|How to capture an invisible cat (Genius factor)|
Author: Tobin, Paul
Socially awkward fifth-grade genius Nate Bannister recruits his classmate Delphine to help him reverse one of his many experiments (a dinosaur-sized, invisible cat) while foiling the schemes of the world's most dastardly organization, the Red Death Tea Society.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.80
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 181824
School Library Journal (00/12/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2015 Gr 3–6—In this quick and fun series starter, Tobin uses humor and great imagination to offer younger middle grade readers a delightful romp that will appeal to fans of madcap adventure. Genius inventor Nate and his best friend, Delphine, find themselves in a bit of a pickle on Friday the 13th, when Nate turns his pet cat invisible—and gigantic. Events escalate with the additions of a talking Scottie dog and an evil "Red Death Tea Society." Nate is a lovable underdog and nerd, while Delphine faces issues with friendship and social interactions—themes that will resonate with kids. VERDICT Ideal for book clubs. The easy flow of dialogue and vocabulary will help build fluency and keep readers' attention.—Tracey Wong, P.S. 54/Fordham Bedford Academy, Bronx, NY - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/15/2016 Delphine Cooper is the only member of her sixth-grade class who seems to notice Nate Bannister, a genius with too much intellect and not enough social skills. On each Friday the thirteenth, he schedules himself to do three foolish things, and this time around, he has enlarged his mother’s cat beyond all reasonable size. And turned said cat invisible. And, as he and Delphine try to control the giant invisible cat, he also lets loose the news that there is an international crime syndicate, the Red Death Tea Society, that is trying to destroy him—and now Delphine, too. Delphine’s motor-mouthed narration carries readers along as she tries to keep up with Nate and the rapidly evolving absurd disasters he perpetrates in the name of science. What she doesn’t know about science, she makes up for by being his friend and helping him experience life beyond the predictability of equations and probability. This odd couple proves that teamwork works, and news of a sequel will likely be met with applause. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.