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Kids will appreciate the book for its nonstop action and goofball humor. (School Library Journal)

About the Author

Dan Gutman has always been a baseball fanatic. He played in Little League as a kid, and one of the first magazine articles he ever sold explained the science behind the spitball, the scuffball, and corked bats. When he thought about the T206 Honus Wagner—the most valuable baseball card in the world—he began to write honus & me, his first Baseball Card Adventure.

Dan is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series, as well as the internationally bestselling My Weird School series.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Genius Files (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Genius Files edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006182769X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061827693
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is hard. I'm a pretty regular Jersey guy who spent fifteen years trying to write newspaper articles, magazine articles, screenplays, books for adults, and just about everything else before I discovered the one thing I'm good at--writing fiction for kids. I aim for kids who DON'T like to read, and hopefully the kids who DO like to read will enjoy my stuff too. For all the gory details about me, check out my web site.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on February 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Thirteen-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald are tangled in the midst of a terrible torture: a cross-country journey in an RV with their parents. They started out in California and are now about halfway through in Wisconsin. So far they have managed to survive, which is saying a lot. Not only have they been subjected to many weird and wacky (though interesting) tourist traps, like the world's biggest ball of twine and the Spam museum, there are insane people trying their hardest to kill them. Some may wonder why anyone would want to do such harm to two 13-year-olds, but Coke and Pep are no ordinary teenagers. They are part of a secret program called the Genius Files, and they have some major enemies.

The second leg of their journey takes the McDonald family from Spring Green, Wisconsin, all the way to Washington, D.C. Some of their fun stops this time include a look at the world's tallest man's pants, Michael Jackson's boyhood home, the world's largest collection of outhouses, a Chicago Cubs baseball game, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and (the best part) a day at the Cedar Point amusement park with awesome roller coasters. In between all of the sightseeing, somebody unknown keeps slipping them secret encoded messages. Now, while Coke has a photographic memory and is fast-thinking on his feet, Pep has real talent for deciphering codes. Each code is different, and some are harder than others, but Pep manages to figure them all out. Unfortunately, even after decoded, they don't make much sense.

Another unfortunate situation is that somebody keeps trying to kill the twins. First it's in a fake French fry museum where they are almost boiled in hot oil. Later, they're nearly frozen in ice cream, and then they come close to having their heads explode with extremely loud music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Balderas on April 1, 2012
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Dear Dan Gutman,
I really loved your book The Genius Files #1 and #2. They are very great books for Adults, Children, and Old people. You wrote very good books you are my favorite athour I hope you continue write more books. Dan Gutman you doing a great job and just remember to never give up.
sincerly,
Your BIGGEST fan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erik Merchant on January 3, 2013
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It was a amazing book with suspense and great detail. The twins find themselves in great trouble and epic escapes. It had a ending with a twist and cliff hanger
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom to Gman on December 3, 2012
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Purchased for my 4th grader, he is a picky reader but he read it in two days. We now have the third one pre-ordered as a Christmas present. I love the fact he can "interact" with the books, i.e. look up places and info. I love the author gets kids are reading and asks them questions and treats them like kids. I loved the books too. And when we went to visit DC we started a list of places they had been that we got to visit too!! Must have for readers, even picky ones!! I would suggest 3rd-5th grade depend on reading level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Coughlin on January 1, 2013
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I think this was a great book but the epilogue really shocked me that Herman Warsaw was still alive after the fall and what the newspaper said
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jason gredell on December 31, 2012
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In 3rd I read the first and second one when I was told that there was going to be another book in January I just couldn't wait to read it the first ones were amazing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelyn Susanto on December 29, 2012
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This book the GENIUS FILES: Never Say Genius
is so mysterious that I even read the first one, though I have to say, what happens in the third one?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C Herman on October 15, 2012
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This is one of the best books I ever read!!!!!!!!.the other one is the1st one I really recemend it to any one 6-100years old even though it is verry long.
Icant waight for the third book
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