A.K.A. Genius

A.K.A. Genius

by Marilee Haynes


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Thirteen-year-old Gabe Carpenter is just like any other middle-school boy at St. Jude Academy, well, except for the fact that based on his scores on some seventh grade test, he is considered a "genius" and is placed in an enrichment class with other gifted students. But he sure doesn't seem like a genius-after all, he can't even open his own locker and his brain stops functioning when Becca, his sister's best friend, comes around.

As if these problems aren't enough to deal with, he is convinced that one of his arms is longer than the other, he has yet to grow a mustache, and his second best friend is mad at him. Even worse, his nervousness causes some pretty embarrassing bodily functions. And at home, his dad expects him to be some kind of basketball star athlete instead of a science nerd who predicts the weather.

Join Gabe as he navigates the trying times of middle school, wonders what it means to have brains, and learns what it truly means to be himself.

Themes include: self-acceptance, giftedness, and humor.

Features & Benefits:

  • Offers relatable characters, particularly with respect to the male protagonist
  • Incorporates humor while exploring issues relating to growing up
  • Integrates religion with academics and culture
  • Provides a model for building honest and healthy relationships
  • References various patron saints
  • Includes multicultural characters
  • Affirms the value of the individual, encouraging each person's unique talents and/or skills
  • Promotes self-acceptance and finding one's place in the world

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819808301
Publisher: Pauline Books & Media
Publication date: 08/28/2013
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 665,956
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Marilee Haynes lives with her husband and three young children just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. A full-time stay-at-home mom, she writes middle-grade fiction in stolen quiet moments (in other words, when everyone else is asleep). This is her first novel.

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a.k.a. Genius 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is awsome it is my favorite and if u like this u should get "how to survive middle school"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When thirteen year old Gabe Carpenter is told he did exceptionally well on a big exam and is a genius he doesn't realize how much his life is about to change. How can he be a genius if he can't open his locker lock, talk to his sister's best friend, or shoot a three point shot? Now his second best friend hates him, his father doesn't pick his son for the annual Thanksgiving basketball game, and he has to tutor his crush! GAS class keeps him on his toes with Sister Stevie, and preparing for the biggest competition of his life.