|Sci-Fi Junior High (Sci-Fi junior high)|
Author: Seegert, Scott
[Book 1] As the new student at Sci-Fi High School on an inter-galactic space station, can Kelvin Klosmo, the unremarkable son of Earth's two most famous geniuses, save the universe from a mad scientist?
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.90
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 188222
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.70
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 70621
Kirkus Reviews (-) (11/01/16)
School Library Journal (-) (01/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/15/2016 Seegert mines tried-and-true tropes for this new addition to James Patterson’s JIMMY imprint. Hardly has Kelvin Klosmo started middle school at the interstellar Galactic Science Hub than he’s gotten caught up in a food fight, been stuffed into a space helmet by the local bully, and experienced other typical middle-school problems. Worse, though, the giant robot his brainiac parents invented is hijacked by power-mad custodian Erik Failenheimer. Zarfloots! Can Kelvin and his circle of new friends scotch the scenery-chewing villain’s evil schemes of galactic domination before all schnort breaks loose? (Do you doubt it?) Along with frequent changes of typeface that break the print narrative up into more easily digestible segments, sheaves of cartoons in single panels, vignettes, and short sequences are interspersed throughout the text, boosting the comedic action into even higher orbit. A crowd-pleaser that, for a change, doesn’t rely on megaviolence, poop jokes, and clueless grown-ups for laughs. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2017 Gr 4–6—Kelvin Klosmo is the son of two of the smartest scientists in the universe. His father, a famed robotics professor, and his mother, a renowned neuroscientist, are brought to the Galactic Space Hub to work on a top-secret project. Still adjusting to his new life aboard the Space Hub, Kelvin is transferred to Sciriustrati Fibronoculareus Junior High School. On his first day, Kelvin is immediately singled out: with great parents come great expectations, and everyone at school thinks Kelvin is a supergenius, too. The only problem is that Kelvin's brainiac powers haven't quite kicked in—a conflict that is overly emphasized. The point of view of Professor Erik M. Failenheimer, a villain whose goal is to bring down the Klosmo family, is interwoven with Kelvin's narrative. The illustrations flesh out secondary characters and will engage reluctant readers. At times, Kelvin's voice lacks authenticity and doesn't ring true to how kids speak. Jeffrey Brown's hilarious "Star Wars: Jedi Academy" series is a better example of sci-fi with "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"—style illustrations. VERDICT Fun, creative graphics carry a lackluster story. Consider purchasing for libraries with large budgets.—Jocelyn Charpentier, Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, MA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.