Bound To Stay Bound

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 Genius Camp (Smartest Kid In The Universe)
 Author: Grabenstein, Chris

 Publisher:  Random House (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 291 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 389887 ISBN: 9780593301777
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Genius -- Fiction
 Camps -- Fiction
 Computers -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $21.88

Twelve-year-old Jake McQuade--the smartest kid in the universe--goes to a camp for geniuses, where he goes up against the Virtuoso quantum computer, the smartest machine in the universe.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 515717

   Kirkus Reviews (10/15/21)
   Booklist (09/15/21)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/15/2021 Working the same basic plot as The Smartest Kid in the Universe (2020), Grabenstein again tasks a trio of smart kids—two who were born that way and titular slacker Jake McQuade, who gobbled down an entire jar of intellect- and knowledge-enhancing jelly beans—with saving their school and, by extension, the world from an evil corporate takeover. As new wrinkles, Grabenstein trots in pleasant-voiced Lulu, a massive quantum computer with ominous abilities, and archvillain CEO Zane Zinkle, who, along with developing phone apps that turn people into zombified compulsive shoppers, is so chapped at being only the second smartest person in the world that he’s testing special chocolate “Mushmellows” that turn everyone who eats them into fart-joke loving dummies. Along with plenty of helter-skelter action (and fart jokes), Grabenstein stirs in conversations about ethics, plus a handful of challenging visual and logical puzzles for Jake and readers to solve on the way to a tumultuous climax. A rousing sequel, if already a bit formulaic, that promises return engagements. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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