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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Series: Secret Science Alliance
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599903962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599903965
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3-7–Julian Calendar, 11, is a supersmart transfer student trying desperately to fit in at his new middle school. Just when he starts to believe that he'll never find his place, he discovers two other brilliant minds and together they form the Secret Science Alliance. These three braniacs create their own book of blueprints for such cunning creations as the stinkometer, sticky and dangerous gluebombs, and the flying Kablovsky Copter. However, their blueprints are stolen by evil Dr. Stringer, who has plans for them. Davis's first long-form comic is packed full of detail down to every minute tool in the Alliance's workshop, and the flying words and panels move the story at a quick pace. Davis's creativity is evident from the myriad gadgets and schemes of the story. Children will see, through these inventions and the triumph of the protagonists, that science can be cool.–Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT END --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Eleanor Davis received a Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor award for her first children's book, Stinky. This is her first full-length graphic novel. She lives and works with her boyfriend, Drew Weing, in Athens, Georgia.

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The amount of detail in the drawings was impressive.
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It's hard to find books that will entertain and enlighten young readers, but "The Secret Science Alliance" does both very well.
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We go to the library every week and get new books to read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
You know a book's gotta be good when the first thought that enters your brain after reading it is, "I bet this took the author YEARS and YEARS to finish!" If you're reading a novel then it's probably a good bet you thought that because the story is long and convoluted. But if you think it about a graphic novel, there's really only one reason for that. It must be heavily detailed, complicated, well written, and intense. Meet The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook then. A little book that, at the outset, didn't interest me much. The cover failed to lure me in and the title was meh all over. It really wasn't until my boss handed it to me to read that I decided to give it a go and see whether it was worth checking out. I'm so glad he did too since this is one of the most eye-popping, ambitious, intelligent graphic novels for kids I've seen in a long time. And I can guarantee you that it's like nothing your children have ever seen before.

When Julian Calendar starts school in a new town he is determined to fit in. No longer shall he be unceremoniously dumped into garbage cans for the crime of being a nerd. No! Julian is determined to hide his intelligence and smarts for as long as it takes to fit in. His plans, as it happens, are thwarted when two of his classmates (a girl and a jock) discover his secret and let him in on one of their own. Unbeknownst to the population at large, these kids are science geniuses. With Julian as their third they begin "The Secret Science Alliance". But dark machinations are afoot. When their Invention Notebook is purloined and a local scientist of questionable morality takes credit for their inventions, they are determined to get their property back.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris on September 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
We picked up this book at the Decatur Book Festival without knowing anything about it. Both my boys read it and loved, loved, loved it! We were heartbroken that we hadn't gone to Ms. Davis' presentation since they missed the opportunity to meet her but of course, that was before we know how much they would enjoy the book. This ought to hit the children's best seller list.

What did they love about the book? The amount of detail in the drawings was impressive. Also, the side jokes that managed to be knowing but not cynical or snide. It is both a wise and an innocent book, at the same time. If you have brainy kids who sometimes think that they are out of step with the crowd, then they will find a hero in this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scifi/Fantasy Fan on November 10, 2009
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My son is in second grade and is an avid reader. I have a really hard time finding books that are not scary for him, yet are interesting and not girlie. He usually doesn't get to the end of the not scary "boy" books b/c he loses interest. This was a great find that was very engaging and he had me go on Amazon as soon as he was done to find the next one. That's when I found out it just came out. Let's hope the author is a fast writer. He especially loved the "inventions" and the secret hideout.
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Julian can't make any friends because no one appreciates an eleven-year-old science genius. It doesn't help that he looks like a stereotypical nerd with his glasses, small stature and orthopedic shoes. He's tormented by bullies at school and no one cares how smart he is. His scientific experiments are ignored and derided. To add insult to injury, even his parents don't get him. So when his family moves into a new town and he starts at a new school, he's determined to make some friends, no matter what the cost. He decides to act stupid.

Will acting stupid really get him friends? The ploy doesn't work, anyway. He can't stop himself from spouting his knowledge, and then he cowers in fear of what the other kids will do to him.

Much to his surprise, he makes friends. A girl he thought was a punk (Greta) and a boy he thought was a dumb jock (Ben) turn out to also be science geniuses. They form their own group: The Secret Science Alliance. Together they make inventions and jot down their ideas in a notebook. But what happens when the notebook goes missing and someone else steals credit for their work? And what if a person they once respected is the guilty party?

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook is a very fun and cute children's graphic novel. In fact, it can be enjoyed by people of all different ages, including adults. Julian's struggle to make friends, while shown in a funny way, is really sympathetic and understanding. Anyone who's had trouble forging friendships or shamed for their smarts can understand what he's going through. It's also great that smarts win in the end of this book, and Julian realizes it's okay to be a brainiac.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Hale on November 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
My scientific minded, eight-year-old son LOVES this book. The artwork is incredibly detailed and snappy, there's so much to look at! Lot's of fun. Bring on the sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 11, 2012
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We found this book at the library, but I am 90% sure we will be buying our own copy. The night we got it, my almost 8 year old read it TWICE and started in on it a THIRD time before I said, no, go to bed! Great graphic novel that makes being super smart super cool. I hope to see much more from this author!
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