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Genius Under Construction

  • Can Gabe Carpenter survive another year of middle school?
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Gabe Carpenter-St. Jude Academy's resident genius-is back for his final year of middle school. Some things have certainly changed from last year: his 'locker-won't-open' days seem to be over, his rolling backpack has been replaced by his grandpa's briefcase, he's now the basketball team's official analyst, and he, along with all of the other eighth graders, are allowed to sit on "The Rock." Other things have stayed exactly the same: Gabe has yet to figure out girls (especially his second best friend and crush, Maya), he's still in that class for gifted students, and his embarrassing bodily functions continue to well, embarrass him.

On the cusp of graduation, this eighth grade status brings some inescapable realities. Gabe, along with all of the other graduating students, must complete fifteen hours of community service. Thinking his talents would be best used in service to others academically, he picks tutoring. But when he finds out he will be working with a student who has a learning disability, things become a bit more complicated than expected.

At home, an envelope with an unfilled application to Carolina Science and Math High School is shoved in the bottom of his closet. With the deadline quickly approaching, Gabe is being pressured by his parents, grandma, and the memory of his dead grandpa to make a decision of whether or not to apply. He loves science, but is he willing to leave his friends behind to go there next year? Leave Maya? At least Gabe can still turn to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, to help him along the way...

Join Gabe as he finishes up his last year of middle school, discovers how his giftedness can serve others, and follows his academic passion.


Haynes has definitely created an excellent, enjoyable sequel. One wants to keep turning pages, eager to see how it is all going to work out for Gabe and his friends.... I can only hope that Haynes will go on to write many more “Genius” books because I can’t wait to read them! I heartily recommend this series for any middle-schooler.

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Spiritual Woman Blog


Author: Marilee Haynes

Series: Genius          Chronology: Book 2

Pages: 224

Cover: Soft

Price: $9.95


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Marilee Haynes Introduces AKA Genius and Genius Under Construction (01:02)
Best-selling author, Marilee Haynes introduces AKA Genius and Genius Under Construction. Marilee Haynes is married and a mother of three young children. She also blogs at CatholicMom.com. These books were published by Pauline Books & Media in a growing line of middle grade novels. The Daughters of St. Paul have been publishing books as part of their media mission for almost one hundred years.
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