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The Mad Scientists' Club

The Mad Scientists' Club

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by Bertrand R. Brinley

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The boys are back in a 50th Anniversary Edition, with text restored from the original manuscripts.

A strange sea monster appears on the lake ...a fortune is unearthed from an old cannon ...a valuable dinosaur egg is stolen. Watch out as the Mad Scientists turn Mammoth Falls upside down!

Take seven, lively, "normal" boys -- one an inventive genius --


The boys are back in a 50th Anniversary Edition, with text restored from the original manuscripts.

A strange sea monster appears on the lake ...a fortune is unearthed from an old cannon ...a valuable dinosaur egg is stolen. Watch out as the Mad Scientists turn Mammoth Falls upside down!

Take seven, lively, "normal" boys -- one an inventive genius -- give them a clubhouse for cooking up ideas, an electronics lab above the town hardware store, and a good supply of Army surplus equipment, and you, dear reader, have a boyhood dream come true and a situation that bears watching.

In the hands of an author whose own work involved technological pioneering, the proceedings are well worth undivided attention, as the boys explore every conceivable possibility for high and happy adventure in the neighborhood of Mammoth Falls. To the unutterable confusion of the local dignitaries -- and the unalloyed delight of Bertrand Brinley's fans -- the young heroes not only outwit their insidious rival, Harmon Muldoon, but emerge as town heroes. Here, captured under one cover, are the fun-filled escapades of the young scientists whose exciting capers debuted in Boys' Life fifty years ago.

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Purple House Press
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Mad Scientist Club Series
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Dinky Poore didn't really mean to start the story about the huge sea monster in Strawberry Lake. He was only telling a fib because he had to have an excuse for getting home late for supper. So he told his folks he'd been running around the lake trying to get a closer look at a huge, snakelike thing he'd seen in the water, and the first thing he knew he was too far from home to get back in time.

His mother and father greeted the tale with some skepticism. But Dinky's two sisters were more impressionable, and that's how the story really got out. They kept pestering him for so many details about the monster that he had to invent a fantastic tale to satisfy them. That's one of the troubles with a lie. You've got to keep adding to it to make it believable to people.

It didn't take long for the story to get around town, and pretty soon Dinky Poore was a celebrity in Mammoth Falls. He even had his picture in the paper, together with an "artists conception" of the thing he'd seen. It was gruesome-looking -- something like a dinosaur, but with a scaly, saw-toothed back like a dragon. Dinky was never short on imagination, and he was able to give the artist plenty of details.

It was the artists' sketch in the newspaper that got Henry Mulligan all excited. Henry is First Vice President and also Chief of Research for the Mad Scientists' Club and is noted for his brainstorms. Neither Henry nor anyone else in the club actually believed Dinky had seen a real monster, but we were all willing to play along with the gag -- especially when Henry suggested that we could build a monster just like the one shown in the newspaper.

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Mad Scientists Club 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Jefferson_Thomas More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite books! I first discovered it when I was ten, in 1965, just a few years after it came out. If you've ever outwitted any of the grown-ups in your life, you'll love this book! Be sure to get a copy with the original illustrations by Charles Greer; his drawings are funnier than anyone else's, and better capture the spirit of the seven early-teens maniacs who so effortlessly turn the whole town upside down. I think my favorite story is the one about the haunted house. The funniest overall is probably the one about the old cannon -- I still laugh every time I think about the Town Council meeting! And unquestionably the funniest line is, "Will you promise not to bite me?"! You'll laugh til you're gasping for breath! In short, READ THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The copy of the book I read was published in 1973, 11 years before I was even born. Needless to say I fell in love with our seven semi-mad geniuses. Most people say that it's a boys' book, but this girl enjoyed the madcap capers over and over again. I'm 20 now, but I still pull out the taped together copy and read it. I read 'The Strange Sea Monster of Stawberry Lake' to my 5-year old sister, and she now askes me to read it to her, insted of wanting to watch TV. I cannot wait to get the other adventures of our beloved Mad Scientists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. I love the expressions, stories, boys and everything else! These stories about seven boys are the best. It's funny, adventurose and scientific. If you're going to read a book read this one!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh to go back to 1969 again... This book is the original adventure/sci fi/everything kids book there is.I can't wait to get them all for my children as I am sure they will love them. They are pure classics that have somehow not received the merit they so richly deserved. The mad scientists club inspired all my friends and myself to do as they did. Gosh! what a book! The only thing is it is now ONLY available in Hardcover new. It was originally published as a softcover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Mad Scientist Club is a selection of some of the funniest and interesting stories you will ever read. I first read them as a child. I was so impressed with the book that I kept it for my children from the time I was 12 years old! The stories involves a group of young geniuses and their adventures. The Flying Man of Mammouth Falls is so funny that I laugh until I cry every time I read it, even after 35 years. I am so excited that I can now purchase a new edition. A new selection of stories by the original author is to be published in 2002.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes kids to a new level of imaginination - not fantasy, but real. I received the original book in grade school right after it came out. I couldn't put it down. I don't know how many times I read it before going to college. The thought of a bunch of boys creating a sea monster in Strawberry Lake, or solving the mystery of the bank robbery is so hysterically funny. Well, somehow it got lost or given away. When I found out it was being re-released, I bought it, (and the New Adventures of the Mad Scientists Club, and The Big Kerplop). My wife thought I was nuts. I told her it was my favorite book growing up and I had to have it. I read all three cover to cover as soon as I could. It brought back all my childhood memories of reading those far out stories of those seven boyhood adventurers. After almost 35 years, I still get a kick out of it. I'll read them for my grandchildren when they're old enough. After all these years, if there are lessons to be learned from this book, they are that 1) Children of all ages are just as imaginative and creative in solving problems as adults, 2) Children are more intelligent than we give them credit for, and 3) Adults aren't as intelligent as they like to think they are. Many thanks to the author's family for re-releasing this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was a boy. I read it until the cover was falling off. I read it late at night under the covers with a flashlight. I found it recently, battered and barely held together with tape, and gave it to my 8 year old son. He too fell in love with it. We talk about the stories and the characters. I remember the plots and details as if I read them yesterday. I remember Henry and his band of scientists like they are old friends. When I found him reading it last night in his bed, I couldn¿t get after him. The pages were falling out as he turned them, so I went to check the web to see if I could find a copy in better repair. And there it was. Re-released. And two new volumes as well. I bought them without question. The only question will be which one of us reads them first. Any child with an inquisitive mind will want to read and reread these stories. And they will read them again with their own kids someday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read The Mad Scientist Club several times when I was a kid. I just bought a copy for my son. What happened to all those fun books like Henry Reed, Inc. and Henry Huggins? We need knows those books so kids can learn to be kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember reading The Mad Scientists' Club aloud with my dad and mom as a child. We'd alternate chapters, pausing only long enough for the laughter to subside. Later I re-read the book it in my mid-twenties, simply for nostalgia's sake. I discovered that the humor had lost none of its charm, and that the characters were still the same gang of ornery, creative geniuses that I'd remembered from youth. So much fun, and such a great introduction to reading. It's not tragic or soul-searching or brilliant prose; it's BETTER than all of these things: it's a page-turning series of adventures -- almost a '50s-era Tom Sawyer -- that celebrates intelligence, curiosity, and youthful imagination. Order this fantastic book for every child you know. (And don't miss The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club, either!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
chris d'angelo More than 1 year ago
Thay have to have more