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The Secret Science Alliance

Genius Julian is psyched to start a new school. He has a plan called “Operation Act Odinary” to finally be someone other than the smart nerd. On the first day of school he resists raising his hand and exclaims, “Only geeks like chess. I hate chess!” On the second day he can hardly stand it and eventually blurts out a complicated physics answer and immediately earns the nicknames “Einstein” and “Brainiac.” He’s the smart kid again and he’s really bummed!

What Julian doesn’t know is that there are kindred spirits in his school…and they’ve been watching him. Watching and waiting. And then they make contact by encoded message, a message only a fellow genius would figure out. Classmates Ben and Greta show up at the rendevous and induct Julian into their covert club, The Secret Science Alliance. They even have a top secret hideout full of high tech toys and gadgets and all kind of parts to invent things with. Look inside their hideout – a smart kid dream come true!

The kids start to meet up everyday after school and on weekends to work on their projects: the stink-o-meter, nightsneak goggles and a hovercraft, just to name a few. When a rival scientist steals their book of ideas and is sure to use it for his evil plans, it takes all of their genius and gadgets to bring him to justice. Author: Eleanor Davis Award: Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth 2010.

This book is full of colorful, busy, interesting illustrations – it’s a graphic novel so every page is illustrated. There are diagrams of inventions and cutaways so you can see inside things. Make sure you look at some preview pages.

A lot of the pictures look like Rube Goldberg machines. Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist famous for drawing funny, complicated machines that do very simple things…like sharpen a pencil or put toothpaste on a toothbrush. At Rube’s Official Website you can look at a gallery of his drawings. These drawings were inspirations for some of what you see in The Secret Science Alliance. There are lots and lots of details in each picture and the diagrams contain many steps and lots of labels. Purdue has a famous contest each year named after Rube Goldberg. During the contest, students try to build the most complicated machine to perform a simple task. The task for the 2010 contest is…dispensing hand sanitizeer…or course!

If you like gadgets and technology, try these. Howtoons even has experiments for you to try.
Trackers NERDS M is for Mama's Boy STORM The Infinity Code
Howtoons The Secret Science Alliance Chemical Reactions Max Axiom The Indestructible Metal Man
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H.I.V.E. #4: Dreadnought

H.I.V.E. #4: Dreadnought

Dreadnought

Otto and his friends Wing, Laura, & Shelby are still at H.I.V.E., the Higher Institute of Villainous Education learning how to become the world’s top supervillains. They have mad skills in computer hacking, martial arts and stealth.

This time, a rogue group of villains have decided to takeover G.L.O.V.E. (Global League Of Villainous Enterprises) and start their own sinister group. To do that, they have to bring down G.L.O.V.E. leader, Diabolus Darkdoom. To get to him they do what bad guys always do, they kidnap someone Diabolus cares about to make him cooperate. That person is Nigel Darkdoom, Diabolus Darkdoom’s son who is a student at H.I.V.E. and one of Otto, Wing, Laura and Shelby’s friends.

When headmaster Nero and Raven’s plans start to fall apart it is up to the kids to formulate their own, highly dangerous and very unauthorized rescue operation to save their friend. If the bad guys are fighting and you are fighting the worst bad guy…doesn’t that make you a good guy? I think so! Author: Mark Walden

Don’t miss H.I.V.E. #1, #2, and #3. Also try the kids of S.T.O.R.M. (Science and Technology to Over-Rule Misery) or The Trackers – all teams of highly intelligent kids with great gadgets.
H.I.V.E. The Overlord Protocol Escape Velocity STORM The Infinity Code
STORM The Ghost Machine STORM The Black Sphere Trackers Shantorian
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The Search for Wondla

The Search for Wondla

The Search for Wondla

Eva Nine has lived inside an underground bunker her entire life with only her Muthr (Multi-Utility Task Help Robot zero-six) for company. Muthr has been programmed to take care of Eva Nine. If you have a lot of brothers and sisters at home maybe this sounds pretty good – a robot to see to your every need and provide constant entertainment. But Eva Nine is lonely. And bored. And she wants to go OUTSIDE. She wants to know most of all, “is there anybody out there somewhere, like me?”

When the bunker is attacked by an alien Eva Nine gets exactly what she wants. She’s outside and she’s not at all alone, although now she kind of wants to be! Outside the bunker live fantastic over-sized creatures – some want to be her friend, but some want to eat her.  Eva Nine does the only thing she can think of, she sets out toward the only other place she has ever heard about that might have humans in it. A Star Wars – like adventure with a likable hero who has funny, loyal robots and aliens for friends. Author: Tony DiTerlizzi Tony co-wrote The Spiderwick Chronicles with Holly Black. Wondla is full of his great illustrations and if you have a webcam…the book includes directions for using it to enhance those illustrations. (See second video below.)

  • Wondla Official Website
  • The Search for Wondla on CD
  • Read Chapter One The Serach for Wondla (Listen to actress Teri Hatcher read an excerpt – third video below.)
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    Boom!

    Boom!

    Boom!

    When Jim’s sister Becky informs him she overheard a teacher saying he is a lazy nuisance and likely being sent to Fenham – a school for kids with problems – Jim doesn’t know if the story is true, or he’s being punked. Becky isn’t exactly trustworthy, but at the same time, what if it’s true?

    The only way to know for sure is to do some investigating. Jim’s friend Charlie has the just the thing – a set of walkie talkies. One walkie talkie can be hidden in the teacher’s lounge while Jim and Charlie listen in on the conversation on the other.

    This terrific plan goes bad when A.) the teacher’s lounge conversations are too boring for words and B.) Jim and Charlie overhear something odd. Something crazy. Something they just can’t leave alone. The thing is SO huge and SO not able to be ignored the two break into their teacher’s house to get to the bottom of it…and find out more than they ever wanted to know. Sometimes, teachers seem like they are from Mars…but what if your teacher really is an alien? What if the alien plan is to destroy the earth? What can a couple lazy nuisance kids do about it? Jim and Charlie are about to show what a real nuisance they can be! Author: Mark Haddon 

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    If you like Jim and Charlie’s outer space adventure try these:
    Mike Stellar Nerves of Steel The Doom Machine Cosmic The True Meaning of Smekday
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    The Doom Machine

    The Doom Machine

    The Doom Machine

    Jack Creedle is minding his own business one morning running his newspaper route when a flying saucer hovers over his town. Finally, something interesting is happening in Vern Hollow. But why did the Skreeps choose to land in tiny Vern Hollow? Skreeps usually invade planets, take everything they want for themselves and enslave the people living there. This time they seem to have something different in mind. They are looking for something all over Vern Hollow and they’ll do just about anything to get it.

    Jack’s Uncle Bud, the town auto mechanic, has been acting a little strange, well, more strangely than usual. He’s been busy in his backyard shed tinkering on a special projects he’s built inside an old refrigerator. It turns out crazy Uncle Bud is onto something with this invention. It’s the one thing the Skreeps want. It also might be the very thing needed to save earth from the Skreeps, if Jack and his Uncle Bud and a crew of motley friends (and a couple enemies) can keep them from it. A high flying alien abduction adventure with Jack and his crazy Uncle Bud – two unlikely heroes that run their adventures their own way. Creedles are used to trouble, trouble always find them. This time, the trouble better look out. Author: Mark Teague

    • Play Online Game: The Doom Machine Skreep Attack

    More alien adventures with intrepid, brave and funny kids that are not afraid to take on an alien invasion:
    The True Meaning of Smekday Mike Stellar Nerves of Steel Starcross Trash Crisis on Earth
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