Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures, Book One)

Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures, Book One)

by Elise Stokes

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ISBN-13: 9780615377131
Publisher: JACE Publishing LLC
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Elise Stokes lives with her husband and four children. She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time mom. With a daughter in middle school and two in high school, Elise's understanding of the challenges facing girls in that age range inspired her to create a series that will motivate young teens to value individualism, courage, integrity, and intelligence. The stories in the Cassidy Jones Adventures series are fun and relatable, and a bit edgy without taking the reader uncomfortably out of bounds.

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Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Aik More than 1 year ago
Oh. Wow. Cool! These were my exact reaction to what happened to Cassidy Jones. She is a heroine readers will definitely like and relate to. At first, I didn't know what to expect, but as the story progressed, I was quickly immersed in this fictional world, eager to know what would happen next. This book is suitable for middle graders and young adults. The contents are 100% clean, so parents have nothing to worry about. The fighting scenes are not bloody and gory, but they are told in a way that would definitely hold the reader's attention. This book is really exceptional in the sense that it has a wonderful plot, some really interesting characters, a plausible event which started it all, and an adept storyteller who combined all these elements. If you haven't read it, go get yourself a copy today!
FiveAlarmBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula is the first in what I hope becomes a long running series. Elise Stokes is a gifted writer who has written a home run for the genre in which it is intended. I am so excited to read a book that is not only appropriate for upper elementary through young adult, but is also appealing to both male and female readers alike. I can easily see middle school readers latching on to this series and making it a real hit that will be read for many generations to come. Can I vote now for a movie on this series? With the adventure, the mystery and Cassidy's super powers, Elise Stokes has delivered everything that a young reader could hope for. I recommend Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula by Elise Stokes to both male and female readers, upper elementary through young adult, who are looking for excitement in a fast paced read. Teachers, this is a great classroom book.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
ELISE STOKES' "CASSIDY JONES AND THE SECRET FORMULA" (A REVIEW) I have to say that I was absolutely intrigued from the very beginning of this story and simply could not put the book down. Elise Stokes has woven a fantastic tale about a 15 year old girl that unwittingly finds herself becoming a scientific blunder. Turned into a super hero she soon has to join forces with the scientists son in order to save his mother from possible doom. This story has all elements of surprise and a captivating side story involving the life of a teenager in High School. This book is great for kids ages 12 and up and I cannot wait for the sequels to come! Elise Stokes ranks up there with other YA masterminds! This is a definite must -read book! -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Dranea More than 1 year ago
Flaming hair, kicking butt, and taking names. That is what Cassidy Jones is all about. This girl used to be a wallflower, but not anymore. She stepped up to the plate and she is taking anyone down who gets in her way. Her family is pretty dang cool, she has a twin brother, super hero lovin' little brother, a famous dad, and the perfect mom. Forget the Cleavers, this is the family I wanna belong to. Her friends are pretty amazing too. Emery and Miriam are definitely two characters you won't be forgetting in a hurry. A famous geneticist is kidnapped right after Cassidy's dad tries to interview her. Unfortunately, the interview gets cut short because Cassie has a small accident. She falls off a rickety old stool and busts her head open on one of the cluttered tables in this lab. As she does, some of the creepy looking bottles on burners mix and Cassidy inhales the vaopr right before she knocks herself out. I'm not saying she turns into Spiderman or anything like that, but what does happen to her after that is pretty freaking cool. Cassidy and Emery create a bond when he comes to live with them for a while while the search for his mother continues. Cassidy isn't sure at first if she can trust him, but soon learns he is unlike any boy she has met before, and discovers her trust is will placed in him. With his brains and her skills, there will have to be one heck of an army in place to stop them. The problem is - there is one heck of an army, and one deranged, evil bad guy waiting to stop them. This was a super fun story and one that I have had on my shelf waiting to be read for some time now. I wish I had been able to get it sooner, although maybe I won't has as long to wait now for Cassidy's next adventure. This book was full of twists and turns, and there was always something happening. I never felt there was a lull in the story line, and I really could not put it down. I read the entire thing TODAY. This is a great YA book, it says that it is appropriate for 12 and older, I honestly would have no problem with my 9-year-old daughter reading this book. As a matter of fact, she has been eyeballing it and asking me how I like it. I think I will have to pass it along to her to read tomorrow. There is a bit of blood in the story, but no one is killed, so if you do not like your child reading anything with violence in it, be warned, there is fighting. But it is done with little description and no disturbing imagery. There is also no love story in the background, so you don't have to worry about your young one getting into a kissy, touchy, feely book. This book is ALL YA, and just because there is a lack of holding hands and anticipating first kisses, this book is chocked full of great story telling. This reviewer gives it 4 stars and wants to thank Elise Stokes for giving me the chance to read and review her amazing work.
