Science Fair

( 52 )

Overview


Grdankl the Strong, president of Krpshtskan, is plotting to take over the American government. His plan is to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School, located in a Maryland suburb just outside Washington. The rich kids at Hubble cheat by buying their projects every year, and Grdankl's cronies should have no problem selling them his government-corrupting software. But this year, Toby Harbinger, a regular kid with Discount Warehouse shoes, is determined to win the $5,000 prize-even if he has to go up ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (130) from $1.99   
  • New (21) from $1.99   
  • Used (109) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 3
Showing 1 – 10 of 21 (3 pages)
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand New Condition.

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New
Brand New Condition.

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New
Brand New Condition.

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New
Brand New Condition.

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New
Brand New Condition.

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New
Brand New Condition.

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New
Brand New Condition.

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New
Brand New Condition.

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New
Brand New Condition.

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 3
Showing 1 – 10 of 21 (3 pages)
Close
Sort by
Science Fair: A Story of Mystery, Danger, International Suspense and a Very Nervous Frog

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$6.99
BN.com price
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.

Overview


Grdankl the Strong, president of Krpshtskan, is plotting to take over the American government. His plan is to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School, located in a Maryland suburb just outside Washington. The rich kids at Hubble cheat by buying their projects every year, and Grdankl's cronies should have no problem selling them his government-corrupting software. But this year, Toby Harbinger, a regular kid with Discount Warehouse shoes, is determined to win the $5,000 prize-even if he has to go up against terrorists to do it. With the help of his best friends, Tamara and Micah, Toby takes on Assistant Principal Paul Parmit, aka "The Armpit," a laser-eyed stuffed owl, and two eBay buyers named Darth and the Wookiee, who seem to think that the Harrison Ford signed BlasTech DL-44 blaster Toby sold them is counterfeit. What transpires is a hilarious adventure filled with mystery, suspense, and levitating frogs.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble

Grdankl the Strong has concocted an ingenious, insidious plan to achieve world domination. If all goes well, the president of far-off Kprshtskan will infiltrate the Hubble Middle School science fair, sell the rich kids virus-laden software and wait until the entire U.S. of A. crumbles in total computer freeze. The only thing that Grdankl had counted on was the honesty and savvy of regular kid Toby Harbinger, a middle schooler on a mission. High adventure; nice light tone. Now in paperback.

VOYA - Christina Fairman
Eighth grader Toby Harbinger finds evidence of cheating at an annual science fair, but no one wants to believe him when he points to the wealthiest students in the school. Instead teachers and administrators decide that Toby is a liar whose goal is to disparage those who always win the contest. Their projects, however, have been purchased from a mystery person and include dangerous and classified information. Through a series of offbeat adventures, Toby learns that the plans are really part of a larger terrorist plot orchestrated by the dictator of fictional Kprshtskan, whose leaders are hapless buffoons with inflated egos and no awareness of their irrelevance on the global stage. Middle readers will enjoy the heroic depiction of a young person who challenges unreasonable adults for what he believes. Plenty of humorous moments will also appeal to younger readers. Older readers, on the other hand, will question the wildly improbable premise. Some may also bristle at the farcical portrayal of Kprshtskan. The ridiculousness of its leaders (and by extension, its citizens) is overworked and ultimately condescending. Even though it is a fictional country, for example, one still feels embarrassed when the President of the United States refers to it as a "dirtbag little nation." Most perplexing, however, is the odd juxtaposition of humor and terrorism. The incorporation of terrorists, even if their motives are ridiculous, injects a stark reality into the story that weakens the plot. This book is best as a secondary purchase. Reviewer: Christina Fairman
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

