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Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  39 reviews
"Everyone needs a little magic in their life."

Twelve-year-old Billy Bobble and his best friend Suzy Quinofski didn't mean to change the universe. Billy, a quantum physics prodigy, just wanted to find a way to help his hoarding, schizophrenic mother – and maybe impress a coven of older girls in high school. Suzy, his intellectual equal, wanted to help her friend and cling
Paperback, 190 pages
Published December 8th 2014 by Elephant's Bookshelf Press
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Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This was such a fun read!!

At the start it took me awhile to get into it simply because I didn't understand half of what Billy and Suzy were on about. I mean these kids are smart with a capital S!! When they started on about Quantum Physics etc, I was lost half the time, which is intimidating because this is a Middle Grade book!!! Lol. I mean Billy and Suzy are smart with a capital S!!! When Billy made the wand was when I finally got into it and enjoyed it.

Anyway, I felt for poor Billy, he is s
Kirstin Pulioff
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

If I hadn't known that R.S Mellette worked on movies and tv before, I would have known after reading Billy Bobble's Makes a Magic Wand. This book is a fast-paced story full of action, intrigue, and magic.

My inner geek smiled a lot while reading this book. Theories and ideas I had never heard of flew over my head... but at every mention, I grinned. I LOVE a book that tackles tough subjects, embellishes them and embraces it. These characters aren't afraid of challenges, facing a bunch bot
La La
Why did I like his book? SCIENCE! As well as making their way through school and family life, Billy and his best friend, Suzy, decide to make a "magic" wand (in a magical Quantum Physics sort of way). An entertaining, informative, and enlightening book about family, friends, and SCIENCE! This would be an excellent chapter a night family read for the older ages of Middle Grade readers, and younger YA age readers. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Sher A. Hart
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I knew when I read the blurb that I wanted to read this book in spite of a huge TBR pile; it spoke to my inner geek. Mixing science with magic made me “curioser and curioser,” yet the cover would have drawn me in if the idea hadn’t. Poor Suzy Quinofski, put in the (spoiler) room post (spoiler event) to explain fellow genius Billy Bobble’s magic wand (not a spoiler). The whole sequence of disastrous events comes out in a way to build sympathy for the two best friends, bully victims of multiple gr ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I liked: As terrible at anything to do with math and most sciences I was profoundly fascinated by the concept upon which this book was built. Magic being a very high prolific science. The way it was all explained though was easy to follow and understand, I could understand what these two twelve year old who were prodigies in science and knew terms and theories I had never heard of were saying. The story is fast paced and has very few moments where it slows down for a breather. That kept it ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw the cover of ‘Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand’ I really didn’t know what to expect. But the book description sounded very interesting so when I got the opportunity to read this book through CBB Book Promotions I immediately signed up.

‘Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand’ is from the very beginning a very interesting book. This book just doesn’t get boring. Billy Bobble is a twelve year old extremely smart kid. Together with his best friend Suzy Quinofski, who’s also extremely smart
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book. I am always on the look out for things that my son might want to read. He does not enjoy reading at all (which hurts my heart) but if it's interesting enough he will sit thought it with me. I think that he is going to enjoy this one.

I love stories about smart kids. I love it when they continue being who they are whether they are liked or not. We got to see the struggle that Billy and his best friend Suzy go through every day in High School trying to fit in. Through it all th
Katie Logonauts
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Billy Bobble and his best friend, Suzy Quinofski, are twelve-year old geniuses who find themselves facing the pressures of freshman year of high school combined with their hectic family lives. The book opens with Suzy being questioned about Billy's sudden disappearance in what appears, to the detectives, to be an attempt to blow up the school. Her interrogation frames the first half of the story as she relates the construction and use of the titular magic wand. The second half of the story cover ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand is an exciting and action packed adventure full of impressive science and amazing magic.

Billy and Suzy are brilliant children, so much so that the 12-year-old friends are already in high school. Billy is a quantum physics genius and Suzy specializes in DNA. Together they create a magic wand that yields more power than they could have ever imagined. Of course, "with great power, comes great responsibility" as well as great danger. There are those who will stop at n
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this fun action adventure story for middle grade readers. Billy Bobble and his friend Suzi are exceptionally smart students who are the youngest students in high school, due to skipping grades. Billy and Suzi deal with bullying, and Billy has issues at home with a mentally ill mom, and together they begin to discuss the idea of using science to explain magic. The story starts with Suzi at the police station trying to explain a strange explosion that occurred at school, and the d ...more
Kristen Chandler
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand is a mix of fantasy and science. Think Harry Potter meets the children’s version of the Big Bang Theory.

