The Gadget War

The Gadget War

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by Betsy Duffey, Janet Wilson
     
 

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Kelly Sparks is the undisputed gadget champ at Danville School. Then Albert Einstein Jones, an alumnus of Young Inventor's Camp, joins her class. Kelly could give up the gadget crown gracefully -but she'd much rather let the spitballs and smelly goo fly!See more details below

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Kelly Sparks is the undisputed gadget champ at Danville School. Then Albert Einstein Jones, an alumnus of Young Inventor's Camp, joins her class. Kelly could give up the gadget crown gracefully -but she'd much rather let the spitballs and smelly goo fly!

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Kelly Sparks sees the potential in things. A problem solver with forty-three inventions to her credit, Kelly is Danville School's undisputed "gadget wiz." That is until Albert Einstein Jones walks into her third-grade class. Wearing a Young Inventor's Camp T-shirt and trick cap, he spells trouble for Kelly. When Albert declares himself "the real gadget wiz," Kelly declares war. From their arsenals of crazy inventions, they zap each other with a Pants Wetter, a Spitball Cannon, Smell Gel, and the Slime Slinger. The conflict reaches a climax when Kelly deploys her Food Fight Catapult and Principal Hardeman becomes a "casualty" of war. Self-reflection, honesty, and trust pave the path to peace. The zany antics of the dueling inventors will probably tickle a young reader's funny bone. 2000 (orig. 1991), Penguin/Puffin Books, Ages 7 to 10, $13.99 and $3.99. Reviewer: Ellen R. Braaf—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141307084
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Chapters, Puffin Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
227,923
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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