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Top Secret Paperback – October 1, 1995
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
In the beginning of the story the boy has to decide on a topic for his science fair project. Thus begins the struggle of him vs the teacher. He thinks he has the best possible topic and the teacher does not. Even though the teacher assigns him a different topic, he proceeds to do his on "Human Photosynthesis." After researching the topic of photosynthesis, he develops a concoction he feels surely will create human photosynthesis. He is his only guinea pig and the adventure begins. It is a story with him (and his grandpa) against everyone else. You will just need to read the book to find out how even the president of the USA gets involved.
Several class discussion both science related and about life can come about from this book. Thus it is an excellent read aloud and resource for critical thinking.
The one thing my class didn't like was the ending-they are calling for a sequel. They plan to write to Gardiner to ask for a follow-up. What happens to Miss Green? What happens to Allen?
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I always used this book as a read-aloud during our Plants unit. It's hysterical!! My classes always loved it.Published 5 months ago by RebeccaT
I use this book with my classes. It's funny and provides a good "look reading can be fun" opportunity. It's especially fun for those who understand what photosynthesis is.Published on June 12, 2014 by Pam
I'm not done with this book so I need more time to finish it. Appointed I need time to read itPublished on February 13, 2014 by Marie
It is a great book to read aloud to 3rd and 4th graders. A little "science" mixed in with a lot of funny situations!Published on November 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
For years I have read this book to my fifth grade students. It is a delightful story about a boy and his grandfather - their belief in his dreams and the comical way he proves his... Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by J K
I read this book when I was a child and now as I approach 28 not only do I still remember it, I just bought it for someone else my age! Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by ann marie digregorio
I have been reading this book aloud to my classes for 20 years! It is so well written and it keeps the students guessing about what will happen next. Read morePublished on May 30, 2009 by Barbara J. Taylor