friendship and self-esteem for kids using his comedy-of-the-absurd humor.


A middle-grade sci-fi book about Archer and Zowie: Two best friends who, after some inventing in the kitchen using a permanent marker and a little anti-matter, are surprised to find that the microwave oven can now:


Mash up and chew on the whole universe in less than a second.


Order sandwiches.


Wants to kill them.


Archer and Zowie is a science fiction adventure taking two best (but very opposite) friends on a wild journey through space in their homemade spaceship. They battle dark matter, babysitters, teleporting microwaves, giant penguin aliens, and even the author of this book to come out on the other side…still friends.


The right friends can free us to be ourselves.


Children will learn:

  • Astronomy, geography, physics, and other bits of science.

  • Vocabulary to feed the imagination.

  • Friendship. Being friends with somebody who sees the world differently is hard, but rewarding.

  • Self-esteem and identity. Learning to see yourself and like who you are.

Archer and Zowie has the character of Beverly Cleary's Romona Quimby, with the wild imagination of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.


Other inspirations were Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, Madeleine L' Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.


"Archer and Zowie has a flair of personality that can sometimes be hard to find. It manages to be both simple and complex at the same time, making it a great pick for young to advanced readers."--Amanda B


Buy Archer and Zowie here!


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