helenlochburn More than 1 year ago
WOW! I love this book! I enjoyed Cassidy's character and in a way, was easy to relate to. I really liked how Elise Stokes found the perfect words to describe something, in which she was continuily successful throughout the novel because it just made everything so interesting! Before reading this book, I have to admit that I wasn't looking forward to a mystery one. However, after putting down the book once around 10 pages in, I felt I had to finish it because I usually try to finish everything I start. So, after I opened the book again, I just got so sucked into it that after the 4th hour the first night, I was almost halfway done! Its an excellent must-read book and I recommend it to pretty much everyone!
CorranBK More than 1 year ago
The problem with most "origin" stories is that they take forever to get interesting as the author spends entirely too much time trying to describe the main character to the reader. After that they introduce a cliche "super problem", and then finish off with a predictable ending. You won't find any of those problems in this book. The author of "Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula", Elise Stokes, succeeds where so many others fail by letting the reader get to know Cassidy Jones by virtue of the story itself. Not only is the reader getting to know this new heroine, but the reader is pulled into the storyline as Cassidy Jones is a character that most people will find easy to identify with, sympathize with, and even admire and cheer for. As such, I don't just recommended this book to teenage girls but to everyone who considers themselves a fan of the fantasy, sci-fi, or superhero genres. A sequel is on the way, and I am excited to see how both Cassidy and her creator grow as the series continues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a grandmother and a great grandmother I am delighted to find an author like Elise Stokes. Our young people need wholesome reading material! Our current culture seems compelled to spill out filth on our children from every possible direction. The reading of books has always been a way to educate and inspire the young. It is sad to see the decline of such a wondrous media. Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula is full of mystery and adventure and yet in the midst of a great story depicts loving, respectful and honoring relationships. My salute to Elise Stokes for seeing the need and daring to use her awesome writing talent to present this book (and, I hope a series of books) to a very parched writing arena directed to our youth. Keep them coming Elise, keep them coming!
electriclolly More than 1 year ago
My kids both read Cassidy jones and the Secret Formula and loved it, so I decided to have a look for myself. I enjoyed it very much and would definitely recommend it to others. Stokes is an awesome story-teller with great insight into the teenage mind. The character of Cassidy Jones is engaging and relatable. It was a real page-turner. I look forward to the next book!
ComicGeek94 More than 1 year ago
I love Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula!!! This book has so much going on that I never got bored. Between the mystery, Cassidy's mutation, and school life problems the book went down a pretty unpredictable road from the start. I couldn't guess what would happen from one minute to the next. Cassidy Jones is a freshman in high school who evolves into a mutant with super strength, speed, and senses after a freak accident in Professor Serena Phillips' lab. The professor is kidnapped and Cassidy and the professor's genius son, Emery, embark on an incredible journey to save his mother. Emery Phillips is the most interesting character. You just don't know what's up with the guy. He is so mysterious! Overall this book is incredible and I highly recommend it for all ages.
dolldiva2 More than 1 year ago
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula is one of the best books out there for young adults. Elise Stokes has created a wonderfully charming character in Cassidy Jones. Young girls everywhere will identify with her teenage struggles and her humorous insight to all sorts of situations. When she discovers her super powers, she is completely delightful in how she deals with the changes she is undergoing. Emery, her best friend and confidant is a fascinating complex character and one that most girls will want to get to know better. In fact, all of Ms. Stokes characters are very likable and well developed. The reader will feel like they are real people and you know them. I loved the entire story line, the action and most of all the humor. This book reminds me of a modern day Nancy Drew and it is sure to become a series that is in high demand. Everyone will want to see what situations Cassidy and Emery get themselves into next! I know I can't wait for the next book! I rate this book a 5 star and highly recommend it to all ages.
