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MVP*: Magellan Voyage Project Hardcover – November 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932425136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932425130
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6 - Adam Story, a palindrome-loving 12-year-old intellectual who yearns to travel, believes he has nothing more in store for him during the summer than 40 days of camp. When Prince Oh, the producer of the Magellan Voyage Project, shows up out of the blue and proposes to sponsor him in a challenge to journey around the world in just 40 days using surface transportation, Adam agrees. After all, there is a $4-million prize waiting for him if he succeeds. Little does he know that the MVP is competing with 23 other teams to win the Great Global Game. Adam finds himself having to avoid tranquilizer darts, trackers, and the dreaded Baron von Sheepsbottom. He meets various characters who help or hinder him, including the blue-haired Meredith of the Gagarin Voyage Project. The girl seems trustworthy, but of course she's also trying to win the game. While the dialogue is corny and Adam is much too savvy for his age, the story is a refreshing alternative to gritty contemporary stories or high-fantasy adventures. Children who enjoy wordplay will easily spot the palindromes sprinkled throughout. Humorous black-and-white cartoon illustrations in different sizes, many of them full page, enhance the text. - Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA
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Gr. 4-7. Adam Story longs to see the world, but he never imagines he will get the chance. Then, on his twelfth birthday, a mysterious stranger, Prince Oh, from the kingdom Babababab, visits and challenges Adam to circle the globe in 40 days--no flying allowed. Outfitted with an excuse for his mother (summer camp), special technogadgets, and plenty of money, Adam embarks on the trip of a lifetime. Soon, however, he finds out that things are more complicated than he imagined; he is part of a global game, racing against time and against 23 other kids, and dodging darts and some unsavory adults (dastardly Baron von Sheepsbottom) for a prize of $4 million. Evans' writing matches the lively pace of Adam's journey, and Adam's descriptive narrative makes for a fast-paced, engaging read. Children looking for adventure, humor, and a bit of escapism will enjoy the intrigue, imaginative details, fantastical and familiar locales, and the quirky characters. Occasional black-and-white, cartoonlike pictures illustrate the text. Shelle Rosenfeld
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More About the Author

Douglas Evans the author of children's books, plays, poems, comics, and music. His books include MVP*:Magellan Voyage Project, The Elevator Family, Apple Island, and the collections of classroom tales: Classroom at the End of the Hall, Math Rashes, and Mouth Moths. He holds a master's degree in education and has taught for twenty years in settings ranging from a small logging town in Oregon to international schools in Helsinki and London. He currently lives in Berkeley, California. Find out more about his books, plays, and music on his Web Site at: http://www.wtmelon.com/

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Very engaging read and has great depth for teaching!
K. Frock
I read this book in fourth grade and it is definately the best book i've ever read!
D. Wasilewski
That is because this book is very interesting and I never want to put it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this book this year in fifth grade because it is one of the Rebecca Caudill Award picks. I think it's very exciting and well-written. It's about a boy who must travel around the world in forty day by land and sea only to win a big prize! It becomes a real adventure. Read this book! Not five stars because the last chapter was confusing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Mantych on February 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I think MVP by Douglas Evans was a very suspenseful book that captivated my attention and interest until the very end. Readers who enjoy exotic books will like this adventerous fiction tale of MVP. This time seeking book is about Adam Story and other twelve-year-olds racing around the world, with no adults, in forty days or less. If you reach home base traveling by land and water only, you recieve $4 million. Adam gets challenged by Prince Olioli Oh to travel for his Magellan Voyage Project in the Great Global Game. On a scale from 0-5, I would give this outrageous story a 5 star rating. I would give MVP a 5 star rating because it made me feel like I was a player in the competition, trying to race around the world in 40 summer days! If you like traveling, learning new things, and are up for a competition, pick up a copy of MVP, the worldwide journey of twelve-year-olds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mirka M. Breen on April 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In this can't-put-it-down caper, twelve year olds from around the globe compete to circle the earth in forty days or less. What kid hasn't dreamt this dream? Part thriller, as more previously hidden details become known, part strategic game a la copmuter games, and a whole lot of exotic travel- made this book irresistable. My eleven year old boy and his eight year old sister loved it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the best adventure book I've ever read. I'm glad my teacher suggested that I read it. It's about a boy who tried to go around the world in 40 days. But there are many people who are trying to stop him. If you like traveling and adventure, MVP: Magellan Voyage Project is a book you should read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
MVP

Douglas Evans

231 pages

Brandon Sjursen

Flashing before your eyes, a sterilizing dart penetrates your arm. Scary huh? Well this is only one of the things that Adam Story, a 12 year old kid, who has a challenge to travel the world in 40 days. Wow that must take a lot of time.

In MVP I can see how the author, Douglas Evans, can choose the title because he's known to have very adventuress stories that are most exiting. Also I can see how he picked out the title because it's a race to the finish and in the end you get a prize a big one too.

Well this 12-year-old kid takes the MVP challenge and as he goes he will have a difficult time getting through the task to go around the world in 40 days. Wow that's a short amount of time to go around the world.

Like for example one of the difficulties is he runs into these people and they capture him in his wonderful adventure around the world. The problem is he only has 40 days to go across the world. So in this detention center you have to stay in there for 3 days and that makes it even difficult to get around the world.

Also the Authors theme was better than other books because it doesn't have chapters it has time zones and they say where they are and you don't get lost because the time zones were just amount of pages. Also it makes you want to read on and on because it always ends with a twist and you want to know what happens next.

Well if you hadn't read this I would recommend this book because it always ends with a twist also it also adventuress and if you did read this I recommend one of the authors other books like Apple Island and if you didn't read this book I would because he has very adventuress and exiting story about traveling around the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kennedy19 on April 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is an amusing bit of unlikely fluff for kids in maybe 4th or 5th grade. Adam is a lonely computer geek who immediately finds out he has been chosen by a mysterious sultan of some sort to travel around the world in forty days (planes aren't allowed.) Off he goes, but it soon turns out that he is in competition with other kids his age who are doing the same thing in a high stakes game, not to mention obstructionist spies and dart-shooting fiends. Independent-minded Adam is soon at odds with both his protectors and his persuers, and it's hard to know who to trust as he buses, trains, and boats it around the world. This fast-paced narrative, filled with many plot devices and countries to keep track of, is necessarily cursory as far as the places the kid goes, the people he meets, and how he feels. But it's an engaging idea for an ephemeral (soon-to-be-dated) fantasy all the same, and will probably fill a few afternoons for some young fans who will be rewarded for their trouble with high adventure and occasional witticisms.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Wasilewski on October 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this book in fourth grade and it is definately the best book i've ever read! NOTE: i am only ten this is my mom's account.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We are studying the world in fifth grade, so our teacher read us this book. I loved it, so I had to write this review. A twelve-year boy gets challenged by Prince Olioli Oh to travel around the world in forty days by land and ocean only. Adam starts off on his adventure, and so much happens. At times it was confusing to keep track of where he was, so I'm glad we learned about some of the countries he went through such as France, Finland, Russia, Japan, and Hong Kong. (He had to go backwards for a reason!) I also liked the list Adam made. I just bought this book, so I can read it again!
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