Mission Unstoppable (Genius Files Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

In eight days, Coke and Pepsi McDonald are going to turn thirteen.

Before then, they'll jump off a cliff, get trapped in the locked basement of their burning school, chased cross-country by murderous lunatics, left for dead in the pit of a sand dune, forced to decipher mysterious coded messages, thrown into a giant vat of SPAM, and visit the world's largest . . . ball of twine!

There's more, but if we told you...

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Mission Unstoppable (Genius Files Series #1)

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Overview

In eight days, Coke and Pepsi McDonald are going to turn thirteen.

Before then, they'll jump off a cliff, get trapped in the locked basement of their burning school, chased cross-country by murderous lunatics, left for dead in the pit of a sand dune, forced to decipher mysterious coded messages, thrown into a giant vat of SPAM, and visit the world's largest . . . ball of twine!

There's more, but if we told you here, we'd have to kill you.

Megapopular author Dan Gutman brings on the excitement with an action-packed new series that's nothing short of dynamite. Join Coke and Pep on their quest to uncover just what it means to be part of The Genius Files . . . if you dare!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the first book in the Genius Files series, "almost-teenager" twins Coke and Pepsi get caught up in a secret society of brilliant kids chosen to save the nation from terrorists. With an abundance of photographs, clip art–style illustrations, and reader-directed asides—"Ordinarily in a story, this is where the author tells the readers what the main character... look like.... But you know what? Who cares?"—Gutman unfolds his story quickly, and, within pages, readers will be invested in the twins' adventures. After learning someone wants to kill them, they set out on a cross-country RV trip with their parents, receiving death threats, meeting bad guys, and thwarting every evil plan, while making pit stops at such quirky (real) destinations as a Pez museum in Burlingame, Calif., and two gigantic balls of twine in Kansas and Minnesota. Coke and Pepsi are amusing (if accidental) heroes, and their parents are the perfect parody of clueless, overenthusiastic grownups. There is no shortage of humor or action, though the oddball brand of danger shouldn't frighten younger readers. All in all, Gutman continues to do what he does best: entertain readers. Ages 8–12. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
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. It is not, however, without flaws. Fraternal twins Pepsi and Coke McDonald are super-smart California kids who are, unknowingly, part of a post 9/11 experiment by a mad scientist to identify the brilliant kids who can combat terrorism. But Mad Dr. Warsaw, the instigator of The Genius Files, rapidly loses faith in his experiment and vows to destroy all the brilliant children he earlier identified. Sending his minions out to kill Pepsi and Coke, he does not account for Coke's endless, prank-honed tricks that save the pair from the "Bowler hat dudes" and their freakishly tall gym teacher (Jane Lynch, anyone?). They are also protected by Mya and Bones, the disguised school janitor. Their clueless parents take the twins on a cross-country jaunt in a rented RV to all the odd places that America has to offer like the Pez Museum, the Singing Sands Monument, and the Spam Factory. Getting to each of these off-the-beaten-track sites depends on Pepsi's ability to decipher clues left for the twins as to where their arch nemeses will next appear. The story culminates at the House on the Rock, an architectural oddity in Wisconsin where the twins are lured into the Infinity Room and Dr. Warsaw may, or may not, have met his doom. Gutman's references to Monty Python's Spam Song will likely sail over the heads of kids. For me, the most disturbing plot device in the book is the use of 9/11 as the cause of Dr. Warsaw's madness and his Mengele-like attempt to isolate children based on intelligence. Still, the book is exciting, full of far-fetched facts, and a page turner. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—On an ordinary day, Coke, 12, and his twin sister, Pepsi, are chased along a cliff path by a man wearing a bowler hat and driving a golf cart. This is only the first of a series of events in which people, including their health teacher, try to kill them. Eventually they learn that after 9/11, a man who survived the attack at the Pentagon developed a plan, outlined in what came to be called The Genius Files project, to identify children who will solve the world's problems. Based on their standardized test scores, Coke and Pepsi are chosen to be in the first Young American Geniuses group. But before the two can begin to fully grasp this fact, they are whisked away on a cross-country road trip with their parents, stopping off at many wacky tourist traps. Along the way they find ciphers giving them clues to potential attempts on America that they need to try to stop. While this is a fun and mostly funny adventure, it has many plot holes and suffers from poor character development. The Genius Files is only marginally explained and the ending peters out with an attempt at a cliff-hanger. Gutman sprinkles the book with interesting photos and instructions for following the children on their journey, making it a great road-trip novel about offbeat side excursions, but the mystery aspect doesn't quite fit.—Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews

