RoboTales is a series that my son, Luke, and I have been working on since 2011 when he was in fourth grade. It’s an intermediate chapter book series, specifically for readers ages 7-13 or in grades 3-7. Each book is approximately 100 pages long.
These stories are fractured fairy tales in a science fiction or fantasy setting and follow the journey of Robo the robot dog as he travels through the Upeero Solar System, trying to find out who he is and the mission he was designed for. Readers gather clues in each story to help them find out where Robo will travel to in the next book. Each RoboTales adventure has a theme represented by a motto the main character lives by or learns through the course of the story. The print books also include Robo’s Science Facts, which give a do-it-yourself science experiment that relates to the story.
"The theme of the story, recycle and create, is timely. The structure, based on the traditional Cinderella tale, is nicely paced, with lots of good action and plot twists, and the all-male cast is unusual and a welcome addition. A race with hand-built, recycled vehicles is an excellent substitute for a ball, and gives the authors the chance to include exciting specifics about piecing together machines and technology. The prize of a scholarship to the Invention Institute will hopefully let readers know that higher education can be more than just essay-writing. The book finishes with the cleverest question-and-answer pages I’ve ever seen—ones that children will actually want to fill out." —judge, Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Mardok and the Seven Exiles
Gather clues in each RoboTales story to find out where Robo is going next!
Strange things are happening at the Space Force Military Academy. General Gruss believes the Ice Beast is responsible and asks cadet Riv Mardok to hunt down the menace.
Mardok, always eager to “protect the helpless,” accepts the quest, but when he finds himself trapped, alone in the forest, his bravery isn’t enough to save him. Mardok has no choice but to call for help.
The question is: will anyone answer?
Map for the Series
Here is our map for the RoboTales series. Many people know that I’m obsessed with maps, so I had to draw one to go with the RoboTales stories. Each book will take Robo to at least one of the planets in the Upeero System.