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Young Adult Fiction Humorous

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

by (author) Prudence Shen

illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

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Initial publish date
May 2013
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2021
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2021
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2013
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12


You wouldn't expect Nate and Charlie to be friends. Charlie's the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But they are friends, however unlikely—until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms—but not both.
It's only going to get worse: after both parties are stripped of their funding on grounds of abominable misbehavior, Nate enrolls the club's robot in a battlebot competition in a desperate bid for prize money. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving to illicitly enter a televised robot death match? Of course!
In Faith Erin Hicks' and Prudence Shen's world of high school class warfare and robot death matches, Nothing can possibly go wrong.

About the authors

Prudence Shen's profile page

Faith Erin Hicks draws and writes comics in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her works include The War at Ellesmere, Brain Camp and Friends with Boys.

Faith Erin Hicks' profile page


  • Unknown, YALSA Top Ten GN
  • Long-listed, YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens
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  • Long-listed, YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens

Editorial Reviews

“Smart and funny; don't miss this one.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This story has everything: basketball, dastardly cheerleaders, a robot rumble, conniving geeks, a house party, family drama, student body council elections, and a tiny sliver of romance.” —Booklist, starred review
“I love Hicks' artwork and I'm excited to see what new author Shen has in store. ” — GEEKDAD blog
“Sounds like my kind of thing!” —Cory Doctorow,
“The very first strip is a grabber.” —Heidi MacDonald, THE
“This lightweight romp could be just the ticket for latecomers to comics and GNs.” —BCCB

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