THE GENIUS FILES by Dan Gutman: An Adventure Recommendation for Tweens

The-Genius-FilesThe Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman

Twins–a boy and a girl–out to explore Americana with their family on a road trip.  Sounds tame, but slightly familiar. . .But wait!  Twelve-year old twins Coke and Pepsi (yes, there’s a story behind their names) find themselves part of a secret government plot!  They discover they are on a list of Young American Geniuses (YAGs) who are slated to solve the complex problems of the nation.  We join them in their their adventure-filled trek across the US, which includes stops at the Donner Party Memorial, a museum of PEZ memorabilia, and the world’s largest ball of twine, all while being pursued by dangerous “dudes with bowler hats.” Frequent sidebars direct readers to Google Maps to track the twins’ journey, and occasional photos of the attractions add to the fun. A humorous–and quite suspenseful–read.  But wait!  There’s more:  this book is just the first installment, with the fifth just out. A treat for young James Bond fans, as the titles are often plays on Ian Flemings’ novels (such as You Only Die Twice and From Texas With Love).

Another highly recommended tween series.

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