Billy and his best friend Suzy are super smart kids who are just trying get through high school. Yes, children in high school. Did I mention they are super smart?

Billy and Suzy think that a magic wand will be the answer to all of their problems. But playing with magic may turn out to be more than they bargained for.

My son and I loved this book! It is full of act
Kasey Cocoa
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, children-s
My son (10) and I love everything about this book. The first page draws the reader in and the rest keeps them hooked through the end. His first comment after we finished, "Can we get more books like this?" and wanting to get a copy for our library so his friends could read it. We both love the way this is written, the style is so refreshing and done in such a way that all ages and levels of reading interest will enjoy this read. The characters are so courageous and full of insight. We were smili ...more
Jan farnworth
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great middle grade novel that grabs you from the first page. Their a lot of stuff happening and it kept me turning pages just to see where the story was going. I like how the book is a bout a simple concept like a magic wand but more serious themes are easily woven into the story like bullying, parenting, and living in different types of environments. It a very cute book about surviving in high school and friendship. A great read for children as well as adults.
Barbara Short
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally read sci-fi – I had to read this for a friend – but the complex emotional relationships, like between Billy and his mother & brother, and Suzy and Billy, kept me engaged. Plus, it’s a fast, fun read.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, fiction, science
Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand begins with Suzy in a police station explaining how Billy disappeared....
"YOUR'E IN A LOT OF TROUBLE, young lady." Adults say the stupidest things sometimes. Of course 12-year-old Suzy Quinofski was in trouble. She sat in a police interrogation room covered in dirt and dried tears. Her fingers were cracked and bloody from digging in the ground. She looked like she'd just lost her best friend, because she had. The adult informing her of the obvious was Detective Ma
WOW. That is the first word that comes to mind when I think about how I felt reading this book - WOW. I was so pleasantly surprised - oh, let's be honest, it was more like blown away! - at the depth and complexity of this book, which I will admit I wasn't really expecting when I started. But boy oh boy, my expectations were surpassed in about the first, oh, 10 pages or so. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages who appreciate intelligence in their entertainment!

I am a sucker for boo
Ken Rahmoeller
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Billy Bobble is a twelve year old genius who’s a freshman in high school. His best friend is Suzy, another twelve year old genius who attends the same school. Together, they invent a magic wand that breaks the relationship between space and time, allowing them to make anything happen, provided they can imagine it correctly. And that isn’t always easy when you’re busy navigating through the perils of high school bullies, a coven of witches, and army generals. As you might expect, disastrous thing ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Billy Bobble and Suzy are hilarious characters. I loved them, separately and together. They are both geniuses in their own rights, Suzy in biology and Billy in physics.

Suzy has the advantage of being the daughter of an Army post general, who can pull strings and call shots…which they end up needing.

Billy’s life is the kind of life that kids try to hide from others due to embarrassment. He even tries to hide it from Suzy, even though she knows everything anyway. Those moments in the book broke my
Tonja Drecker
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Quantum physics, DNA and string theory are totally boring? Not when Bill Bobble and his best friend Suzy leave mundane mathematical formulas behind and head right into practical applications that throw the entire universe off balance. Billy manages to make every kid's dream come true, a magical wand that enables the impossible to become reality. Little does he know that he's not only blown all physical laws out of the water, but he's caught the attention of creatures, which were better left in t ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I think this would have been a book that I would have liked a lot when I was younger. There's a lot of action and suspense, and it's overall a pretty entertaining read. I'm seeing it labeled as a children's book, but personally I think that it would work better in the young adult genre, because there are a lot of smart explanations and science bits that might be a bit off putting to a younger reader.

