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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein is a juvenile fiction series about kid geniuses, perfect for 4-6th graders.

Twelve-year-old orphan Max Einstein knows nothing about her past or where she came from. Oh, and she’s a genius. She hacked into the records to attend NYU, she’s independent and looks out for her fellow homeless acquaintances. She is all alone until one day, Max is recruited by CMI, a mysterious good-doer organization called the Change Maker Institute.

CMI’s mission is to change the world for the better and with the help of other kid geniuses, Max may get the chance to do just that. But a shadowy corporation known as the Corp. is also out to “recruit” Max, by force if necessary.

Can Max and her friends stay safe from the Corp and change the world at the same time?

This is another STEM-y book I am going to use for my STEM book club. It’s a bit long for my crew but it reads pretty quickly, so I think it will be OK. It’s probably more of a 5-6 grade read, but we like a good challenge.

This was a really fun read. I liked Max as a character a lot. She’s smart, resourceful and caring. She’s also a strong character even though she has some insecurities. These insecurities, in fact, make her relateable even though we aren’t all geniuses like her. I also really like Max’s team of kid scientists. I think this is a really fun element and allows for a lot of different personalities work together.

I think this is going to be a great series for informing kids about what problems are out there in the world and getting them thinking about what part they can play in the crisis. This book gets a high 4 stars from me.

That’s all for now!


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