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Top Secret Paperback – October 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316303631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316303637
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Reynolds Gardiner was born on December 6, 1944 in Los Angeles, California. Gardiner was told in high school that his grammar and spelling were so poor that he would never do well in college English. He didn't even read his first novel until he was 19. Gardiner also has a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of California in Los Angeles. He has written a number of other books as well, including Stone Fox and General Butterfingers.

Marc Simont is an artist, political cartoonist, and illustrator of more than a hundred children's books. Simont and his wife live in West Cornwall, Connecticut.


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A great book for readers who mysteries and science.
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I have been reading this book aloud to my classes for 20 years!
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The book was exciting because something was always happening.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Molly Grue on November 3, 2004
Format: Turtleback
When Allen Brewster, a fourth grader, decides to discover human photosynthesis for his school science project, his irritable teacher, Miss Green, calls his idea ridiculous and assigns a lipstick project instead. His parents are kind but unsupportive, but Allen is undeterred, especially when his tender and wise grandfather encourages him to pursue his research. Allen discovers that the biggest difference between hemoglobin and chlorophyll is that the former contains iron while the latter contains magnesium, so he decides to ingest foods that contain high levels of magnesium. He mixes salt water from an aquarium with peanut butter, Coco-Puffs, raw liver, and Mexican refried beans, runs the mixture through a blender, and drinks it. (Kids, don't try this at home!) After tinkering with his formula, he discovers that his skin has turned green, his taste buds have disappeared, he doesn't need to eat, and he craves sunlight. But then Allen faces numerous new obstacles. No one but his grandfather believes that he has discovered human photosynthesis. He gets aphids and starts sprouting roots. His crabby teacher ejects him from class and tells him not to come back until he looks like a normal human being. And once the government confirms that Allen has succeeded in discovering human photosynthesis, his project is classified as top secret, because it is a threat to national security! Will Allen ever be permitted to return to school? What will he do about the science fair? Will his nasty teacher ever get her comeuppance? This fast paced, funny book is very amusing, engaging, and highly recommended for reluctant readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DAKKAK on May 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was an extraordinary book about a kid named Allen Brewster. First, he had to go to school. Then his teacher Miss Greene makes her class do a science project for the science fair. Meanwhile Miss Greene makes Allen do it on lipstick because she thinks human photosythesis is imposible even though she has no reason why it's imposible. The next day Allen goes to the library to reasearch on human photosythesis and he discovers the ingredients to turning himself into a plant. He goes home and mixes the ingredients and drinks the formula. Next he wakes up and his skin is green. After that his mom takes him to school and Miss Greene thinks Allen has sray paint on. The they call his mom and Allen can't go back to school until he's not green. His mom said,"he could walk home." When he's walking home he passes by the newspaper building and tells the guy about him being a plant because his parents don't belive him only his grandpop does and he wants to prove to his parents that he is a plant. Now the presedint comes and he is trying to stop world starvation. And Allen's human photosythesis works to stop that. If you want to find out more you have to read TOP SECRET.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Top Secret is a very interesting yet funny book. The characters are amazingly funny. Have you ever heard of HUMAN PHOTOSYNTHESIS? Well you will now! Read this book and you'll find the best science project. Please read this book. P.S. Say that this is a useful review!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlyn on May 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
crazy! Exciting! The book was exciting because something was always happening.It is a story about a boy,Allen Brewster, who wants to do a science project on human phytosynesis.His teacher, Miss.Green doesen't like his idea and makes him do his project on lipstick. He figures he will do his project on human phytosynesis top secert. When he figures out the way to human phytosynesis but when he tells people no one belives him.his faces tons of adventures on the way like getting the president and growing roots. The book made me never what to stop ;it was exciting.I liked all the problems in the book.If he did one thing another problem always came up.It was an on going adventure.Getting sick is one thing but getting bugs is an another story. In conclusion this is one of the best books I ever read. I hope you read it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
my book ,top secert is a great book. some things i liked about top secert are ,for one it is very exciting and really funny too.a boy named allen is doing a project on human and plant photosynthesis,but his teacher mrs.green asigned him a project about lipstick. but becuase of his project about human and plant photosynthesis he has turned into a plant.but your going to figure out what happens at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
TOP SECRET

Hi my name is London. I am reading Top Secret by John Reyndds. The reason I picked this book is because it's funny when he turns green. It's also sad because his teacher Miss. Green told him to do a project on lipstick. He got mad, so he went to his room and thought to do something else for a science project. It was human photosynthesis!

My connections to this book are when he had a secret about a science project. For instance, my mom says not to shoot my gun, but I still do it. I recommend this book to my family because it's funny and interesting.
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A Kid's Review on May 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Human Photosynthesis! Thats Allen Brewsters great but wacky idea.
Allens mean science teacher Ms. Green wants him to do a project on lipstick. But Allen is still going to do his project on human photsynthesis. Will he flunk or solve the mystery?
How is he going to do it and why? Join the story of Allen Brewster in Top Secret by John Renolds Gardiner.
I recomend this book to science fiction lovers and people who want a good mystery. I liked this book because I love science fiction.
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