Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What's Christian Reading? The Genius Files: Never Say Genius

Christian is still deep into the Hardy Boys mysteries, but he also managed to read another book. I swear, he reads books like there's no tomorrow (don't get me wrong, it's a good thing). This week, he's going to fill us in on The Genius Files: Never Say Genius by Dan Gutman.

This is what Christian says the book is about.

"It's about two kids, one boy and one gir, who are geniusesl. Their names are Coke and Pepsi. They were part of a secret society called The Genius Files. The head of the society is Dr. Herman Warsaw. He turned out to be a crazy, maniacal freak. He supposedly died in a fall from the Infinity Room.

"Coke and Pepsi get tracked down by their psycho health teacher, Mrs. Higgins, who turned out to be Dr. Warsaw's fiance. The kids have some help from Mya and Bone, two grownups involved in The Genius Files. They pop up every once in a while in the most unexpected places.

"They meet another Genius Files kid called Archie Clone who happens to know that the million dollar reward given to The Genius Files kids once they reach the age of 21 isn't really a million dollars for each of them, but $1 million split between everyone. Archie wants the prize all for himself, so he is killing off all the other Genius Files kids.

"First, he tries to dip Coke and Pepsi in a vat of boiling oil while he pretends to be a McDonald's french fry exhibitor. Then, he tries to freeze them in a Mr. Softee truck by being covered entirely in ice cream. They manage to escape from both predicaments."

Here's what Christian liked best about the book.

"I liked how they escaped from every predicament dreamed up by either Mrs. Higgins or Archie Clone. They use their noggins to escape. They're geniuses--literally."

Was there anything Christian didn't like about the book?

"I didn't really like the surprise at the end--I'll let you find that our for yourselves."

So, how did Christian rate The Genius Files: Never Say Genius by Dan Gutman?

He gives it five out of five flaming monkey heads.


  1. Dan Gutman came to my school a few years ago and spoke to the kids. It was fun to meet him. I have read many of his books- but not this one. I am curious about it. I like that Christian didn't like the surprise at the end, but still liked it enough to give it 5 flaming monkey heads. :)

    1. That's neat. It's always great to meet authors that you enjoy. Christian seemed to like the book a lot, in spite of the ending.