redmojomama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must proclaim that I am not normally a Young Adult reader. I've struggled to read a couple and just couldn't do it. Not so in the case of Cassidy Jones! I loved the book from beginning to end. It's a wonderfully engaging read, perfectly appropriate for the age level it's intended for but so well-written and fun that any age can read and enjoy it.I love Cassidy - she's adorable, totally 14 and completely courageous. Her hormones are raging naturally, then throw in the secret formula and watch out. All the characters are very well-drawn and her family life is believably wonderful.Her newfound pal, Emery, is a combination of heart-throb and nerdy intellectual that's very appealing. Their interactions are so spot-on that I felt I was back in high school with them, struggling to get through the drama and trauma.I highly recommend this book to adults - young and old - who just want to have a good time once in a while when they read. You'll love it.
Al_Stone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. So glad I finally finished it, and it's not because of lack of enthusiasm. Just too much workload. I loved Cassidy and Emery. They had great chemistry. The story was well executed. It's a simple storyline: Cassidy Jones starts off as your average teen dealing with sibling rivalry and boy crushes until an accident at a laboratory turns her world upside down.It's a well written book, and a good start to a series. It was full of adrenaline. There were moments when the pace slacked a little, but it often quickly picked up pace again that it wasn't much of an issue. The character of Arthur King was annoying, I must say. He just kept talking, so much so that I felt I could shoot him just to shut him up. I'm not sure if that was the intended reaction I was supposed to have towards this character, but that's how I felt.I sense there's a lot more adventure to come with Cassidy and Emery - and hopefully what seems to be a budding romance. It's a good read.
jenniferochs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula By Elise StokesDisclosure: I received this book free from the author for the purpose of a book review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC¿s 16 CFR, Part 255 : ¿Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.¿This is the first book in the Cassidy Jones Adventures. Elise Stokes does an amazing job for setting the stage in this young adult series. Cassidy Jones is a fourteen year old girl who develops special abilities after an accident. With her new heightened senses, strength and abilities, she partners with Emery Phillips, a fifteen year old genius. Together they set out to find their kidnapped parents. The story is quick moving, and leaves you wanting more. Elise Stokes is a wonderful storyteller. Her characters are rich, believable, as well as relatable. She eloquently uses descriptive language to convey what the characters are feeling without overdoing it. There is adventure, excitement and overall enjoyment with this read. As the relationship and trust between Cassidy and Emery grows throughout the story, so does the empathy and likeability develop between the reader and the characters. Stokes leaves the reader with anticipation.
ljldml on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It was quick, fun and full of adventure. It's the most fun a book can be without witches, vampires, werewolves or wizards.The characters in this story are great, they are full of life. The author seems to understandthe psyche of the young teenage mind. The interactions between the siblings and the friendsare priceless. I think this is a great book for Middle School kids. They will get a kick out of Cassidyand her newfound "superpowers". I enjoyed seeing the bully of the school brought down (althoughthis was not done by Cassidy...read the book kids)This is the first in the Cassidy Jones Adventures. Book two is Cassidy Jonesand Vulcan's Gift.
hollysing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A secret formula goes wrong and the professor in charge goes missing. Teenager Cassidy Jones obtains unexpected, heightened powers from a scientific explosion. How will she use them? Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula is a hip, fast-paced adventure chock full of issues young people can relate to. The plot is original and exciting and the characters well-rounded. Main character,Cassidy, is a budding detective full of courage and integrity. This refreshing YA book doesn¿t need vampires or witches to be compelling.Elise Stokes, mother of four children and former elementary teacher understands how kids think and writes the way they talk. Although a clean read, the book is not preachy and will appeal to male and female teens alike. The story is complete on its own and very satisfying, but the door is left open for the next installment.Appropriate for middle school and high school readers. Highly recommended.Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
LindseyGray11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw the cover of this book and was immediately drawn in. The hand drawn cover of the young redhead with an intriguing boy in glasses looking back at her had me captivated before one word was even read. Elise Stokes is not only the genius behind Cassidy Jones, but she also had the tremendous smarts to have Kelly Carter from Mad Spider Studio design the eye catching cover.Between the cover laid the world of the all american teenager, Cassidy Jones. I love how the story begins with Cassidy's day to day life, giving a reader a glimpse at what the fourteen-year-old is all about. She has the same problems that any teen might acquire in this day and age. Yet, when she bangs her head and inhales the mysterious secret formula in the lab of Professor Serena Phillips, it doesn't change who she fundamentally is.As Cassidy begins to notice the changes within herself and the sudden disappearance of the Professor, the perfect wrench is thrown into her life in the form of Emery, the Professor's son. The handsome fifteen-year-old depicted on the cover is not at all what Cassidy expected. He's smart, a little geeky, but has a big heart and the knowledge to help Cassidy through the changes she's beginning to experience. The bond that the two teens form is not those of an epic romance, but the beginning of a trusting and lasting friendship. Although I do hope for a little teen romance as the series progresses to the next novel, ¿Cassidy Jones and Vulcan's Gift¿.Cassidy is not the typical superhero, but she is the best one I have read to date. She's flawed in her own way. She makes decisions sometimes as a fourteen-year-old and not at the new super being she has become. All in all, Cassidy is someone you want on your side who will give you one adventurous ride.If you're looking for adventure, suspense, and a kick-ass female superhero, The Cassidy Jones Adventure series is most definitely for you.
robertmorrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll begin with a disclaimer: I rarely read books in this genre and, outside of Harry Potter, I don't think I've read any series. According to the author's website, her motivation was "to create a series that will motivate girls to value individualism, courage, integrity and intelligence," so I will also have to disclose that I am not a teenage girl.This is why when I say I can't wait for the next installment, you should be impressed.The focus of the book is obviously Cassidy Jones. Cassidy is a vivid, complex character who has fantastic, bizarre things happen to her but always remains an authentic human being. The plot and the other characters serve more as a background to the more important journey as Cassidy's growth as a young woman. I'm sure the other characters will gain dimension as the series progresses, but in creating Cassidy, Elise Stokes has created a much more interesting hero for her series than Mr. Potter and Cassidy's journey is more relevant to our lives and times. Cassidy moves through mood swings, back-and-forth, one step forward, two steps back, crashes and falls, makes sudden turns, changes her mind, makes decisions and regrets decisions . . . in other words, she is a genuine non-linear human being like many teenagers (and like many adults, who are better at building facades to hide their human inconsistencies). Cassidy also makes mistakes, says dumb things and exhibits numerous flaws. She's human, and the reader can't help but develop a strong connection with her.The contrast with the Potter books is just that. Harry Potter is more about the world Ms. Rowling created and a struggle of ideologies; Cassidy Jones is more about what it means to be a real human being at a time of life when possibilities are endless and endlessly confusing. While there are hints of that theme in the Potter novels, Ms. Stokes is more successful with it.The book is definitely a page-turner (I finished it in three days while sneaking in some reading sessions at work) and features frequent bursts of ironic humor to keep the reader's perspective in check. The five-star rating I'm giving this book takes into account the fact that this is the first in a series and should be judged on that basis. The book does have flaws here and there, primarily having to do with Cassidy as narrator. Being narrator and hero of the book is quite a heavy load to carry and sometimes Cassidy-the-narrator speaks with too much sophistication and too rich a vocabulary for a 14-year old girl. It might be interesting to relieve her of the narration duty in future installments, or perhaps use the dual-narrator approach that Dickens used in Bleak House.These are minor distractions that even the great novels contain. Ms. Stokes is off to a fabulous start in her journey "to create a series that will motivate girls to value individualism, courage, integrity and intelligence," but I think Cassidy Jones has the potential to transcend that limitation and appeal to all people, regardless of age or gender.
