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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Series: Puffin Chapters
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141307080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141307084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-- Kelly is a third grader who solves problems by inventing playful and mischievous gadgets. A new student named Albert Einstein Jones turns out to be a problem as well as a major rival for her title as class "gadget whiz." They begin a full-scale war of inventions--from the "pants-wetter" to food-fight catapults, which result in an orange throwing incident in the school cafeteria. Although the preposterous events and gimmicks are exaggerated to elicit humor, readers of short chapter books will enjoy the silliness. A mention of some factual information about famous inventors is integrated into the text. This is a lightweight additional title for libraries that never seem to have enough books for easy-reader graduates. --Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

When Albert Einstein Jones joins Kelly's third grade, it's ``hate at first sight'': proud of her status as class inventor, Kelly meets his competitive zeal with rancor that escalates as each attacks the other with not-so-ingenious pranks involving smelly goo, food catapults, etc. But when the orange that Kelly slings at Albert hits the principal by mistake, the resourceful Albert covers for her--with the unexpected result that he gets the blame. Kelly is honest enough to tell the principal what really happened; left alone together in detention, she and Albert go through a classic disarmament, alternately dropping their gadgets into the trash one by one, and decide that ``making peace is definitely nicer than making war.'' Too broadly drawn to strike adults as funny, but the intended audience will enjoy the slapstick and may absorb the not-so-subtle message. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Betsy Duffey began writing in 1990 and has published over twenty children's books, including a number of popular series. Her books have been Junior Library Guild selections, Crown Award nominees, and have been nominated for state awards in over twenty states including the California Young Reader Medal, the Texas Bluebonnet Award and the Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award. Her books have been Parent's Choice and Children's Choice selections. Betsy's books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Danish, and included in numerous book clubs.

Betsy lives with her husband, Bill, and puppy, Arlo, in Atlanta. She currently writes with her sister, Laurie Myers. You can visit them at their facebook page: Writing Sisters or at writingsisters.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keli Vargo on June 26, 2000
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My 3rd-grade class all got to read this book because it's short and fun. It is on our Accelerated Reader list, and we all loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 28, 2006
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This is our first book by this author, but it won't be the last! It tells the story of Kelly, a clever third grader who excels at designing and making gadgets for any purpose. She is regarded highly by her classmates and teacher until a new student joins the class -- a boy who not only designs gadgets himself, but almost instantly gets the class laughing AT Kelly. How their gadget war escalates, and how it's eventually resolved, is handled brilliantly by the author. Duffey not only shows creative problem solving, but she adds a little philosophy, too -- all still accessible to the early reader! With humor and thought, Kelly grows up a little and makes a new friend.

This is fun for students and people who read to students, and the plot revolves around a female protagonist who can still appeal to boy readers.

Highly worthwhile and extremely enjoyable, at 75 pages of large type, this is a great introduction to longer fiction for young readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joan E. Aitken on January 13, 2008
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Series book. 3rd grade chapter book.

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Kelly Sparks makes points with her classmates because she is the gadget whiz. When a new boy comes to the school, he calls himself the "read" gadget whiz. The two begin a gadget war, each trying to out-do the other. When the pair get into trouble for hitting the principal with an orange, they discover the real reason for rules--not hurting others--and that the "mean" principal has a sense of humor and is a real person.
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While the book does not directly teach your kids any pranks, it gets their creativity flowing. After reading this, my oldest son thought it would be funny to send me an email at work, when he knew I would be giving a presentation and the email title would show up in my lower left corner of my laptop, which I was projecting to a group of coworkers. So while i'm discussing the state of the financial market, this email pops up in my lower left corner saying "Hey, I need my toenail clippers back". Coworkers got a chuckle... those crazy kids!
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By David Cavanaugh on December 24, 2013
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You should read The Gadget war! It is an amazing book about this girl named Kelly who loves inventing until a boy named Albert comes and thinks that he is better at inventing than her!
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