"Jake Bowers Versus the Firebird" on Kindle. While other kids ride their bikes, Jake is learning to fly on a carpet. They're playing video games, he's being hunted by cyborg-scorpions. They face popularity contests, he is in a face-off with a Firebird. But Jake is not alone. Other kids at Hale Junior High are finding that the world is quite unusual. They must work together to save Jake's Uncle and search history to uncover their futures.