RavenswoodPublishing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ELISE STOKES' "CASSIDY JONES AND THE SECRET FORMULA" (A REVIEW)I have to say that I was absolutely intrigued from the very beginning of this story and simply could not put the book down. Elise Stokes has woven a fantastic tale about a 15 year old girl that unwittingly finds herself becoming a scientific blunder. Turned into a super hero she soon has to join forces with the scientists son in order to save his mother from possible doom. This story has all elements of surprise and a captivating side story involving the life of a teenager in High School. This book is great for kids ages 12 and up and I cannot wait for the sequels to come! Elise Stokes ranks up there with other YA masterminds! This is a definite must -read book!-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Dranea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Flaming hair, kicking butt, and taking names. That is what Cassidy Jones is all about. This girl used to be a wallflower, but not anymore. She stepped up to the plate and she is taking anyone down who gets in her way.Her family is pretty dang cool, she has a twin brother, super hero lovin' little brother, a famous dad, and the perfect mom. Forget the Cleavers, this is the family I wanna belong to. Her friends are pretty amazing too. Emery and Miriam are definitely two characters you won't be forgetting in a hurry.A famous geneticist is kidnapped right after Cassidy's dad tries to interview her. Unfortunately, the interview gets cut short because Cassie has a small accident. She falls off a rickety old stool and busts her head open on one of the cluttered tables in this lab. As she does, some of the creepy looking bottles on burners mix and Cassidy inhales the vaopr right before she knocks herself out. I'm not saying she turns into Spiderman or anything like that, but what does happen to her after that is pretty freaking cool.Cassidy and Emery create a bond when he comes to live with them for a while while the search for his mother continues. Cassidy isn't sure at first if she can trust him, but soon learns he is unlike any boy she has met before, and discovers her trust is will placed in him. With his brains and her skills, there will have to be one heck of an army in place to stop them. The problem is - there is one heck of an army, and one deranged, evil bad guy waiting to stop them.This was a super fun story and one that I have had on my shelf waiting to be read for some time now. I wish I had been able to get it sooner, although maybe I won't has as long to wait now for Cassidy's next adventure. This book was full of twists and turns, and there was always something happening. I never felt there was a lull in the story line, and I really could not put it down. I read the entire thing TODAY. This is a great YA book, it says that it is appropriate for 12 and older, I honestly would have no problem with my 9-year-old daughter reading this book. As a matter of fact, she has been eyeballing it and asking me how I like it. I think I will have to pass it along to her to read tomorrow. There is a bit of blood in the story, but no one is killed, so if you do not like your child reading anything with violence in it, be warned, there is fighting. But it is done with little description and no disturbing imagery. There is also no love story in the background, so you don't have to worry about your young one getting into a kissy, touchy, feely book. This book is ALL YA, and just because there is a lack of holding hands and anticipating first kisses, this book is chocked full of great story telling. This reviewer gives it 4 stars and wants to thank Elise Stokes for giving me the chance to read and review her amazing work.
RandyTramp More than 1 year ago
Cassidy Jones, a typical teenager, has her world turned upside down when a laboratory accident occurs. She now has incredible strength, speed, and enhanced physical senses. I loved this book. Cassidy and Emery are excellent characters. They're fun, adventurous, and great to spend several hours with. This is a book for kids of all ages, even ones with grandchildren. Call me weird, but I enjoy going back to high school. This book took me there. I have the second book already downloaded into in my Kindle and I'm ready for more adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the whole female super hero thing. It's fun and entertaining. I think it's important for as many strong brave girl characters to be written as possible. I really loved the characters in this book, good and bad. All fun and interesting and described in a way that you are given a bit of freedom with your imagination. I love that. That being said there are a lot of things that bothered me about this book. SPOILERish from here on out, so stop here if that concerns you. The whole lab scene is silly. Why would any serious scientist allow people in her lab like that for an interview let alone with their kid in tow? Why did her dad even bring her in the first place? What is up with her freckles disappearing like they are some sort of genetic defect? I love Emery, but I hate the way his character reinforces the idea that girls need guys to function. He is bossy and often Cass just goes along with him. I dislike the whole overly emotional thing and her constantly needing his help. Think it would be cooler if her altered state made her less emotional and he helped her notice when she was being cold instead. Why all the empasis on how much she needs him? I see how the author thought strong girl smart guy would be fun, but the whole needy Cass thing bothers me. She just seems overly dependent on him at times. Perhaps she grows out of that as the series progresses. Here's hoping. Cass not knowing her super heroes is annoying. Lots of girls are into super heroes and with their increasing popularity hard to believe even those who aren't would be clueless enough to not recognise hulk. You're main readership here should be girls looking for girl super heroes so seems silly to make her seem so clueless and give the impression that is typical. The constant skipping meals and strange food issues... eats deep fried sugary sugar dough and deep fried potatoes but ew burgers are greasy gross? Wha? Makes no sense. Food moralising is bad. Look it up and learn why please. Eating disorders are not cute or fun or quirky. Sorry but no.
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Great character and story for young adults and those young at heart as well. Fun, fast-paced action, with just the right amount of humor throughout.
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