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 Finn and the intergalactic lunchbox (Finniverse Series)
 Author: Buckley, Michael

 Publisher:  Yearling (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 271 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 166365 ISBN: 9780525646877
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Extraterrestrial beings -- Fiction
 Insects -- Fiction
 Lunchboxes -- Fiction
 Science fiction

Price: $15.89

When Earth is threatened by an invading race of bugs called the Plague, 11-year-old Finn, his arch-nemesis, Lincoln, his crush, Julep, and one pink unicorn lunchbox become Earth's last best hope against destruction.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 509801

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/20)
   School Library Journal (04/01/20)
   Booklist (03/15/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/15/2020 Hold onto your butts as Buckley, author of the popular Sisters Grimm and NERDS series, throws his newest adventure into hyperdrive from page one. Giant locusts, aliens, robots, savage unicorns, and a wormhole-producing lunchbox lead to rapid-fire chaos in this series starter about kids saving the universe. Eleven-year-old Finn is having a tough year, and his latest batch of troubles includes being stuck in the principal’s office with his bully, Lincoln. Without warning, Finn’s lunchbox starts to spew cosmic tendrils of light—followed by a large robot named Highbeam and a piece of otherworldly tech that adheres itself to Finn’s chest. This is how Finn and planet Earth are drawn into an alien war against the Plague—huge, sentient insects on the hunt for their next meal. While Buckley provides light backstories for his main kid characters, this book is entirely about nonstop action and well-placed dashes of humor. Finn and his four-kid crew ping around town and the occasional planet via wormhole, doing their darndest to stop the Plague from settling on Earth. Light-speed fun. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 4–7—Finn Foley's pink unicorn lunchbox opens a wormhole that allows him to move across space and time. It's awesome, aside from the otherworldly creatures now desperate to catch Finn and steal his space-traveling technology. Help soon arrives in the form of a giant robot named Highbeam, determined to protect the lunchbox from a swarming locusts species called the Plague. Finn has no choice but to team up with his school bully (Lincoln), his crush (Julep), and his little sister (Kate) to aid Highbeam on his quest; even if it means calling upon the bloodthirsty, savage unicorns for help. Buckley nails his new series opener with fantastical elements of faraway galaxies, rebellions, and space travel that hook readers from page one. Finn and his pals reflect a younger "The Last Kids on Earth" gang, but with a sparkly lunchbox wormhole generator that's bigger on the inside. Finn and Lincoln's journey of enemies to friends shows them discovering that one never knows another person's struggles. Highbeam's presence doubles as comedic relief and mentor for Finn and his gang. VERDICT Perfect for Max Brallier and Doctor Who fans seeking an action-packed sci-fi adventure.—Emily Walker, Lisle Library District, IL - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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