Phineas L. MacGuire...Erupts! (From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire Series #1)

Phineas L. MacGuire...Erupts! (From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire Series #1)


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ISBN-13: 9781416947349
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/08/2007
Series: From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 126,250
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Frances O’Roark Dowell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Dovey Coe, which won the Edgar Award and the William Allen White Award; Where I’d Like to Be; The Secret Language of Girls and its sequels The Kind of Friends We Used to Be and The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away; Chicken Boy; Shooting the Moon, which was awarded the Christopher Medal; the Phineas L. MacGuire series; Falling In; the critically acclaimed The Second Life of Abigail Walker; Anybody Shining; Ten Miles Past Normal; Trouble the Water; the Sam the Man series; and The Class. She lives with her family in Durham, North Carolina. Connect with Frances online at

Preston McDaniels is the illustrator of the Phineas L. MacGuire series and Cynthia Rylant’s Lighthouse Family series. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska, with his wife and two daughters.

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Phineas L. MacGuire ... Erupts!

The First Experiment
By Frances O'Roark Dowell


Copyright © 2006 Frances O'Roark Dowell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4169-4734-9

Chapter One

My name is Phineas Listerman MacGuire.

Most people call me Mac. It's okay if you call me Phin. You can even call me Phineas. Forget about calling me Listerman.

I am allergic to fifteen things. My mom says this is not true, that I'm only allergic to two things, peanuts and cat hair. But I am a scientist, and she's not. I have scientific proof that it makes me itchy to think about the following items:

Avocados Yogurt, any flavor Cottage cheese Grape jelly Any kind of kissing, especially when there's lipstick Celery Purple flowers Purple Magic Markers Purple crayons Anything purple Moist towelettes in foil packs Telephone calls All girls

I started fourth grade three weeks ago. When I started, I had a best friend. His name was Marcus Ballou. Marcus is also a scientist. We were a scientific team. We specialized in volcanoes, caves,fossils, all insects, and the solar system. But mostly volcanoes.

We have made and erupted over eighty-seven volcanoes in our lifetime. It's very simple. You take an empty soda bottle (big) and put it in a baking pan (also big). Fill the bottle with lots of baking soda and four or five squirts of dishwashing liquid.

Then add vinegar and stand back.

You should do it outside, in case you were wondering. Unless you have a less irritated mom than mine. Then maybe you could do it on the kitchen table. If you're like me and spill stuff everywhere even when you're trying really hard to be careful, you should definitely do it at a friend's house.

Here is the problem with Marcus: He moved. To Lawrence, Kansas. This is bad for at least two reasons. Now we aren't a scientific team anymore. Also, he waited until the second week of school to move. If he had moved before school started, then I would have known to look around for a new best friend on the first day.

But I didn't know to do this. I still had Marcus.

Everybody knew that me and Marcus were best friends and a scientific team. No one else tried to be best friends with us. They picked other best friends.

Here's what you would hear all the time:

"Mac and Marcus" "Mac and Marcus" "Mac and Marcus"

Now all you hear is:

"Mac" "Mac" "Mac"

Scientifically speaking, it's a pretty lonely sound.


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Phineas L. MacGuire...Erupts! (From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire Series #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
tzaleski on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This book makes Science Fair projects cool for everyone! Main character, Phineas, even explains the two different types of projects, which many of my students have a difficult time understanding. He models how to be inquisitive about your enviroment and even includes directions for two experiments in the post pages of the book. Good lessons/themes in asking questions, giving people a second chance, and making the best of your situation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She nods "Thank you"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hes at old camp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All non evil cats can join!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked around and cought fresh kill for the clan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Son. You wish to speak to us?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
See Shadowheart's message at res three. Applies to Opalpaw, Firepool, Everpaw, Skypaw, Forestpaw, Talonpaw, some other apprentises I can't think of because of the headache...
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It is a very funny good book.
Ryan W More than 1 year ago
i love this book
marinewife22 More than 1 year ago
It is so hard to find books for boys that aren't Sci Fi or Scary. My son is 8 and loves books that make him laugh and think! He was reading "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" but while we are waiting for the next one, I started looking for a new book and found this one. Its about a little boy starting the school year without his bestfriend. Good book, We need more of theses for our boys!! Thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Erupts is an extrodinary read, kids all over have this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This appears to be the first book in a series called From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire and it's a great start. Phineas, aka Mac is a very likeable, if clumsy fourth grader, who loses his best friend to a move a week or two into the start of the year. 'If he had moved before school started, then I would have known to look around for a new best friend on the first day.' He is also a scientist who was looking forward to pairing with his best friend to win the fourth grade science fair. Now there is no one with anything near his scientific ability except Aretha and while he admires her ability, she is a girl and he is allergic to girls as well as the color purple among other things. Just as he makes his mind up to volunteer to be Aretha's partner, what should his teacher do but pair him up with Mac R, the new kid, who made it very plain on his first day that his new school is far inferior to his old school and is an all-around obnoxiously opinionated person. The book is quick, clever and laugh-out-loud funny and I am looking forward to more books featuring Phineas L. MacGuire.