Never Say Genius (Genius Files Series #2)

Never Say Genius (Genius Files Series #2)

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by Dan Gutman
     
 

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Today is Coke and Pepsi McDonald's thirteenth birthday. Someone's out to make sure they never make it to thirteen and a half.

Racing across America,
the twins will nearly be
boiled alive
in a huge basket of french fries,
frozen to death
by soft-serve ice cream,
stampeded
in a wild stadium riot,
kidnapped
from a

Overview

Today is Coke and Pepsi McDonald's thirteenth birthday. Someone's out to make sure they never make it to thirteen and a half.

Racing across America,
the twins will nearly be
boiled alive
in a huge basket of french fries,
frozen to death
by soft-serve ice cream,
stampeded
in a wild stadium riot,
kidnapped
from a high-speed
roller coaster, and
worst of all
their parents think
they're totally joking!

Will they survive? Will they defeat Archie Clone? Will they be dropped out of a helicopter onto the tip of the Washington Monument? Will they ever say "genius"?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062099273
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/24/2012
Series:
Genius Files Series , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
128,390
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series. He is also the author of the Baseball Card Adventure series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world, and the My Weird School series, which has sold more than 9 million copies.

Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, Dan has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nina. You can visit him online at www.dangutman.com.

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Never Say Genius (Genius Files Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good fith grade action comody book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recomend this book if you like advencher books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that the genius file is a good book.I think you should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh cry and oh my gosh i loved this book especially the first one thank you dan gutman!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book,, but left me hangin at the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really good book
fscsoccer6 More than 1 year ago
This book is going to be awesome if the first on was great.I am definitaly pre-ordering this today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. Cant wait for 3rd to come out.
Brenda Maddaleni More than 1 year ago
BY THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The end of the book is cliff hanger so weather you like it or not you'll read the next personally i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So scary at times i thouht they were going to die i even cried!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read this now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I ever read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an AMAZING series! The author did a great job of anouncing this book, and with a lot going on in this book Dan Gutman did a nice job of explaining it. I would gave this book a thumbs up, and be sure to be at th edge of your seat!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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) :)
Amelia_Eve More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loks good. Everyone ar school says thats its really good. Should i get it?
Bellbug10 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book I'm 10 years old and this is the best series I have ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read the first and now the second and they were both really good. WARNING you must read the first before the second or it absollutly doesnt make sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOMLY EPIC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow very good