What did you do over summer vacation?
I'm sure you have been asked that question at least once in your life. My answer usually goes something like this..."Well, I read a lot of books. I took my family to the zoo. We went to the state park and stayed the weekend at the lodge. We swam in our pool. You know, the usual."
For two kids named Coke and Pepsi, summer is anything but 'the usual'.
In Dan Gutman's new book The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable, twin siblings Coke and Pepsi find out they are geniuses. They are part of TGF...The Genius Files...an elite group of the smartest young people in the country selected to solve the many adult problems of today's society. Sound cool? Perhaps...until they learn that someone is trying to kill them!
Thank goodness Coke and Pepsi's parents have decided to take a road trip across America due to the fact that Aunt Judy is getting married near the Lincoln Memorial on July Fourth. The trip should get them out of harm's way. While traveling, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald have planned to stop at various fascinating spots. Not historical spots. Fascinating spots. You see, Mrs. McDonald is the founder and only employee of Amazing But True, a web-based magazine devoted to odd facts, so their cross-country trip will include stops at Burlingame, California, home to the Museum of Pez Memorabilia and Chico, California, home to The National Yo-Yo Museum.
Coke and Pepsi will take you on a fabulous adventure to the Sand Mountain Recreation Area, famous for 'singing' grains of sand. They will take you to the Nevada Shoe Tree and Thunder Mountain. You'll visit the Bonneville Salt Flats and Blackfoot, Idaho--the Potato Capital of the World. And then you'll visit other fascinating sites such as the Dinosaur Capital of the World, the SPAM Museum, and the Continental Divide before reaching the largest ball of twine in America in Cawker City, Kansas.
But alas, along the way, trouble and danger seem to find these two geniuses.
Kids will enjoy this adventurous new tale. Dan Gutman seems to have a knack for writing stories that put kids in charge of situations and in control of their own lives. There is non-stop action and thrills for readers who want to keep turning the pages. There is humor for readers who want a laugh or two. There is danger for readers who live on the edge. There are mind-numbing facts for readers who want to learn something new.
Check out the book trailer for The Genius Files by clicking HERE (or by visiting his website--link below). Super cool! And listen to Dan Gutman talk about his new book HERE.
Don't forget to visit Dan Gutman's website. Plenty of interesting info can be found there such as his rejection letters from publishers who did not want to put his book Honus and Me on bookshelves. Can you imagine? Wow.
AND...I AM SUPER EXCITED to tell you that DAN GUTMAN is visiting BOOKS AND COMPANY in DAYTON, OHIO on FEBRUARY 1 at 7:00 PM. Come meet the author and ask him your questions! I have been to Books and Company many times and am always pleased with the authors and their presentations. After his visit, you can explore store's great selection of awesome reads and pick up a book or two to take home! Click HERE to get directions to Books and Company at The Greene Shopping Center. Maybe I'll see you there!
Mrs. T :)
P.S. Reading is like breathing chocolate air!