Preteen twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald find themselves battling for their lives while visiting some of America's premier roadside attractions. The prospect of a summer trip from California to Washington, D.C., in a rented RV has the twins underwhelmed—until several murder attempts make a getaway considerably more appealing. It seems that Coke and Pepsi have been unknowingly co-opted into a Secret Government Program, and their first mission is simply to stay alive as mysterious assassins follow them and their oblivious parents on a wandering itinerary from Nevada's Singing Sand Dunes to the SPAM Museum in Austin, Minn., to the rococo House on the Rock in Iowa County, Wisc. 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 involving the RV's septic system and a giant tank of liquefied SPAM, along with his usual generous measures of quick action and snarky repartee. He also leaves the McDonalds with at least 1,000 more miles of giant statues and other local wonders to visit—so stay tuned for Part Two. (Adventure. 10-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062062925
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Genius Files Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 32,517
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman

Dan Gutman is the author of many books for children, including the My Weird School series, the Baseball Card Adventure series, and the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series. Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, he has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. Dan lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey, with his wife, Nina.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Thrilling!

    I enjoyed this book so much! I was laughing out loud for a good portion of it, and the other parts I was anxious to see what came next. This book was about Coke and Pepi, two kids singled out and had more than one would care to count enemies trying to get them and kill them because of a reason mentioned in the book. That's the reason I docked it down just a star, because of the consistent references to death... However, despite that the book is light and funny, and the author does a good job of keeping the humor and teamwork up between the two. Recommended for ages 9/10 and up.

    41 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Best

    RECOMEND IT TO EVERYONE! READ NOW!

    27 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Nice!!"!"

    I love it. Worth thr buy......

    23 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Mission Unstoppable

    This is one of the best books ever written by one of the best authors ever. There are plenty of reason to rate this five stars, read it and you wil understand why.

    22 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    ADDICTING!

    Dan Gutman never ceases to amaze his fans!

    21 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Fun read for kids

    The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable is a delightful read for boys and girls. Dan Gutman has a great way of weaving a fun story and packing it with a lot of fun facts about America. Kids can follow along via google map every were that Coke and Pepsi go on their adventures. The author tells the young reader to go and look it up on their computers if they want to follow along and exactly how to do it. I thought this was a very fun idea and might get a child more involved in reading the book.

    Coke and Pep (as everyone calls her) are very smart children. Coke is a bit smarter than his sister, but she is very good at decoding secret notes. From the very beginning of the book there is a lot of action as Coke and Pep find out that there are people trying to kill them. They learn that they are part of a group The Genius Files but they didn't know this because they have some very absent-minded. Some people don't like The Genius Files and want to destroy it so they are trying to kill the kids that are involved.

    Right as they figure out that someone is trying to kill them they are also taking a cross country trip to their Aunts wedding. So you get to go with them on a big adventure to all sorts of places like the Pez museum, The National Yo-yo museum, visit the singing sand dunes, etc. All those places sound very interesting and unique.

    I think anyone who likes to read Middle Grade books from adults to children would enjoy taking the adventure that Coke and Pepsi take and I would recommend it for everyone! I can't wait for the next stop in The Genius Files.

    19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Omg

    Just 1 thing i love this book i think it is AMAZING i cant wait for the 2 book to come out

    16 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Aawsome genuis files book

    I thought it was an adventouas book full of drama

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Very good

    Asome

    13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    By anomonous reader

    I love it ! It's great

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Great book!

    This is such a great book. It is full of adventure. I cannot wait until the next book comes out.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Wow

    They are named after those drinks......lol..

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Awesome book & travel guide!

    The whole family loved it!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Buy this book

    This is a very great book for 10 and up years old .i highly recomend this book to any one .cant wait to get d new one wich is the secomd one

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    LOVE IT!

    It is awesome. Cant wait t read 2nd.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Take the time and read this book !"Love it "!

    I love this book .I can't stop reading it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Great book

    This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!even though i have no read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    2

    Yeah

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Best book ever

    Best dang book ever recamended 9-12. Awesome touch yes if you will read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2011

    Great

    Its a really great book. I camt wait for the next oje.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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