This book is a relatively short one at about 200 or so pages, but it's not necessarily a quick r
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand by R. S. Mellette is a tantalizing tale of how two 12 year old child prodigies work together using their math and science knowledge/theories to create a magic wand to help in life's many challenges. However, when Billy tries out the wand at the high school they are attending, an explosion occurs and Billy vanishes! Suzy Q, his cohort in the creation, is taken into custody by the police and interrogated as if she were the perpetrator! When Billy suddenly reappears ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Billy Bobble and Suzy Quinofski have been bullied since childhood, due to their staggering intellectual abilities—which unite them as friends. Now twelve year olds in high school, Billy and Suzy have found marginal social acceptance, particularly because Billy sells homework answers to athletes and other struggling students. Until one day, partly in response to his difficult home life, Billy causes an explosion at school and seemingly vaporizes. Suzy is taken in for questioning and the police do ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Billy Bobble is a twelve year old genius and so is his friend Suzy. They invent a magic wand that breaks the relationship between space and time, allowing them to make anything happen, provided they can imagine it correctly.

While the story is great, the beginning is full of Quantum Physics and lots of detail, that in itself can be hard for a kid to understand. Billy makes the deadliest weapon ever. When Billy demonstrates the wand he accidentally blows up some of the school. He has to figure ou
Lisa Foster
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
MY REVIEW: Imagination is needed for the adult! It is an easy read for the child as it is made for fun and adaptable for their level as it also relates to school. YEAH that yucky world they hate but it is their world for"WORK". However, kids relate to it and in this book, the author makes it sound somewhat fun, boring, exciting at times, and even whacko. Yeah, don't you kinda of wish you went there! I never was that smart to ever think of making magic wands and entering another level of the univ ...more
Ju Ephraime
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into the story, but as I got through the first three chapters, things started to look better. This is a book where the main characters are exceptionally smart kids, IQ of two-hundred and ten, so the dialogue and vocabulary were up there. Not to mention the fact that Billy had a business going on at school for which he got paid good money. This is a great book for middle grade kids who are above the ordinary. I especially liked the fact that the author wrote a dual plot, ...more
Cindy Barton
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Billy and Suzy are extraordinary kids. Their I.Q.s are extremely high and the telling of the story is above what I think kids that age are going to understand and enjoy. I enlisted my 10 year old to read along with me. On the fifth chapter, he bowed out. I am in no way saying that the story wasn't good, it was very well written and enjoyable for me. My son had to keep asking what is that, what does that mean and just spacing out. So I am saying it is for kids older than 10, maybe a 14 year old a ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
A Fast-paced story full of action, science and magic. A delightful read!
I was smiling a lot while reading this book. My 10yrs old son enjoy it more than me and we have a bit of discussions about the theories and ideas presented on the book. He loves sciences and this book was right up his alley. He identify well with the characters which make the book engaging for him. The characters are very likable and very smart.
I was hooked from the beginning, because the way the book is written remind me o
Susan Slacky Faatz
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Billy Bobble Makes A Magic Wand by R.S. Mellette is a very well written and interesting book. I am into books about magic and was not disappointed with this one. It has great characters in Billy Bobble and his friend Suzy Quinofski. There is also lots of action anhd suspense, along with family drama. Doesn't every family have some? It also has stuff about parenting and bullying. Both young and old can enjoy this book

If you are into science and magic this book is deffinately for you. It has them
Tara Looney
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-5-read-aloud
In this quaint adventure of two middle grade geniuses, Mellette does a great job of combining magic and science in a way that makes both somewhat understandable.

Suzy and Billy are destined to be best friends (possible soul mates). Their almost equal IQ, makes it equally difficult to make friends in their public school. Billy’s schizophrenic mom doesn’t help matters either.

When they decide to make a magic wand to try help Billy’s Mom get better, they get into a much bigger dilemma than they ant
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book was a surprisingly awesome read for both my son and me. It is action-packed, fun-filled, with the right mix of magic and science elements. Besides sparking the reader's imagination, the story also teaches important life lessons about friendship, fitting in, peer pressure, anti-bullying, and the power of knowledge. The book was well written with kid-friendly humor and also motivates young readers to explore the fun of learning. I'd highly recommend it to middle graders and beyond.

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Robert Mellette has written, directed, designed and acted in theatre, film and television for over 30 years. His credits in various jobs include XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, BLUE CRUSH, and his own JACKS OR BETTER, which won Dances With Films Best Screenplay award in 2000. He has been working with the festival ever since.

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