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.
The thing about middle-grade fiction is that it's really fast to read. Don't let that fool you into thinking this has nothing to say, though.
The writing and editing in this book are top-of-the-line, and the message in it is one that I need to hear, and I'm a littttttttle older than the preteen audience this is written for....
The story's believable, the characters lovable, and the overall package good. Now that I'm done with it, I'll be sneaking it onto my eight-year-old's shelves so she can enjoy it too.
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Author: Marilee Haynes
Series: Genius Chronology: Book 1
Posted by Maria O'Connor on 7th Jun 2016
I am a K-8 grade teacher and this book is wonderful. It gets into the mind of a middle schooler and shows us how differently they see the world and how sensitive they are to all we do. I highly recommend it to parents looking for a book for their sons. Gabe has been labeled a genius because of an IQ test but he doesn't feel any smarter in the areas that interest him. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Posted by Barbara on 6th Dec 2015
This is a cute story that introduces middle schoolers to St. Jude, all with middle school problems experienced by Gabe, such as a fight with a friend, his father disappointed that Gabe isn't an athlete, trying to impress the girl he likes, all while trying to cope with the fact that he is a tween genius.