When Grdankl the Strong, president of the small, but extremely unhappy country of Krpshtskan, declares war on the United States, no one is safe. Its agents are en route to Hubble Middle School where an operative has been working for several years to create award-winning science-fair projects for underachieving children and their overinvolved parents. This is the year that the top projects will be designed to work in concert to bring down the United States in one enormous, electromagnetic pulse strike. All that is standing in the way of this diabolical plan are three students, a science store operator, a handful of bumbling FBI agents, and a giant Weinermobile. Barry and Ridley have created a wild story of danger, espionage, stinky cheese, exploding vats of Coca-Cola, and one floating frog. This nonstop, action-packed novel will appeal to every kid who has ever had to do a science-fair project.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

Kirkus Reviews
Eighth-grader Toby Harbinger and his outcast friends would look forward to the science fair if it were a fair competition. However, every year the rich (and obviously brainless) kids submit wonderful projects they had about as much to do with as they did the creation of the Parthenon, and one of them always wins. Toby discovers how they're doing it, but no one will believe him. Suddenly, someone is framing him for cheating. He's suspended, then grounded, then arrested for terrorism. There's more going on at this year's science fair than anyone (except Toby and his friends) knows: Turns out fixing the fair might just save the country! Barry and Pearson, co-authors of numerous Peter Pan-based novels (Cave of the Dark Wind, 2007, etc.), turn their attention to our reality (sort of) with laugh-out-loud results. A wildly unbelievable page-turner that's all the more fun for its over-the-top silliness, this is Carl Hiaasen's Hoot (2002) on suspect mushrooms. The short chapters plus the promise of a sequel will please reluctant readers as well as those seeking laughs, suspense and floating amphibians. (Science fiction. 10-14)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423113249
  • Publisher: Disney Editions
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author


Dave Barry
is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of more than a dozen books, including Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far); The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog; Dave Barry's Money Secrets; and Big Trouble. With Ridley Pearson, he is coauthor of Peter and the Starcatchers; Peter and the Shadow Thieves; Peter and the Secret of Rundoon; Peter and the Sword of Mercy; Escape from the Carnivale; Cave of the Dark Wind; and Blood Tide.

Ridley Pearson
, in addition to coauthoring the Peter and the Starcatchers series with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author of Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark; Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn; Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow; Steel Trapp: The Challenge and Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has also written more than twenty bestselling crime novels, including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

Biography

In the introduction to Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down, the author addresses the desirability of his job as a humor writer and syndicated columnist. "It looks so easy!" he wrote. "...Every year, hundreds of thousands of people try their hand at this demanding profession. After a few months, almost all of them have given up and gone back to the ninth grade."

Yes, Barry is juvenile at times -- but he has achieved the kind of success that can only come from combining a juvenile mind with intelligence, timing, and a keen eye for the absurd. Favorite Barry targets include government inanity, dogs, guys, the Internet, and other oddities of life. He also specializes in weird news and urban myths involving UFO hunters, Pop-Tart science, and toilets. Many of these essays feature the line that has become his catchphrase, "I am not making this up." (Unless, of course, he is introducing something serious and daunting such as a book about the federal government, in which case he reassures that he has made everything up.)

Usually, though, he's not making it up. What he's doing is making it very funny. Whether the target is Congress or commercials, Barry refuses to take anything seriously, least of all himself – but he manages to convey some pretty indicting truths in the process. He's a master of irony and visual punchlines, sometimes interrupting himself with lists, snippets of dialogue, or other on-topic digressions. On the subject of turning 50 and dealing with waning eyesight (a "good thing" about aging, because "you can't read anything"), Barry describes finding restaurant menus suddenly printed "in letters the height of bacteria." He continues: "For some reason, everybody else seemed to be able to read the menus. Not wishing to draw attention to myself, I started ordering my food by simply pointing to a likely looking blur.

ME (pointing to a blur): I'll have this.
WAITER: You'll have "We Do Not Accept Personal Checks"?
ME: Make that medium rare."

