Publisher's Note:  

Copernicus H. Stringfellow, a.k.a. Nick, is not your run-of-the-mill genius. His mind is so powerful it can stop a speeding automobile or stem internal bleeding. As Nick goes about quietly doing good, he discovers that his powers are greatly enhanced by the nutrients present in Twinkies. Follow Nick on his amazing adventures in this humorous and exciting action-packed book for all ages.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cedar Fort

The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow

by Lorin Barber

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The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow by Lorin Barber is hilarious from page one. Copernicus (Nick) is witty, sarcastic, and a genius powered by Twinkies. Imagine his devastation due to the recent Hostess closure! An especially enjoyable chapter is the one about jogging on page 176. I'm talking laugh-out-loud humor. I haven't read a book this funny in a while. Nick's vocabulary is outrageous so if you're looking to learn a few new words, this is the book for you. It will also keep you on your toes as there are several storylines happening at the same time. Lorin Barber does a great job of making it easy to follow though, while keeping things interesting. He gets the pages turning between the suspense, tear-jerking events and even a high-speed chase in what is reported as a "rocket car"! There are also two big surprises at the end that wrap things up very nicely. If you're looking for a light-hearted yet heartwarming read, check out the fabulous The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow!

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Profanity/Language:  None


Violence/Gore: Several (11) brief incidents including verbal and physical threats; character pulls a gun on another; physical spousal abuse; non-life threatening wound from gunshot; fantasy violence; character accidentally kills a bird; character witnesses parent shoot other parent; character's dead body found; accidental death.


Sex/Nudity: Several (20) brief instances such as kissing; holding hands; hugging; dancing closely; snuggling; teen pregnancy; innuendo.

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Spousal abuse, murder, teen pregnancy, death; cancer, kidnapping, divorce, gang-related crime mentioned.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Character addicted to nicotine; two characters have an alcoholic father; discussion of adult and child that it's bad to buy drugs.

Reviewed By Jenny
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