The Genius Experiment
The Genius Experiment

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Series: Max Einstein Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Max Einstein and a group of international geniuses use their creativity and curiosity to help solve some of the world's toughest problems with science.
Catalog Number: #171694
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Johnson, Beverly,
Pages: 338 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-52396-8 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3268-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-52396-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3268-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018023094
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A homeless genius orphan is recruited by one organization and hunted by another.Twelve-year-old orphan Max Einstein never knew her parents, is obsessed with Albert Einstein, lives in a squat above some Central Park stables alongside other good-natured down-on-their-luck types, and attends NYU using fabricated records. Her cozy existence is shattered when the powerful Dr. Zimm and the mysterious Corp target her. Luckily, she's swept off to Israel, where she meets a group of highly diverse, multicultural fellow child prodigies, the other "contestants" at the Change Makers Institute. (Max is white.) The CMI's testing them to find a visionary genius prodigy to lead world-improving projects, but Max has more interest in their aims than their tests. (While the book celebrates curiosity and learning, it also repeatedly rebukes standardized tests in favor of creativity and daydreams.) Max takes advantage of a chance to make friends her own age, while the Corp—with an alluded connection to Max's past—closes in on her. Once a winner's selected and a team formed, it's off to the Congo on a mission to bring solar power to a village in hopes of encouraging African investors in industries other than mining (which uses child laborers). Max's morality, love for humanity, and free spirit make a refreshing counter to the familiar computerlike, elitist genius archetype; evasion scenes bring thrills; problem-solving provides delightful role-modeling. The ending promises a sequel.A fun, positive book with plenty of heart. (Thriller. 8-12)
Publishers Weekly
Johnson-s wry sketch of the iconic photo of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue, accompanied by his observation that -Imagination is more important than knowledge,- opens a lively and astute series launch by frequent collaborators Patterson and Grabenstein. Max Einstein, a homeless 12-year-old genius, knows nothing about her parents, her past, or the origins of her treasured suitcase filled with Albert Einstein memorabilia. The feisty girl-s infatuation with the scientist guides her critical problem-solving (-What would Einstein do?-) after she is kidnapped by thugs working for a greed-driven corporation and subsequently recruited by the rival Change Makers Institute, dedicated to eradicating global warming, poverty, war, and pandemic disease. Eight other whiz kids competing to become the group-s -instrument of change,- a cunning double agent, and the good guys- surprising benefactor add to the story-s intrigue, which illuminates present-day applications of Einstein-s scientific theories as well as the wisdom of his humanitarian tenets (-Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile-). Sprinting from Manhattan to Israel to the Congo, the story is an entertaining and thoughtful exploration of perseverance, friendship, creativity, and identity. Ages 9-12. (Oct.)
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Word Count: 46,442
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.1 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 197771 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 700L

*#1 New York Times Bestseller*

What Harry Potter did for magic, Max Einstein does for kids' imaginations! #1 bestselling author James Patterson has written the first and only children's adventure novel officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives.

Max Einstein is not your typical genius. She...
-Hacks the computer system at NYU to attend classes
-Builds inventions to help the homeless
-And talks to Albert Einstein! (Okay that's just in her imagination)

But everything changes when Max is recruited by a mysterious organization! Their mission: solve some of the world's toughest problems using science. She's helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet. But that's only if the sinister outfit known only as The Corporation doesn't get to her first...

"[A] fast-paced, science-filled caper." --The Wall Street Journal
Max Einstein is a heroine for the modern age and will be looked up to by readers for generations to come.

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