a.k.a. Genius

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Category: Contemporary
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Date Published: 2013
Number of Pages: 208
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When Gabe Carpenter takes a standard IQ test with the rest of his seventh-grade class, he discovers he is technically a genius.  As it turns out, being labeled a genius has some serious drawbacks.  He loses one of his best friends due to envy; he gets placed in an advanced class with extra projects; he gets picked on by some of the other middle-schoolers; and he is generally misunderstood by friends and family alike.

As the story progresses, Gabe encounters several humorous obstacles with which every middle-school-aged child can relate.  He stinks at sports, yet he must work on a school project about the science of sports.  He is too shy to mutter a coherent word to one of the prettiest girls he’s ever seen, yet his parents force him to become that girl’s math tutor.  And don’t even ask what “stinky” event happens whenever his nervous stomach cramps up—even in the middle of Sunday Mass!

Gabe must overcome his lack of self-confidence, an impossible combination lock, a disappointed father, and a class bully before he finds peace with himself and his newfound status as the school’s resident genius.  He’ll also eventually learn why Saint Jude—the patron saint of “lost causes”—won’t seem to intervene on his behalf.

Marilee Haynes has written a thoroughly enjoyable, captivating, and touching masterpiece of a book that should be on every middle-schooler’s shelf.  Not only is this book appropriate for readers of all ages, but it also conveys strong family values without being heavy-handed.  The clever plot, witty dialogue, and strong characterization make this a wonderful read that both parents and teens will enjoy.  I highly recommend it!

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ISBN-13: 978-0819808301
Original Language: English
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Tony is an author, speaker, and law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law. He is also a retired Air Force officer. He is author of The Chronicles of Xan inspirational historical fiction trilogy for youth (available at chroniclesofxan.com), as well as many legal articles on home education law and the First Amendment. Learn more about him at antonykolenc.com.


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