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"Chris Grabenstein just might be the smartest writer for kids in the universe." —James PattersonWhat if you could learn everything just by eating jellybeans?! Meet the Smartest Kid in the Universe and...
"Chris Grabenstein just might be the smartest writer for kids in the universe." —James PattersonWhat if you could learn everything just by eating jellybeans?! Meet the Smartest Kid in the Universe and...
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  • "Chris Grabenstein just might be the smartest writer for kids in the universe." —James Patterson
    What if you could learn everything just by eating jellybeans?! Meet the Smartest Kid in the Universe and find out in this fun-packed new series from the Bestselling Author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor of Max Einstein!

    12 year old Jake's middle school is about to be shut down—unless Jake and his friends can figure out how to save it. When Jake spies a bowl of jellybeans at the hotel where his mom works, he eats them. But those weren't just jellybeans, one of the scientists at his mom's conference is developing the world's first ingestible information pills. And THAT'S what Jake ate.
    Before long, Jake is the smartest kid in the universe. But the pills haven't been tested yet. And when word gets out about this new genius, people want him. The government. The mega corporations. Not all of them are good people! Can Jake navigate the ins and outs of his newfound geniusdom (not to mention the ins and outs of middle school) and use his smarts to save his school? BONUS! Includes extra brainteasers to test your smarts!
    "Clever, fast-paced and incredibly funny—Chris Grabenstein has done it again." —Stuart Gibbs, New York Times Bestselling author of Spy School

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    Patricia Malvolio, the new principal of Riverview Middle School, was giving a special, after-hours tour of her building to a very important guest: Mr. Heath Huxley.

     

    “This school is in terrible condition!” said Mr. Huxley.

     

    “I know,” giggled Mrs. Malvolio. “Isn’t it marvelous? It’s perfect for our plans.”

     

    The lockers were dented and rusty. Overhead, fluorescent lights sputtered in their tubes, pleading to be replaced. Paint peeled off the cinder-block walls in chunks the size of potato chips.

     

    “What’s that smell?” asked Mr. Huxley, covering his mouth and nose with a dainty silk handkerchief.

     

    Mrs. Malvolio sniffed the air.

     

    She was tempted to say Your breath, since Mr. Huxley’s never smelled minty or fresh.

     

    “Tuna fish salad?” she suggested. “Stinky cheese? Moldy pizza? It’s hard to tell. The refrigerators in the cafeteria are . . . unreliable.”

     

    Mrs. Malvolio tugged down on the canary-yellow blazer that matched her canary-yellow blouse. The tugging caused her necklace—three rows of big, multicolored beads—to clack.

     

    “Now, as I told you,” she said, “Riverview is currently considered the worst middle school building in the district. Given the new budget cuts, the city will be forced to close one middle school this year. I suspect it will be us.”

     

    She led the way into her office. Mr. Huxley went to the window to admire the view of the river.

     

    “This is magnificent, Patricia.”

     

    “I know. It’s why this school is called Riverview.”

     

    “And what will the city do with this marvelous property once they shut down this dilapidated excuse for a school?”

     

    “Oh, I suppose they might auction off the land to the highest bidder.”

     

    “Who will also be the smartest bidder,” said Mr. Huxley, stroking back his slick black hair. “The one who understands how truly valuable this property is.”

     

    “Yes, Uncle Heath,” said Mrs. Malvolio. “They’ll probably sell it to you. And then you’ll pay me that very generous finder’s fee we discussed when I applied for this principal position.”

     

    “Indeed I will, Patricia.”

     

    They both laughed maniacally.

     

    It ran in the family.

     

    2

    Jake McQuade wasn’t the smartest kid at Riverview Middle School, but he was definitely the coolest.

     

    The school itself, on the other hand, was kind of shabby.

     

    The place hadn’t fallen apart all at once. If it had, people might’ve done something. Riverview’s decline had been slow and steady. It took time and neglect. No one ever thought to repaint the cinder-block walls. Or to replace the lockers, most of which were too bent out of shape to be locked anymore.

     

    “We try,” Mr. Lyons would tell Jake. “We try.”

     

    Mr. Charley Lyons was the school’s vice principal, a social studies teacher, and the basketball coach. He’d been at Riverview for over twenty years.

     

    “But the new principal?” He shook his head. “ ‘Le zumba el mango,’ as my grandfather used to say.”

     

    Jake never knew what Mr. Lyons was saying when, all of a sudden, he...

About the Author-

  • CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mr. Lemoncello and the Welcome to Wonderland series, as well as the coauthor of many page-turners with James Patterson, including the Max Einstein series, and of Shine! cowritten with Chris's wife J.J. Grabenstein. Chris lives in New York City. Visit Chris at ChrisGrabenstein.com and on Twitter at @CGrabenstein.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 5, 2020
    After seventh grader Jake McQuade, a dedicated slacker, gobbles a jar full of jellybeans, he discovers that they were an experiment to convey “Ingestible Knowledge.” Thanks to an unprecedented combination of ingredients, he’s now crammed full of amazing new facts, figures, and trivia. His new knowledge assists him in joining the school’s quiz bowl team, searching for a legendary lost pirate treasure, and being recruited by the U.S. government to solve top-secret cases. It may also help save dilapidated Riverview Middle School from closure as part of the principal’s shady land development scheme. With this fast-paced romp, Grabenstein (the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series) delivers a heartfelt, tongue-in-cheek tale packed with trivia. Jake, who is white; his Kojak-quoting best friend Kojo Shelton, who is Black; and his crush, academic-minded Grace Garcia, who is Latinx, make for an entertaining trio, facing off against rival quiz bowl teams and corrupt school administrators with equal aplomb. Episodic in feel, this amusing adventure also works as a humorous love letter to public education and dedicated teachers. Ages 8–12.

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