The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook, by Eleanor Davis

I love volunteering at the library. The other day I found myself roped into hanging out in the children’s section, shelving their series and “display” books, which usually means graphic novels. One of those latter books was this one, which I grabbed right off the cart and kept with me through all the rest of the sorting and shelving I did that day, just so no one else could take it from me!

And I am very glad I did. This is an excellent book! We have our hero, Julian Calendar (teehee), who is a Big Ol’ Nerd but sees a chance to reinvent himself when his family moves to a new school district. Of course, being a Big Ol’ Nerd is not a curable disease, and so Julian finds his new persona slipping away rather quickly. Luckily, there are some other kids in school who are equally as nerdy, and they group together to form a Secret Science Alliance (with an AWESOME secret hideout) with the goal of inventing things useful to 11-year-olds, like secret message pens and a flying machine. Unfortunately, these things are also useful to crotchety old inventors who are too lazy to do their own work…

I adored this story and the wonderfully crammed illustrations that go with it, and I’m pondering getting this for my 12-year-old brother who loves science-y things. There’s so much stuff to look at that it will definitely do well under incessant re-reading, which is always a good thing. šŸ™‚

Recommendation: For Big Ol’ Nerds, especially those with ADD who will have lots of shiny things to look at.

Rating: 8/10
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See also:
Book Nut

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