Barry has had the most successful and prolific publishing career of any working newspaper columnist, and his humor never seems to go out of style. In 1999, he decided to try his hand at fiction. The result was Big Trouble, a comic thriller à la Carl Hiassen (though filled more with gags than guns) that Entertainment Weekly proclaimed "... not only very funny, [but] sure-footed, even-handed, levelheaded, and other leading book review adjectives." In 2004, he and Ridley Pearson collaborated on Peter and the Starcatchers, a clever prequel to Peter Pan that spawned two additional novels and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Along with several other published authors, Barry is a member of the musical group Rock Bottom Remainders. In assessing the band's talents, he has been quoted as saying: "They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud."

Good To Know

The Rock Bottom Remainders was originally organized by a publicist to perform at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention. The members -- which include (or have included) Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, Barbara Kingsolver, Mitch Albom, and Matt Groening -- even took their show on the road at one point, turning it into the now out-of-print Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude.

Some things never change: Barry was elected class clown by his Pleasantville High School class in 1965.

Barry got his start in journalism at the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, then worked as a business writing consultant before joining the Miami Herald in 1983.

Attempts to convert Barry's humor to the screen have been less than memorable. The early '90s CBS sitcom based on two of his books and starring Harry Anderson, Dave's World, was short-lived; the spring 2002 release Big Trouble, starring Tim Allen, didn't fare well at the box office. Barry did, however, get a cameo in the latter.

Read More Show Less
    1. Hometown:
      Miami, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 3, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Armonk, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
    2. Website:

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 52 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(41)

4 Star

(4)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(3)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 52 Customer Reviews
  • Posted November 1, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Great read for middle schoolers

    Written with lots of Dave Barry style humor. Lots of adventure and suspense that kept me wanting to read more.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Extremely good and hilarious book.

    This book is fantastic. Very funny humor. Completely for people who love peter and the starcatchers. Next reccomended book: The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    One of the funniest books have read with my 8 year-old!

    This was so funny! My 8 year-old (she's an advanced reader) and I read it together and even I didn't want to put it down. She still quotes parts from it. Just imagine a high speed chase with a Wiener Mobile involving constumed Star Wars fans and spies with cheese in their pants and you'll get the picture of just how out there this book is.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 14, 2013

    funniest book iever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    funniest book iever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    I love it

    This book is awsome! If you like Star Wars, weird things, Mento Coke Explosons, and high speed hot dog chases ,then his is for you!

    ( There is a woman wearing a Princess Laia Metal Bra!)

    So this book rocks and this book is awsome i am 10 and love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Is it really that good?

    I've read Peter and the Shadow Thieves by the same people and it was really good, but for some reason I'm kind of reluctant to buy this book. Is it really as good as every one is saying? What if I don't like it? The only reason I'm saying this is because it doesn't sound like something I would like to read, but at the same time part of me thinks I should give it a try. Any tips?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Funny and suspenseful

    Possibly one of the best books ive ever read

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Anonymous

    Best comedy book ever!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Great read

    Hilarious, with a surprising twist at the end. One of my favorites.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    How can you nptove this

    First rhobngs first i hate you people who go around govong oome star just because read something for a change gosh darn it and this book is best pn bpok and tape totlly awesome i think its read by the athour or pne pf them ateast i admire their creativity dernsky and verlsk as well as jimmijimmi are the nest namever this book made .e laugh out loud

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Hilar

    Hilarious. Cou not put down

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Monty Python meets Andrew Clements

    Hilarious! Great story and a great read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Buy it.

    It is the most thrilling esponiage adventure with a heck load of crazy. Plus it was witty.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    To the Authors:

    See the post from 'Bridge to Neverland.'

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    GOOD

    This is a great book

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Anonyous

    This is the best book ever! I read it 20 times and it never gets old.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    I have read a lot of books but this one is one of my favorites

    I highly reccomend this book to anypne who likes humor and adventure

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Awsome!

    A great book but not for everyone, get the free sample first

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Why are you people making such rude comments?

    I read this book awile ago. I looked it up on my nook to find the author. I cant believe that this piece isnt enjoyed. It is def worth the money. I recomend it for ages 10 through 15.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Sample

    Get the sample or go to you closest library and read parts of it before u dicide about if u like the book or not.ok.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 52 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)