Never Say Genius (Genius Files Series #2)

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Coke and Pepsi McDonald never asked to be geniuses.

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Coke and Pepsi McDonald never asked to be geniuses.

They never asked to get lowered into a basket of boiling French fries, either. And they certainly never asked to be frozen in soft-serve ice cream, stampeded in a wild stadium riot, or kidnapped on a high-speed roller coaster. But that's what happens when a red-haired villain named Archie Clone is chasing you across America. This just might be the most dangerous road trip in history—and the most awesome!

Want to join in the fun? Fire up the old Google Maps and follow the McDonald twins as they get chased from the National Mustard Museum to the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame. And whatever you do: never say genius!

Don't miss the first action-packed book!

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 4–6—This sequel to Mission Unstoppable (HarperCollins, 2011) picks up right in the middle of the McDonald family road trip, but knowledge of that book is not essential as the narrator breathlessly recounts its highlights. It isn't long before the 13-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi find themselves in hot, er, oil. Yes. Even though they thought they dispatched the evil Dr. Warsaw in the last go-round, it seems that a new evil mastermind is pursuing them—Archie Clone, a kid genius with a penchant for hats and a resemblance to Archie of comic-book fame. As the family zigzags across the eastern half of the country en route to Washington, DC, they stop at a variety of oddball roadside attractions, where, if the twins don't find themselves in immediate peril, they find mysterious ciphers that need decoding. The various stops are real places, such as the Mustard Museum in Wisconsin and Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. Text boxes give instructions for finding the McDonalds' route in Google Maps, and black-and-white photographs and illustrations of the codes are included. Kids will appreciate the book for its nonstop action and goofball humor; character development is weak. Coke and Pepsi have the most clueless parents ever and the villains are strictly laughable. Buy for reluctant readers wanting something fast, or for fans of "The 39 Clues" (Scholastic).—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald squeak through numerous murder attempts at roadside attractions across the Midwest and on eastward. After berating readers who skipped the opener, Mission Unstoppable (2011), Gutman picks up his unconventional cross-country travelogue where he left off. He takes the RV holding his 13-year-old brainiacs and their oblivious parents from the National Mustard Museum in Spring Green, Wisc., to the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. Along the way, he pauses to suspend the sibs in French-fry cages over boiling oil outside the first McDonald's, imprison them in glass vats of soft-serve ice cream at Ohio's spectacular Cedar Point Amusement Park, lock them inside Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum (with a Megadeth track cranked up to mind-blowing level) and subject them to other perils. What's up? It seems aptly named bad guy Archie Clone and other assassins are out to kill, or perhaps test, them before they can join a secret organization of child geniuses and collect a huge reward. Tucking in small photos, instructions for following the route on Google Maps, facts about attractions large and small and mysterious ciphered messages, the author brings his confused but resourceful youngsters to an explosive climax and a shocking revelation that guarantees further adventures on the road back to the left coast. Nothing spices up a boring road trip like moments of extreme terror. (Adventure. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061827686
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/24/2012
  • Series: Genius Files Series , #2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 277
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    ITS FINELY HERE!!!!

    This is a good fith grade action comody book!

    18 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Great books

    I highly recomend this book if you like advencher books

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    The genius file

    I think that the genius file is a good book.I think you should read it.

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Lol omg

    This book made me laugh cry and oh my gosh i loved this book especially the first one thank you dan gutman!!!!!!!!!!!

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    AAAAWWWWEEESSSOOOMMMEEE!!!!!!

    Cool book

    13 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    so cool

    It was a really good book

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    AWESOME!!!

    BY THIS BOOK!

    13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Great book

    Great book,, but left me hangin at the end

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    The Genius Files

    This book is going to be awesome if the first on was great.I am definitaly pre-ordering this today.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    This series is amazing.

    BUT plz don't try this at home!

    9 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    LOVE IT!

    This book is awesome. Cant wait for 3rd to come out.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Really

    Use your grammer great book

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Fantastic read

    read this now!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Awesome

    The best book I ever read!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Read my reveiw please

    My dad loved the first book because it had a Spam musem in it. He was like "where is this place? We have to go there with your Uncle." Then he started calling everyone. It was cool.
    My point is it is perfect for all ages. How can you get any better than that. It made me so happy that I could make a "Big" conversation. Now, we have the second book the genuis files 2 to talk about.(thanks for letting me share my story)
    Anyways, this book is amazing. I was scared at times, but it get's better. I won't spoil it for you guys. I just wanted to write a reveiw. I recomend this book totaly. I would also recomend the first book. Trust me, you will fall in love with this amazing book!!:)
    Thanks for spending your time reading a middle school girl's reveiw. Thanks again. If you could PLEASE remember to press yes. BYE

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Best

    BEST BOOK YET
    Alexander Blau
    This book is funny and has action and it is a book anyone even an adult an enjoy(but mostly kids) :)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    The greatest bookever

    My class read the frist one together and it was awsome. Then i boght the secound one and evryone loved it it is all about ,mistory and action

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    This is one of my favorite books!

    I'm ten years old and have read a lot of books and this one is at the top of my list! This is the second Genius Files book, but just as good as the first one. It is very funny, but also has some factual information. There was also lots of action, and I overall LOVED IT!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    ImetDanGutman

    I met dan gutman and he told our school that there is a third genius files book. It is coming out in January in 2013. That is probably why the ending might leave u hanging

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    That dude is suprose to be dead!!!!

    The end of the book is cliff hanger so weather you like it or not you'll read the next personally i love it

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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