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The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable Hardcover – January 25, 2011
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''A quirky look at Americana that will engage curious minds . . . Those looking for a fun and suspenseful read similar to those from Pseudonymous Bosch will not be disappointed.'' --Booklist
''Dan Gutman is a funny man and a prolific writer, and the Genius Files, his latest excursion into early teen adventure and absurdity, will likely find an immediate audience . . . A page turner.'' --Children's Literature
''Encouraging readers to follow along, Gutman tucks Google Map directions and small photographs into the margins while salting his tale with coded messages and rousingly icky brangles . . . along with his usual generous measures of quick action and snarky repartee.'' --Kirkus Reviews
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Here's my problem - I hope my twelve year old is responsible enough to see these are bad decisions - but several times the twins go with complete strangers who claim to be saving their lives - actually get in a car with them at one point. Next when they are told they are part of this secret government project - they are informed they can never tell anyone about it - even their parents - or their families lives may be threatened - OK big red flag - who wants their kid reading a book that says you have to keep secrets from your parents. I actually stopped right there to explain that you NEVER keep secrets from your parents (even if the supposed person says they will hurt them if you tell). You always need a parents judgement to help you make decisions when you are twelve. My kid said, "I know Mom" - but still it just gave me an uneasy feeling about the book in general.
So if you don't mind the message to kids that secrets and strangers are ok - then it is an entertaining read - but I would read it with your child and remind them that these are not good choices.
"The Genius Files: Mission Impossible" by Dan Gutman is a book with a lot of potential, fun, engaging but I have to admit, for younger children, this may go way over their heads.
The book is about two twins, Coke and Pep McDonald and as they prepare for their family vacation cross-country (which both are dreading), while walking home, they notice a man in black driving behind them, following them with a golf cart.
At first, they figured it was just an old man driving but when Pep's female intuition starts to kick in, her brother Coke knows its bad and both start running away from the man. A mysterious woman named Mya shows up out of nowhere, gives them flight suits and tells them to jump off the cliff or else they will die and tells them that their life is in danger. The next thing you know it, more men and black show up and Mya tries to defend the kids. She ends up getting hit by darts and the kids have nowhere to go but to jump off a cliff.
The two can't believe they are flying through mid-air but now know their lives are in danger for some reason.
Well that reason is because the two happen to be genius. After 9/11, a scientist who was working at the Pentagon right after the accident was working on a program in which younger children who are geniuses were sought out and would be used for a government program.
What is Coke and Pep's tie to the program? And why do people want them dead?Read more ›
A secret government program has labeled Coke and Pepsi McDonald as "genuis" material. Despite their parents carelessly throwing away their enrollment papers, Coke and Pepsi are practically forced to join. Being attacked by "bowler dudes" and a vindictive health teacher, the twins narrowly escape situations with their life. Thankfully, they have Bones and Mya to look after them along the way. On their cross country RV tour to their aunt's wedding, they encounter many quirks and tourist traps in the American landscape. Often, they use these features or aspects of these features to their advantage later. Any time the twins pick something up, they later use it to their advantage.
I appreciated the secret codes given in the book with author realistically documenting the metacognition of the twins as they tried to solve the codes. I must admit that I did not solve all of the codes until the answer was presented. The codes added a nice dimension to the book.
The villain that masterminds the plot against Coke and Pepsi is a sinister surprise. The author leaves the door open just enough for the sequel. Where will the road take our friend with the soft drink monikers? I can not wait to find out in the sequel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In the book, Pepsi wanted to get lowered into boiling fries that almost burnt them t odeath and then they were kidnapped by a high speed roller coaster. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amaze!!!!! I love that the thee book starts off with a bang!!!! If you like books that are funny and crazy this is the book for you! ; )Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this to my son in 2012 and he we both enjoyed it. Now, approx 2 years later, he has read it again on his own and continued with the rest of the series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trosado
I loved this book and I can totally see 10 year olds enjoying it too. It's funny and mildly suspenseful.Published 5 months ago by mooncompass
My mom got this book for me to try it out, and when I was three pages into it I knew I was going to love this book and the rest of the series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michele Petrilli
These books are electronic not paper it won't even allow me to cancel the order.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 6th grader boy's favorite series. He loves the facts mixed into the fiction and the plot twists.Published 7 months ago by S. Newby