Teens Discover Cool Science in Daniel P. Dennies’ New YA Novel

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Group of young schoolmates join forces in ‘Robot Wars in the City of Materials.’

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'Robot Wars in the City of Materials' has the right mixture of mystery, action, heroics, conflict, personality, STEM and relatable characters.

In the “Robot Wars in the City of Materials” (published by iUniverse), the new young adult novel by Daniel P. Dennies, a team of schoolmates prepare to compete in a robotics competition as rivals plan their destruction and a school secret threatens their success.

Science and technology permeate all aspects of daily life in the City of Materials, Jordan Steel’s new home. At his new school, the Roberts Academy, Jordan discovers the secret world of the Robotics Club and the awe-inspiring Robot Wars. Jordan and his new friends forge a team called the Warriors of the Old Republic. Together, they learn to depend on each other’s strengths to build a robot to compete in the Robot Wars.

But not everyone wants an underclassman team in the Robot Wars. Jordan and his teammates can’t be sure who their real friends are as they try to understand their new school, the secret Robotics Club and their competition. Even darker than their competitors’ intentions, however, is a secret housed in the halls of the Roberts Academy – a secret that seems drawn to Jordan and his friends.

Dennies hopes his book gets readers more interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). “STEM is the magic of our lives and most people do not even realize it,” he says. “Robot Wars in the City of Materials’ has the right mixture of mystery, action, heroics, conflict, personality, STEM and relatable characters.”

“Robot Wars in the City of Materials”
By Daniel P. Dennies, Ph.D., P.E., F.A.S.M.
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 238 pages | ISBN 9781491700006
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 238 pages | ISBN 9781475999990
E-Book | ISBN 9781491700013
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
As a metallurgical engineer, Daniel P. Dennies has worked on space projects like the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, military aircraft and commercial aircraft like the Boeing 787. He has worked with teachers and students at the ASM International Materials Camps, the Youth Motivation Task Force Program, and Big Brothers of America. He lives with his family in California.

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