A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Science, history, math, and more are interwoven with lessons in empathy, integrity, and persistence.
Max is laser-focused on doing good things, on improving the world not for herself but for everyone around her.
Positive Role Models
Even though she’s homeless, Max has adults who care for and encourage her.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, is probably the only adventure book starring a homeless, world-saving girl genius to be published, well, ever, and that this page-turner fills a hole no one knew existed. The book is equal parts lessons in hard science and humanity; in the vacant building 12-year-old Max Einstein and her fellow squatters have commandeered, she’s dreaming about practical applications of scientific theories, such as using the manure of the horses that live in a stable there to power a heating system for the building. But her life turns upside down when she’s asked to save the world -- only to find out someone desperately wants to stop her. This fast-paced adventure is packed with heart and academic content, and can prompt deeper thinking about communities. Readers might not expect that homeless children everywhere will be called on to save the world, but it might give a different perspective on the potential every child has within them, regardless of their home or background.
Is It Any Good?
Brainy enthusiasm is front and center in this wholly original story, and it’s fabulous. In lesser books, the fast-paced adventure and witty conversations might make the physics, chemistry, and engineering seem boring, but, thankfully, the science is so pervasive and engaging in Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment, it can’t possibly be overwhelmed. The same illustrations that show Max’s worldwide travels also explain scientific theories in ways that young readers will understand and appreciate.
Max’s homelessness adds depth to her character and weight to the story but never makes it too heavy. Instead, Max’s life opens the way for her to engage thoughtfully with other kids, and have wisdom beyond her 12 years.
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