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Grdankl the Strong, president of Krpshtskan, is plotting to take over the American government. His plan is to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School, located in a Maryland suburb just outside Washington. The rich kids at Hubble cheat by buying their projects every year, and Grdankl’s cronies should have no problem selling them his government-corrupting software. But this year, Toby Harbinger, a regular kid with Discount Warehouse shoes, is determined to win the $5,000 prize—even if he has to go up against terrorists to do it. With the help of his best friends, Tamara and Micah, Toby takes on Assistant Principal Paul Parmit, aka “The Armpit,” a laser-eyed stuffed owl, and two eBay buyers named Darth and the Wookiee, who seem to think that the Harrison Ford–signed BlasTech DL-44 blaster Toby sold them is counterfeit. What transpires is a hilarious adventure filled with mystery, suspense, and levitating frogs.

Science Fair

by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

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Overall Review:  

Make no mistake, Science Fair by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is pretty silly stuff and all about fun.  Levitating frogs, countries with a shortage of vowels, and car chases in Weinermobiles is not high art, but it sure is entertaining.  I can practically guarantee that a reader between the ages of 9 and 13 (especially if the reader is a boy) will like this book.  Rapid-fire dialogue moves this book along and I was impressed that the last third of the book was a sustained climax.  There is no such thing as over the top in this book.  If you or someone you know is in the need some escapism material, pick up Science Fair and get started.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  8 religious exclamations.


Violence/Gore:  A character chases another character and is bitten by a dog; a robot with laserbeams destroys some property and chases a character; a character is punched; a character is hit with a traquilizer gun; characters are tackled; there are reports of mobs, rioting, and gunshots; characters battle with toy lightsabers; there is a car chase and crash; a character's head is knocked into a wall; a robot pokes a character; characters wrestle; a character is stunned with a stun stick.


Sex/Nudity:  Two characters discuss whether another character is "hot".

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Terrorism, cheating in school, lying.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

An adult drinks a glass of wine.

Reviewed By Cindy
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